Women In Games Breakthrough Talent award finalists announced

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Last month we reiterated our commitment to promoting diversity within the industry when we announced our sponsorship of the Breakthrough Talent category in the 2017 Women In Games Awards. Today, we’re excited to announce this years’ finalists!

The award highlights women who’re only just beginning their journey in the games industry. These women, who’re either still in higher education or within their first year of employment in the games industry, are already beginning to make a meaningful contribution and are all more than worthy of winning the award.

We’d like to congratulate 2016 Sumo Digital Rising Star Code winner Rachel Cabot on her nomination and wish her luck!

If we’re going to make the UK games industry more gender diverse, we need to encourage more girls and young women to pursue Computer Science, Games Development and Games Art/Animation as a career,” said Aardvark Swift’s Ian Goodall.

By partnering with Women in Games to bring you this award, we want to shine the spotlight on the best up-and-coming female games developers. We want to inspire young girls at school to take an interest in programing and game art, and young women who’re filling in UCAS applications. We want to show them that a career in games is a real thing and that it’s within their reach.”

The 2017 finalists of the Breakthrough Talent Awards are as follows:

  • Anya Elvidge – Trainee Campaign Map Artist, Creative Assembly
  • Jess Griffiths – European Community Manager for Unreal Engine, Epic Games
  • Naomi Kotler – Games Designer, Supermassive Games
  • Rosa Carbo-Mascarell – Games Lead, Creative Industries Federation
  • Alessia Nigretti – Professional Services, University of Sussex
  • Maria Fernanda Díez Huerta – Games Designer and Producer, Freelance
  • Sian Knight – Games Design Student, UCLan
  • Rachel Cabot – BossAlien / Student, University of Bath

We’d also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lizi Attwood, Technical Director of Furious Bee and close Search For A Star partner, on her nomination in the Career Mentor category. We wish her the best of luck!

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