Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for Game Dev Heroes 2020!
It's been a... weird year. In the midst of the world shutting down, for us to receive nearly 700 nominations was truly unexpected but also very reassuring. As ever, the nominations that you've sent in have surprised, impressed and delighted, and with 700 to manage it's been tougher than ever to objectively reduce that down to the shortlists for each category.
One result of this is that we're introducing 'honourable mentions' for each category this year. We don't want you to think of these mentions as simply those who "didn't make the cut" or "runners up". These are people that would certainly have made the shortlist under different circumstances. They've shown that they are just as much a hero to people as anyone can be.
The category shortlists have been compiled below, alongside many very notable honourable mentions. The shortlists themselves have been formed entirely based on the merit of the nominations that we've received.
The nominations this year have been, as ever, numerous and heartfelt. Every one of the people below has impressed and inspired, and is already seen as an unsung hero or role model to others, and we hope you'll join us in congratulating their achievement.
With no physical awards event this year, winners will be revealed here and on our social channels from the 12th October onwards. Follow our social channels or join our mailing list on the banner below for updates on the event.
Art + Animation
Amanda Jones Harris
3D Artist, Snap Finger Click
Art Director, Lantern Studio
Senior Animator, Sumo Digital
Junior Character Artist, Jagex
Lead Animator, Tactical Adventures
3D Artist, Brain and Nerd
Lead Environment Artist, Roll7
Art & Animation Honourable Mentions
Anastasia Wyatt, Inkle Studios; Daniel Hoang, Mediatonic; Rosie Jarvis, Netspeak Games; Shayleen Hulbert; Sophie Knowles, Playdeo.
Level Designer, Trailmix
Principal Game Designer, Wooga
Head of Design, EA DICE
Lead Designer, ArenaNet
Level Design Director, Fun Labs
Product Design Manager, Double Eleven
Design Director, PlayStation London Studio
Design Honourable Mentions
Andrew Hopkins, Jagex; Ben Gouldstone, Sumo Digital; Gary Oliver, nDreams; Joanna Haslam, Snap Finger Click; Matt Dunthorne, Double Eleven.
Writing + Narrative Design
Lead Writer, Ubisoft Massive
Lead Creative (Writing & Design), Mediatonic
Game Director, Italic Pig
Writer / Editor, Failbetter Games
Lead Narrative Designer
Producer / Writer, Freelance
Xalavier Nelson Jr
Director, Strange Scaffold
Writing + Narrative Design Honourable Mentions
Sarah Longthorne, Sumo Digital; Victor Ojuel, Crema.
Technical Artist, Bossa Studios
Development Lead, No More Robots
Principal Programmer, nDreams
Software Engineer, Improbable
Laure de Mey
Séamus Ó Buadhacháin
Programmer, Failbetter Games
Lead Programmer & Co-Founder, Miracle Tea
Lead Developer & Partner, Lykke Studios
Programming Honourable Mentions
Brendan Drain, Brain and Nerd; Connor Halford, Failbetter Games; Mattias Van Camp, Wargaming.
Sound Designer & Composer
Sound Designer, Sweet Justice Sound
Audio Designer, Hammerhead VR
Composer/Audio Generalist, Freelance
Composer / Sound Designer, Freelance
Sound Designer & Director, Freelance
Sound Designer, Media Molecule
Audio Director, Six To Start
Sound Honourable Mentions
Josie Brechner; Luci Holland; Nikita Danshin, Eggnut.
Producer, Devolver Digital
Producer, Square Enix Collective
Associate Producer - Narrative Animation and Cinematic Arts, Sony Santa Monica Studio
Producer & Co-Founder, Bonsai Collective
Producer, Bossa Studios
Producer, No Brakes Games
Junior Producer, Coatsink
Production Honourable Mentions
Alex Perry, Media Molecule; Ben Tarrant, Firefly Studios; Bridie Roman, Square Enix; Dave Cox, 505 Games;
Rachael Gregg-Smythe, Bithell Games; Sally Blake, No More Robots; Steven Taarland, Double Eleven.
QA Tester, TT Games
QA Engineer III, Improbable
QA Technician, Media Molecule
WWS QA Functionality Tester, Sony Liverpool
Senior QA Tester, Rocksteady Studios
Senior QA Tester, Cloud Imperium Games
CEO, Proper QA
Developer in Test, Bossa Studios
QA Honourable Mentions
Paul MacGillivray, PlayStation London Studio; Rachel Savage, Electric Square; Tom Miller, Frontier Developments.
Senior Brand Community Manager, 505 Games
Community Lead, Guerrilla
PR Manager, Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe
Marketing Manager & Founder, Neonhive
Marketing Director, Firefly Studios
Senior Community Manager, Mediatonic
Head of Marketing, Rebellion
Communications Director, Kitfox Games
Marketing + Community Honourable Mentions
Ben Maltz-Jones, Rebellion; Christie Moulding, Team17; Christina McGrath, Rare;
Claire Sharkey, Modern Wolf; Lauran Carter, SuperCoolComms; Veronica Heath, Rare.
Localisation Manager, Jagex
Technical Director, nDreams
Managing Director, Brightrock Games
Senior Game Designer, Mojiworks
Studio Art Director, Mediatonic
Technical Director, Rare
Director of Engineering, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios
Tanya X Short
Captain, Kitfox Games
Leadership Honourable Mentions
Adrian Hon, Six To Start; Cheryl Razzle, Polystream; Claire Panter, Lockwood Publishing; Gareth Edmondson, Creative Assembly;
Helen Burnill; Jamie Brayshaw, Ripstone Games; John Merchant, 505 Games; Kevin Beimers, Italic Pig;
Matthew Wiggins, Mojiworks; Neil Ralley, 505 Games; Samuel Kahn, Darewise Entertainment; Tim Woodley, Hello Games.
Operations Project Manager + Diversity Board Lead, Splash Damage
Product Manager, Square Enix
Khally Saarman-Jones + Sammi Luzon
Game On, Payload Studios
Founder, Balance Patch
Creative Director, Three of Cups
Brand Manager, Splash Damage
Localisation Lead, Jagex
Progression Advocate Honourable Mentions
Alexis Trust, Chucklefish; Jean Legget, One More Story Games; Mel MacCoubrey, Cloud Chamber Studios;
Sally Blake, WOMGNE; Shay Thompson, Level Up Link Up; Tiffany Wild, Ubisoft Leamington.
Ops Team Manager, PlayStation London Studio
Developer Relations Lead, Riot Games
Head of Game Development, SO REAL
Len de Gracia
External Development Manager, Rocksteady Studios
Director & Narrative Designer, Lo-Fi Games
UX Researcher, Netspeak Games
Art Director, Future Games of London
Shaun Wall + Maggie Tan
Recruitment Coordinator, Splash Damage
Unsung Hero Honourable Mentions
Nick Hall, Lawyer, IESA; Poppy Byron, EPOS; Suzie Cook, nDreams;
Tom Katkus, Chucklefish; Vitor De Magalhaes, Improbable.