Returning for 2020, Game Dev Heroes is an initiative to recognise and celebrate the work of the people behind the scenes of the games industry.

Our industry is fantastic at bringing attention and accolades to studios and games, and we want to extend the benefits to the creators, having their personal contributions celebrated more widely.

We want these unsung heroes of the games industry to be able to have their contributions recognised, from brilliant developers and resourceful support staff, to inspiring management and positive role models.
Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of developers & games industry professionals, with shortlists released ahead of a presentation event on the 9th July, coinciding with this year's Develop:Brighton conference.


Nominations for 2020 will open later this year.

Shortlist 2019

Winners 2019




Art + Animation




Writing + Narrative

Marketing + Community


Progression Advocate

Unsung Hero Award

Outstanding Contribution

Entry criteria & category guide

The core categories are split across games development disciplines, with additional categories celebrating great leadership, positive actions and achievements.

Development categories : Individuals who deserve to be recognised for the effort put into their role and in support of both their team and the wider company. People who have made significant contributions to development or studio processes.

Leadership Hero : An individual who has consistently shown excellent vision, leadership and management ability in their field, supporting, developing and encouraging others.

Progression Advocate : An individual recognised for their efforts as a key influencer, campaigner, activist or role model for the betterment of people working in the games industry, including equality, diversity, working life, mental health and more.

Unsung Hero : An individual who may or may not fit into any of the other categories, but is deserving of extra recognition for their efforts, whether long-term or for particular achievement(s).

The Outstanding Contribution award is not publicly nominated and candidates will be curated & reviewed by our judging team.

All nominations will be viewed and considered for shortlisting, based on the strength of the submission. The judging panel will then review the final shortlist selection for each category, deciding on an overall winner for each.

Judges cannot vote for, nor give preference to their own company employees.

Nominations for Game Dev Heroes will close on Monday 10th June. Shortlists will be announced shortly after this point.

Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 9th July as part of a Game Dev Heroes networking event held in Brighton.

The event is free for all to attend, but will be ticketed entry due to limited space. To be notified when tickets are available, please join our mailing list below.

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Huge thanks to all of our partners for 2019!

Sponsorship & Enquries

By partnering with Game Dev Heroes, you highlight your support for the sector and your appreciation for the many individuals who work within it. Celebrating individuals in every discipline and at every level, becoming a brand partner is a key opportunity to have your brand associated with achievement across the games industry.

For information on how to get your company involved & the benefits of sponsorship, please contact

For general enquiries please contact