Tara Saunders of PlayStation London Studio to receive the Game Dev Heroes Outstanding Contribution Award

PlayStation London Studio‘s Director of Studio Operations, Tara Saunders, will be recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to game development at the Game Dev Heroes Awards 2019.

After canvassing our judging panel & reading through all their impressive recommendations, it was clear that Tara’s achievements across her career and outreach support over the years have made her an invaluable part of the games industry. As a true Game Dev Hero, most of her work has been behind the scenes, supporting her team and contributing to the overall improvement of the wider games industry without much fanfare or recognition.

Having worked as a creative in the videogames industry for close to 20 years, Tara has grown to be a part of the studio’s senior management. In this role, she has established a team to develop the environment, culture, processes and people within the studio.

Tara’s background is in art and design and her passion for animation led her to a career in games, starting with Team Soho fresh from her master’s degree in Computer Animation at the NCCA. When Team Soho merged with Psygnosis Camden to form PlayStation London Studio, Tara was working on in-game animation for the cinematics in The Getaway. Tara has risen through the business, moving from Cinematic Lead on The Getaway franchise to Studio Art Director, running the art department across all the titles including EyePet, Wonderbook, and VR projects. More recently, she has turned her focus to areas of the studio that support the development teams, driving improvements and change for the studio as a whole. 

In her free time, Tara supports the next generation of game developers through mentoring other women in the industry, and contributing to a number of academic and advisory boards. She is an active member of BAFTA and supports the work that they do as part of the BAFTA Games Committee.

Originally from the South Coast, and now living in the Chiltern’s area of Buckinghamshire, Tara loves to escape the busy capital at the weekends to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family. She is banned from ice-skating at the London Studio Christmas party, after injuring her ankle and ruining her annual Christmas ski pilgrimage!

We’re very proud to be presenting Tara with the Outstanding Contribution award as part of the Game Dev Heroes awards ceremony next week.

The Game Dev Heroes Awards will take place in Brighton on Tuesday July 9th. Tickets are currently unavailable, though you can still join the waiting list.

View the full Game Dev Heroes 2019 shortlists for all categories

Dan Dudley

Awards coordinator, doing many things behind the scenes.