Grads in Games Awards, Search For A Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star finals day announced

This press release is brought to you by recruitment specialist Aardvark Swift, in partnership with MCV.

Grads in Games Awards, Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star return on April 17th for the finals and conference day, with this year’s event being even bigger and better than ever.

Brought to you by Grads in Games (an Aardvark Swift initiative) this year’s event is being held at Sheffield Hallam University and The National Videogame Museum on April 17th from 9am to 8pm.

The event is free to all students in games education, lecturers and academics involved in games related courses, and games industry professionals who are interested in the next generation of developers. For ticket information contact

There will be talks throughout the day from games industry professionals, an academic round table discussion with UK games studios and games educators, and a networking lunch between industry professionals, students and academics.

Confirmed speakers for this year’s event include Phil Owen (d3t), Jason Avent (TT Odyssey) and Philip Oliver (Game Dragons).

Attendees can also meet with studios exhibiting on the day to chat about the industry and careers. Current confirmed exhibitors are Sumo Digital, TT Odyssey, nDreams, d3t, Wargaming and Bulkhead Interactive.

Industry judges will be interviewing the competition finalists on the day, the last stage for participants after battling their way through two competition rounds over the past few months. Final deliberations will be made and the winners decided.

The day is rounded off at The National Videogame Museum with the Grads in Games Awards and the crowning of this year’s category winners of the Search For A Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star competitions.

This event couldn’t be organised without the help and support of the Grads in Games partners: Boss Alien, d3t, Epic, Firesprite, First Touch Games, nDreams, Red Kite Games, Sumo Digital.

For more info on the sponsors, visit the event’s website to see their profiles:

If you’re a games student or games educator it’s a great opportunity to join for a packed day of unique networking opportunities and first-hand insights from games professionals.

Want to get involved and join the studios supporting the next generation of game developers? There are still sponsorship opportunities available, please contact Martin on 01709 834777 or by email

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