Author: David

The Winners of Game Dev Heroes 2022

Our Game Dev Heroes for 2022 have been crowned! This year’s awards saw 280 devs and industry professionals come together to celebrate the unsung heroes of the games industry.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Game Dev Heroes happen this year, all of you who entered a nomination, our judges, everyone who came along on the night to whoop and cheer and of course the support of our event partners, Airship, Cloud Imperium, CMD:Studio, Creative UK, Etch.Play, Aardvark Swift, nDreams, Square Enix London Mobile, Games Jobs Direct, EPOS, Creative Assembly, King, Aardvark Swift and Analog.

We received over 850 nominations this year across 12 categories, resulting in shortlists full of highly talented and worthy individuals, making thing the job of our judges all that more difficult!

Shining the spotlight on the brilliant devs and games industry professionals year on year shows just how talented the industry is. And without further ado, the winners of Game Dev Heroes 2022 are…


Art + Animation Hero

Scarlett Fu

Senior UI Artist, Ubisoft Dusseldorf


Community Hero

Jesse Raen-Saunders

Community Engagement Manager, Uplift Games


Design Hero

Autumn Jackson

Advanced Game Designer, Supermassive Games


Leadership Hero

Alejandro Arque Gallardo

Game Director at Supermassive Games


Marketing Hero

Claire Sharkey

Senior PR Specialist, Raw Fury


Production Hero

Sara Simmons

Producer, Plucky Bytes


Programming Hero

Nikky Armstrong

Lead Programmer, Silver Rain Games


Progression Advocate

Suneet Sharma

Legal Executive, SEGA


QA Hero

Oliver Balaam

Senior Quality Software Engineer, Improbable


Sound Hero

Alyx Jones

Post-Production Lead, Liquid Violet


Unsung Hero

Stuart Muckley

CEO, Code Wizards


Writing + Narrative Hero

Jen Simpkins

Editorial Manager, Media Molecule


Thank you and congratulations to everyone, from all of us at Game Dev Heroes.

Game Dev Heroes 2022 Press Release

Develop Brighton 2021 saw the triumphant return of the Game Dev Heroes Award Ceremony IRL; a celebration of individual accolades and an amalgamation of talent, the event shone a light on the unsung heroes and often overlooked members of our industry.

Game Dev Heroes 2021 Wrap Up

Develop Brighton 2021 saw the triumphant return of the Game Dev Heroes Award Ceremony IRL; a celebration of individual accolades and an amalgamation of talent, the event shone a light on the unsung heroes and often overlooked members of our industry.

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 Damage, Creative Assembly, Creative England, Square Enix, Etch Play, Aardvark Swift, Games 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 2021

Laura Dilloway

Lead Environment Artist, Roll7


Game Design Hero 2021

Edd Coates

UI/UX Designer, Game UI Database


Sound Hero 2021

Chel Wong

Composer & Sound Designer


Programming Hero 2021

Chris Marlow

Principal Gameplay Engineer, Rare


QA Hero 2021

Steph McStea


Production Hero 2021

Katrina Garsten

Senior Live Producer, Turtle Rock Studios


Writing + Narrative Design Hero 2021

Khaya Ahmed

Writer, FRAG Games


Marketing + Community Hero 2021

Lisa Schaeffer

Community Manager, Netspeak Games


Unsung Hero 2021

Reese Wright

Senior Producer, Robot Teddy
Founder, Save Point Social


Leadership Hero 2021

Des Gayle

Game Director, Altered Gene


Progression Advocate 2021

Leon Killin

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


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.