“These awards play a vital part in highlighting new role models in the industry, which young women who’re starting to think about their career options desperately need.” says Ian Goodall, Managing Director of Aardvark Swift.
As part of Aardvark Swift’s commitment to promoting diversity within the industry, this year we helped create the Breakthrough Talent Award for women either still in higher education, or within their first year within the industry.
We’re proud to be a part of such an important event, and to congratulate our first winner, Naomi Kotler! Naomi has been doing some fantastic work as a Game Designer at Until Dawn developers, Supermassive Games:
“Having only just begun working in the games industry, it means a lot to already have been recognised in such a way.” Says Naomi. “There are some amazing and inspiring women in our industry, as the awards showed, and it’s an honour to now be a part of such a growing dynamic.”
There was a fantastic finalist line-up this year with many familiar faces for Aardvark Swift, including 2016 Sumo Digital Rising Star Code winner, Rachel Cabot, and Search For A Star co-founder, Lizi Attwood, who was announced as a finalist for the Career Mentor Award.
We look forward to following what will undoubtedly be highly successful careers of all our finalists as they embark on their journeys in the games industry.
Aardvark Swift also recently interviewed Women in Games CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman on the Gender Imbalance issues faced by the industry.