Recognising the unsung heroes of game development

Game Dev Heroes is a new initiative to recognise and celebrate the work of the people behind the scenes of the games industry. Our industry is fantastic at bringing attention and accolades to studios and end products, and we want to extend the benefits to the creators, having their personal contributions celebrated more widely.

We want these unsung heroes of the games industry, from veteran developers and resourceful support staff, to inspiring management and visionary role models, to be able to have their contributions recognised.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of developers & games industry professionals, with shortlists released ahead of a presentation event coinciding with this year's Develop:Brighton conference.

The winners have now been announced!

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for your Game Dev Heroes, and everyone who came to the event. You can check out the photos here! 

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Entry criteria & category guide

You can nominate either yourself or others using our nomination form, which can be found here.

The core categories are split across games development disciplines, with additional categories for management, Diversity Champion and Unsung Hero.

Development categories : Individuals who deserve to be recognised for the effort put into their role and in support of both their team and the wider company. People who have made significant contributions to development or studio processes.

Management Hero : An individual who has consistently shown excellent leadership and management ability in their field, supporting, developing and encouraging others.

Diversity Champion : An individual recognised for their efforts as a key influencer and role model for the progression of equality and diversity within the games industry.

Unsung Hero : An individual who may or may not fit into any of the other categories, but is deserving of extra recognition for their efforts within a company, whether long-term or for particular achievement(s).

Multiple nominations for different people are allowed, and you are also able to nominate the same person in more than one category if applicable.

The Outstanding Contribution award is not publicly nominated and candidates will be curated & reviewed by our judging team.

The judging process

Our judging team of industry professionals across HR and senior management will create a shortlist from all the submitted nominations. The panel will then vote on the final selection for each category.

Judges cannot vote for, nor give shortlist preference to their own company employees.

Nominations announcements

Nominations for Game Dev Heroes will close on Thursday 21st June. Shortlists will be announced shortly after this point.

The awards event

Award winners will be announced on Tuesday 10th July as part of a Game Dev Heroes networking event held in Brighton.

The event is free for all to attend, but will be ticketed entry due to limited space. To be notified when tickets are available, please join our mailing list below.

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Sponsorship & Enquries

By partnering with Game Dev Heroes, you highlight your support for the sector and your appreciation for the many individuals who work within it. Celebrating individuals in every discipline and at every level, becoming a brand partner is a key opportunity to have your brand associated with achievement across the games industry.

For information on how to get your company involved & the benefits of sponsorship, please contact

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Diversity Champion

Unsung Hero Award

Outstanding Contribution