The Winners of Game Dev Heroes 2021!

Last night we crowned our 2021 Game Dev Heroes! It was an awesome night and we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended for making it such a great night!

Thank you to everyone who has helped make it happen this year, from the huge support we’ve received from our event partners at Splash DamageCreative AssemblyCreative EnglandSquare EnixEtch PlayAardvark SwiftGames Jobs Direct, Analog the tireless work from our team of judges, and of course the several hundred of you that sent in nominations for your game dev heroes.

We received almost 600 nominations this year and creating the final shortlists was no easy task, let alone choosing the winners. There are a huge amount of talented and valued people working across the games industry, far more than appear in just our list, so it’s a privilege that we can bring more attention to many of those people behind the games we all love.

With so many nominations this year, the shortlists this year were packed with amazing people, genuinely causing a lot of tough decisions for our judges. For many of the categories it was close right up to the final votes.

And so… the winners of Game Dev Heroes 2021 are:

Art + Animation Hero

Laura Dilloway

Lead Environment Artist

Design Hero

Edd Coates

UI/UX Designer
Game UI Database

Leadership Hero

Des Gayle

Game Director
Altered Gene

Marketing Hero

Lisa Schaeffer

Community Manager
Netspeak Games

Production Hero

Katrina Garsten

Senior Live Producer
Turtle Rock Studios

Programming Hero

Chris Marlow

Principal Gameplay Engineer

Progression Advocate

Leon Killin

D&I Consultant | Balance Patch
EDI Manager | Sumo Group

QA Hero

Steph McStea

QA Lead
Double Eleven

Sound Hero

Chel Wong

& Sound Designer

Unsung Hero

Reese Wright

Senior Producer | Robot Teddy
Founder | Save Point Social

Writing + Narrative Hero

Khaya Ahmed

FRAG Games

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.