The Winners of Game Dev Heroes 2019!

It’s only been a year but it feels like we’ve come a very long way from that tiny awards event taking place in a small room above a pub. Last night we saw hundreds of people coming together to recognise and celebrate the work of their peers and colleagues across the games industry.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make it such a success this year, from the huge support we’ve received from our event partners, the tireless work from our team of judges, and of course the many hundreds of you that sent in nominations for your game dev heroes.

We were massively impressed with both the strength and number of nominations this year, and creating the final shortlists was no easy task. There are so many talented and valued people working behind the scenes in games, and it’s been a genuine pleasure to hold something like Game Dev Heroes, where we can bring more attention to the people behind the games we all love.

Everyone who was nominated is a winner here, but paradoxically we also have to narrow that down to our 11 category winners. The shortlists this year were packed with amazing people, genuinely causing a lot of tough decisions for our judges. Go and read through those shortlists. These are some of the greatest people working in games right now.

And so… the winners of Game Dev Heroes 2019 are:

Art + Animation Hero

Amy Pearson

Lead/Senior Artist

Design Hero

Shelley Preston

Senior Designer

Leadership Hero

Lily Zhu

Art Lead
Splash Damage

Marketing Hero

Hannah Flynn

Communications Director
Failbetter Games

Outstanding Contribution

Tara Saunders

Director of Studio Operations
PlayStation London Studio

Production Hero

Caoimhe Roddy

Publishing Producer

Programming Hero

Alex Darby

Principal Programmer
Bithell Games

Progression Advocate

Chella Ramanan

Narrative Designer
Massive Entertainment

QA Hero

Abby Flores

QA Technician
ustwo Games

Sound Hero

David Garcia Diaz

Audio Lead
Ninja Theory

Unsung Hero

Annie Clare

Studio Coordinator
PlayStation London Studio

Writing + Narrative Hero

Jon Ingold

Narrative Director/Co-Founder

Thank you and congratulations to everyone, from all of us at Game Dev Heroes. We’ll be looking at our winners in more depth soon, showing you just why they mean so much to people, and why they have truly deserved their awards.