Grads in Games: Search For A Star & Sumo Digital Rising Star winners revealed

It’s the tenth anniversary of Aardvark Swift’s Grads in Games student game development contests. And today the winners were revealed across the two competitions.

With over 1,000 individual entrants and 200 projects in the running, there was plenty for the 170 industry assessors to look at. Out of those only 45 made the finalists list and only nine have been victorious.

Winners are divided into two categories. Sumo Digital Rising Star covers all students not in the final year of their studies, while Search for a Star covers final year students both at degree and masters levels. 

Sumo Digital Rising Star 2020
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
Environment Art – Milan De Laet, Howest Digital Arts & Entertainment
Character Art – Emily Harrison, Teesside University
Games Animation – Chris Woods, SAE Institute (UK)
Games VFX – Reece Kuby, University of Huddersfield
Games Programming – Matthew Lowe, University of Central Lancashire

Congratulations to all the winners, we sincerely hope to see you all in the pages of MCV/DEVELOP in the near future. And head over to if you want to receive MCV/DEVELOP in the future.For more details on the initiative and the projects head to

About Seth Barton

Seth Barton is the editor of MCV – which covers every aspect of the industry: development, publishing, marketing and much more. Before that Seth toiled in games retail at Electronics Boutique, studied film at university, published console and PC games for the BBC, and spent many years working in tech journalism. Living in South East London, he divides his little free time between board games, video games, beer and family. You can find him tweeting @sethbarton1.

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