This weekend, a Year 12 student from The Studio in Liverpool was awarded a coveted BAFTA Young Game Designer (YGD) prize, beating thousands of young hopefuls to the top spot.
Jack Mills, a year 12 student at The Studio school on Greenland Street, was honoured at a ceremony in London for the creation of Utopia of Rhythm, an original platform game that incorporates pitfalls and obstacles with music and tempo.
Jack developed the BAFTA-winning game during Creative Media lessons at The Studio and the school are incredibly proud of his phenomenal achievement.
Along with recognition from his peers and the gaming community, Jack also walked away with a prize package that includes trips to Google HQ, Abertay University and Shepperton Studios, plus a gaming bundle from Warner Brothers. Jack has also been invited to pitch his game to PlayStation and enjoy a Q&A session with a chief designer at their London studio. Jack said:
“I’ll definitely be adding this BAFTA YGD award to my portfolio when I apply to universities. After I graduate from The Studio I’d like to study Computer Games Development at Liverpool John Moores University, and hopefully I’ll be working for a big gaming company in the future!”
Having already received the accolade of ‘One to Watch’ by The Studio at an annual awards ceremony, Jack can now add another award to his collection following the BAFTA awards ceremony that took place on Saturday, July 25 in London.
Jack’s game has been added to the BAFTA YGD website, where the fully-playable game can be downloaded.