Brentwood teenager ‘thrilled’ to be finalist in BAFTA’s national game designing competition

PUBLISHED: 11:00 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 June 2019

Abigail Tan, 16, has been named as a finalist in Bafta's Young Game Designers competition.

Abigail Tan, 16, has been named as a finalist in Bafta's Young Game Designers competition.

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A 16-year-old girl says she is “thrilled” to be named as one of the finalists in Bafta’s nationwide competition to find the game designers of the future.

Abigail Tan, from Brentwood, is one of the 53 finalists who will attend a glamorous awards ceremony in the hopes of being announced as the winner at the end of this month.

Young people aged 10-18 years submitted game designs and concepts addressing a wide range of issues including mental health, climate change, conservation, disability, bereavement and transgender rights.

In the first category, her game Green Launch sees the player enter an alternate reality where the world has been devastated by humans' impact on the environment.

In the second category, Ocean Shift players navigate the oceans of an alien planet, learning about rocks and minerals along the way.

She said: "This is my second time entering this competition and I'm thrilled to have made it to the finals again.

"I was very surprised to be a finalist in both categories!

"I really enjoyed the process of taking a game from concept to working prototype and it's incredibly rewarding to see the effort pay off in this way."

Chairwoman of the games committee at Bafta Dr Jo Twist OBE added: "Games are a fantastic art form for creators to express themselves, and I am delighted to see young people tackling important topics through their design and concept entries this year.

"Their creativity and ambition for social change through the medium of games is inspiring.

"A very well deserved congratulations and good luck to all the 2019 finalists!"

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