Search For A Star 2020

Search For A Star 2020 Winners

The tenth anniversary of the Search For A Star & Sumo Digital Rising Star student gamedev challenges has come to a close, and the winners for 2020 have been revealed!

With almost 1000 entrants and over 200 projects published across games programming, art, animation and VFX, this year’s challenges have been one of the biggest ever and set a very high level of quality. With our team of 170 expert assessors and judges from across the games industry, these entrants were narrowed down to 45 finalists, and then to our 9 category winners. These 9 students have shown exceptional skills, knowledge & ambition for a career in games, and we’re certain that they’ll be leading the way for the next generation of games developers.

What is Search for a Star 2020?

The Search For A Star student game development challenges highlight to games studios some of the exceptionally talented students across the UK and Europe, and that’s certainly been the case this year! Over the past ten years, we’ve helped change the way that games studios view people coming out of university and create a more positive attitude towards graduate programmers, artists, animators and VFX artists. Increasingly, studios are welcoming the fresh perspectives, abilities and enthusiasm that graduates can bring.


Sumo Digital Rising Star 2020

(students not yet in their final year of study)
  • Environment Art – Dominic Brookes, De Montfort University
  • Character Art – Radomír Fifik, Teesside University
  • Games VFX – Elie Van Ravels, Howest Digital Arts & Entertainment
  • Games Programming – Justyna Kwiatkowska, University of Central Lancashire

Search For A Star 2020

(final year & Masters students)
  • Games VFX – Reece Kuby, University of Huddersfield
  • Character Art – Emily Harrison, Teesside University
  • Games Animation – Chris Woods, SAE Institute (UK)
  • Environment Art – Milan De Laet, Howest Digital Arts & Entertainment
  • Games Programming – Matthew Lowe, University of Central Lancashire

Search For A Star is partnered with studios from across the UK & Europe, who help to develop & assess the student challenges, as well as providing valuable feedback on all submitted projects. Their support and belief in the initiative, across both the Search For A Star game dev challenges and our Get In The Game student careers events, has really shown the importance of running activities like this. Huge thanks to Sumo Digital, nDreams, Boss Alien, NaturalMotion, TT Games, TT Odyssey, d3t, Red Kite Games, Kwalee, Furious Bee, Firesprite & Guerrilla Games, and to our prize partners Server Case UK & Brazen Gaming Chairs.

Full results and winners:

Grads In Games is an award-winning initiative founding by Aardvark Swift to help create better links between the games industry and education. We run a series of annual activities to improve graduate employability within the games industry, most notably our Get In The Game careers events and our Search For A Star game development challenges. Each year we help thousands of students to improve their skills, get their work seen by leading studios from across the UK & Europe, and ultimately get their first roles in a game studio.

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