THE Duke of Cambridge today praised the winners of the 2015 BAFTA Young Game designers (YGD) competition.
The winners were announced at a glittering awards ceremony at BAFTA’s headquarters, 195 Piccadilly, London, in association with Nominet Trust.
And in a seal of Royal approval, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, called the 10-18 year olds “the stars of tomorrow”.
They include four budding game creators, as well as an inspirational school teacher.
Minecraft, the popular block-building construction game received the previously announced YGD Hero Award.
Camylle Tuliao, 14, along with Jack Reynolds, 15, Louis Jackson, 11, and Jack Mills, 17, will receive a host of prizes, including further development of their game with industry professionals.
The YGD Mentor Award, presented for the first time this year to an individual nominated by the public for their involvement in the education of young game designers, was awarded to Ray Chambers, Head of IT at Uppingham Community College in Rutland, East Midlands.
Lydia Winters, Brand Director at Mojang, accepted the inaugural YGD Hero Award on behalf of Minecraft. The game was selected by the BAFTA Games Committee for its support for young games designers.
In a message of support to all the young finalists, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of BAFTA, said: ““I encourage you – our stars of tomorrow – to keep exploring your creativity and see where it takes you.
“A successful career in one of the fastest growing and most creative industries in this country is very much a possibility, regardless of your background or your gender.
“Judging by the potential you have already shown, your future, and the future of British games, is very bright indeed.”
For the full list of prizes, go to: http://bit.ly/1GiYnDO