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Announcing the Launch of the 2023 IG50 Awards: Recognise Rising Talent

Announcing the Launch of the 2023 IG50 Awards: Recognise Rising Talent

We are thrilled to announce the opening of nominations for the 2023 IG50 Awards, a prestigious event that celebrates the brightest and most promising undiscovered stars within the UK games industry. In an exciting collaboration, One Player Mission and Into Games have joined forces to present this game-changing initiative, aimed at showcasing 50 exceptionally talented individuals who aspire to become the next generation of game development superstars.

This partnership creates a pathway for aspiring game industry professionals to break barriers, challenge conventions, and make a lasting impact in this thriving field. The IG50 Awards offer an incredible opportunity for individuals who are ready for their first role but have yet to take that first step. This initiative aims to elevate their achievements by providing recognition, visibility, and networking opportunities. It is a chance for participants to showcase their talents and unleash their full potential to a global audience of game studios.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must reside in the UK and/or have the right to work in the UK.
  • Should not have previous work experience in the games industry.
  • Those who have previously worked in a different discipline within games but are now seeking to re-enter the workforce in a different capacity (e.g., Programmer to Community Manager) are also eligible.

Winners of the IG50 Awards will receive:

  • Exposure to leading UK game recruiters.
  • Their portfolio or pitch reviewed by prominent developers in the sector.
  • Exclusive support to enhance employability and secure their first role.
  • Professional headshot photography at no cost.
  • Invitation to the Into Games Careers Festival at Develop in July.

Declan Cassidy, CEO of Into Games, expressed his thoughts on this exciting venture, stating, “It’s so important to highlight the abundant talent we have in the UK and the IG50 is a way of helping the very nearest to work get that extra push they need into their dream career. Over 80% of last year’s winners are now working in their first games role – these people really are the future of the sector.”

Nominations for the IG50 Awards are now open to passionate individuals ready to embark on an exhilarating journey in the games industry. Visit today to nominate yourself or someone with extraordinary potential. Nominations will close on June 19th, 2023. Winners will be personally notified about their selection and their accomplishments will be shared on Into Games’ social media platforms. The winners will be announced on Monday, July 10th.

To learn more about Into Games’ mission to create a fair and equitable pathway to skill development and career progression in games and immersive industries, please visit their website –


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