Those recruitment specialists Aardvark Swift is once again on the hunt for the next games development superstar.
The Search for a Star competition has been designed to help wannabe games makers break through the industry's barriers to entry and improve their chances of landing a job at an established studio. It also aims to showcase the best games graduates that academia has to offer.
Search For A Star and its sister contest Rising Star are made up of a series of challenges based on real industry practises, tasking entrants to show off their coding skills and develop a published portfolio piece based on a professional brief.
The grand prize for the 2016 Search For A Star, which is open to post-grads and any students due to graduate next year, is a full-time job opportunity with one of Aardvark Swift's partner studios. These include Microsoft, Epic Games, Playground Games, Boss Alien, Exient, Edgecase Games and more.
Meanwhile, Rising Star – a competition for students graduating in 2017 or beyond – rewards the winner with an internship at Sumo Digital.
Aardvark Swift proudly claims that 80 per cent of students that take part go on to secure games industry jobs after they graduate.
Both contests are now open for applications. There will also be opportunities for developers and games industry veterans to get involved and help guide the entrants through the competition.