The winners for the fourth annual BAFTA Young Game Designers have been announced. The two categories, Game Concept and Game Making, were won by 16 year old Rhianna Hawkins and 15 year old Adam Oliver respectively.
Rhianna Hawkins is the first female winner for either category, winning for her concept Tomato’s Role, a mobile gaming concept revolving around the idea of a tomato getting sick of being outcast by the more mainstream fruits and its quest to navigate the fruit salad bowl and make it to the spoon of whoever is eating. Adam Oliver won Game Making with AlienX, another mobile game, this one completed and focused on a drag and drop puzzle mechanic designed to keep an alien from reaching a teleporter located in each level.
Harvey Elliott, head of the BAFTA Games Committee, had this to say regarding this year’s winners:
“Rhianna, our first ever female winner, bodes well for the future of our male-dominated industry, and Adam, who has received a top award at the third attempt, demonstrates the power of perseverance…It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate their achievements alongside all the other finalists at this special awards ceremony.”
Full details on each of this year’s winners can be found on BAFTA’s site.