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Search for a Star 2018 opens registration to find the industry’s best student developers

Aardvark Swift and Grads in Games hav opened registration for the 2018 Search for a Star student game development challenge series.

Student Programmers, animators and character, environment and VFX artists are all encouraged to register for the challenges put on by Aardvark Swift ahead of the submission stage opening next week on Monday 11 th September.

This will be the 9 th year of Aardvark Swift’s Search for a Star, which has shown a consistent increase every year in industry support, entry numbers and successful job placement results. Last year over 800 students registered for the competitions, more so than ever before. Students from 2017 have since gone on to work at top studios including Sumo Digital, Playground Games, nDreams, Frontier Developments, d3t, Skymoons Interactive, Sony Interactive Entertainment & Coatsink.

The challenges require students to develop their own games or game-ready assets to an industry brief, designed to mimic a standard studio recruitment process. All submissions are assessed by a team of studio and industry professionals, who provide individual, tailored feedback to help grow the next generation of game developers.

Awards and prizes for the top performers across Search for a Star & Sumo Digital Rising Star include exclusive interviews for jobs and internships with our partner studios, as well as a whole host of games, software, tech and goodies from all of our partners.

This year we’re taking a huge step to make Search for a Star more accessible, moving away from knockout stages and instead using a challenge series. This will allow all students who register to take part in both stage one and stage two of the challenge. By making this change we hope to improve the experience for all entrants, providing valuable industry feedback to more than ever before and helping them make the leap from students to professional developers.

Students will have until January to complete the two rounds of the challenge, after which the top performers will be invited to our Finals Day Showcase Event to demonstrate their skills and knowledge with a panel of industry professionals. Award winners will secure an interview with a leading UK studio.

You can find the games and assets that last year’s winners created here.

Registration is now open and can be found on our website!

Notes to the Editor:

  • Last year was our biggest year ever, with over 800 students registering to compete in Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star.
  • Partners for last year’s competition included Sumo Digital, Playground Games, Boss Alien, nDreams, Epic Games, HackerRank, Furious Bee, Edge Case Games, GaasWorks, Playstation First, Gamer Camp and the UK Games Fund.
  • Search for a Star challenges students in their final year of higher education, while Sumo Digital Rising Star is aimed at students who are not yet in their final year.
  • The challenges will open for registration on Monday the 4 th September, with round one beginning one week later on Monday 11 th September.
  • Over the last two years, the Grads in Games initiative has directly placed over 90 talented graduates into the games industry.

About Aardvark Swift & Grads In Games:

In 1989 Aardvark Swift became the first ever recruitment agency dedicated to the video games industry in the UK. We recruit permanent, temporary and contract staff for developers, publishers and distributors of video games worldwide.

Launched in 2014 by Aardvark Swift, Grads in Games is an international initiative which aims to help students make the leap to professional games developer. We provide resources and guidance designed to increase the employability of students and graduates.

Our showcase events are Search for a Star and Sumo Digital Rising Star – A series of critically acclaimed annual talent competitions, with challenges designed to assessed by games industry professionals. Everyone who takes part gains a unique experience of studio hiring processes, with the winners being given interviews with leading UK studios. 

Joey Relton

Marketing Executive

T: +441709 834777





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