Game Dev Heroes - Shortlist Announced!

Game Dev Heroes has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Game Dev Heroes awards. 

After received more than 550 nominations the Game Dev Heroes team have closeted themselves away, refining down the entries to create shortlists of 8 nominees for each of the 11 award categories.

Each category received loads of inspirational and heartfelt submissions, demonstrating the strength of support across the industry for the sentiment of the awards.

With all the shortlisted nominees notified the Game Dev Heroes judges will now pour over the nominations and determine the winner of each category.

All the shortlisted devs and their guests will be invited to the awards evening, alongside the Game Dev Heroes sponsors, Square Enix, nDreams, Creative Assembly, Ditch The Label, Articy and fellow industry professionals for drinks, pizza and celebrations at the Komedia Theatre, Brighton on 9th July, doors are expected to open at 5.30pm.

Game Dev Heroes remains a free ticket event, to be notified when tickets are available sign up to the mailing list at Gamedevheroes.co and follow Game Dev Heroes on twitter.

Game Dev Heroes 2019 Shortlists

Art & Animation

  • Kristrun Fridriksdottir - Technical Animator, Sports Interactive
  • Shayleen Hulbert - Character Artist, Freelance
  • Conrad Hughes - VFX Artist, nDreams
  • Amy Pearson - Lead/Senior Artist, Mediatonic
  • Xin Ran Liu - Art Director & Co-Founder, Kitfox Games
  • Nick Rodgers - Head of Animation, Frontier Developments
  • Li Sheng - Principal Animator, Rockstar North
  • Danny Sweeney - Senior Character Artist, Creative Assembly

Design

  • Ian Ball - Design Director, Rocksteady
  • Jai Bunnag - Project Lead, Finifugu & Friends
  • Alejandro Arque Gallardo - Game Designer, Square Enix Europe
  • Joanna Haslam - Senior Designer, Snap Finger Click
  • Mihai Irimescu - Level Design Director, Fun Labs
  • Shelley Preston - Senior Designer, Rare
  • Melissa Prosser - Technical Designer, Flix Interactive
  • Jonathon Wilson - Level Designer, Hangar 13

Writing & Narrative Design

  • Ed Fear - Senior Writer/Designer, Mediatonic
  • Chris Gardiner - Narrative Director, Failbetter Games
  • Rebecca Haigh - Writer, Freelance
  • Jon Ingold - Narrative Director / Co-Founder, Inkle
  • Xalavier Nelson Jr - Writer / Narrative Designer, Freelance
  • Ed Sibley - Lead Narrative Designer, Fusebox Games
  • Peter Stewart - Writer, Creative Assembly
  • Olivia Wood - Narrative Editor, Writer & Content Editor, Failbetter Games

Programming

  • Reece Banbury - Programmer, Bossa Studios
  • Alex Darby - Lead Developer, darbotron
  • Dave Ducker - Senior Web Programmer, Lockwood Publishing
  • Lauren Filby - Lead Developer, National Insecurities
  • Louise Malinowski - Senior Technical Animator, EA Ghost Games
  • Hugo Millet - Senior Game Programmer, Sony London Studio
  • Neil Millstone - Lead Developer, Maze Theory
  • Charlie Scott-Skinner - Programmer, Infinite State Games

Sound

  • Jim Croft - Audio Director, Frontier Developments
  • David Garcia Diaz - Audio Lead, Ninja Theory
  • Graham Gatheral - Senior Sound Designer, Rebellion
  • Niamh Houston (Chipzel) - Game music composer, Freelance
  • Edward Lau - Audio Programmer, Codemasters
  • Meg Rice - Production Manager & Voice Director, OMUK
  • Graham Schroeter - SFX Designer, Freelance
  • Bogdan Vera - Audio Programmer, Media Molecule

Production

  • Dan Bergin-Holly - Producer, Fortitude Games
  • Lottie Bevan - Producer & Co-Founder, Weather Factory
  • Rachael Gregg-Smythe - Producer, Playstation Manchester Studio
  • Wajhi Jafri - Senior Producer, Remedy Entertainment
  • Elizaveta Kostyukhina - Product Manager, Supersolid
  • Chris Murphy - Producer, Square Enix Collective
  • Caoimhe Roddy - Producer, Freelance
  • Richard Wood - Producer, Firesprite

QA

  • Abby Flores - QA Lead, UsTwo Games
  • Holly Gordon - Senior QA Tester, Rocksteady Studios
  • Jack Joyce - Senior QA Lead, Sports Interactive
  • Niamh Thompson - Senior Functional Tester, Sony Liverpool Studio
  • Daniel Schofield - QA Analyst, Team 17
  • John Strine - QA , Improbable
  • Katie Weeks - Embedded Tester, Rare
  • Lee Wood - Senior Tester, Cloud Imperium Games

Marketing & Community

  • Tom Dent - Community Manager, Media Molecule
  • Hannah Flynn - Communications Director, Failbetter Games
  • Ben Maltz-Jones - Social Media & Marketing Executive, Rebellion
  • Sally Morgan-Moore - Product Manager, Frontier Developments
  • Claire Sharkey - Head of Marketing & PR, Weather Factory
  • Gina Peach - People & Culture Manager, Studio Gobo
  • Bee Wakefield - Marketeer, Freelance
  • Jo Worrall - EMEA and ANZ Brand Manager, Bethesda Softworks

Leadership

  • Adam Chapman - Director, Liquid Violet
  • Aj Grand-Scrutton - CEO, Dlala Studios
  • Adam Myers - CEO, Failbetter Games
  • Patrick O’Luanaigh - CEO, nDreams
  • Marilena Pamacosta - Head of Communications, Frontier Developments
  • Neil Ralley - CEO, 505 Games
  • Tim Woodley - Head of Publishing, Hello Games
  • Lily Zhu - Art Lead, Splash Damage

Progression Advocate

  • Max Downton - Content Marketing Manager, Splash Damage
  • Kate Edwards - CEO, Geogrify
  • Kirsty Fraser - Programmer, VooFoo Studios, Co-organiser, Rainbow Game Jam
  • Loukia Kyriakidou - Games Artist, Freelance, Co-Founder, Women Making Games NE
  • Robin Milton - Games Lead & Course Manager, Access Creative College
  • Vikki Neale - HR Manager, nDreams
  • Chella Ramanan - Games Writer, 3-Fold Games, Co-Founder, POC in Play
  • Anisa Sanusi - UI Designer, Hutch Games, Founder, Limit Break Mentorship

Unsung Hero

  • Annie Clare - Studio Coordinator, Sony London Studio
  • Amy Cross - Studio Coordinator, Sumo Digital
  • George Corner - Event Manager, Resonate Total Gaming
  • Adam Da Rocha - Operations Manager, Tenhut Games
  • Georgina Felce - Studio Operations Manager, Big Pixel Studios
  • Silvana Greenfield - Operations Director, 505 Games
  • Tina Lauro Pollock - Director, Brain and Nerd
  • Michelle Rendall - Director of Business Operations, Polystream
  • Tom Rothamel - Lead Developer, Ren'Py
  • Bruce Slater - Founder, Radical Forge

Congratulations again to all those who have been shortlisted, and thank you to everyone for your nominations.