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.
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
Lead Environment Artist, Roll7
Game Design Hero 2021
UI/UX Designer, Game UI Database
Sound Hero 2021
Composer & Sound Designer
Programming Hero 2021
Principal Gameplay Engineer, Rare
QA Hero 2021
Production Hero 2021
Senior Live Producer, Turtle Rock Studios
Writing + Narrative Design Hero 2021
Writer, FRAG Games
Marketing + Community Hero 2021
Community Manager, Netspeak Games
Unsung Hero 2021
Senior Producer, Robot Teddy
Founder, Save Point Social
Leadership Hero 2021
Game Director, Altered Gene
Progression Advocate 2021
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.
It’s time to reveal our judging team for 2021! As with previous years, our panel is a mix of previous GDH winners and industry experts who will be helping us to find the Game Dev Heroes for 2021!
Laure De Mey
+ Partner representatives
Huge thanks also to our partners at Splash Damage, Square Enix, Creative Assembly, Etch.Play, Creative England and the Creative UK Group, plus founding partners Aardvark Swift, Analog & Games Jobs Direct. We massively appreciate their support!