Rookie Awards 2019 | Rookie of the Year

Game Design & Development

Projects entered can include any content specifically with the intention of contributing to a computer game. This includes models, environments, animations, fx elements, level design and more. The judges will be looking for the best creative and/or technical submissions for this massive category.

Submissions closed on 31 May 2019
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Winners

On behalf of the sponsors and judges, The Rookies would like to congratulate the following caetgory winners.

Winner

Juras Rodionovas

jurasbatas

Sweden | Futuregames

I enjoy immersing myself within my craft of character art and game development. I also like exploring and pushing character quality both visually and technically within restrictions of real-time rendering.

Runner Up

Vinicius Mantovani Favero

viniciusfavero

Canada | Think Tank Training Centre

Since i discovered that i can actually work with what i love.

Highly Commended

Mihai Muscan

mihaimuscan

Romania

While in high school, In the 10th grade I decided to take a 180* turn from studying bio-chemistry, in my preparation to enter med school, to this adventure. Never has been a day the same, literally. It started as a hobby and an escape from all the non sense real world had to offer and it just grew and grew. I still don't know what I'm doing, but I know where I am going. I'm going big I can tell you that.

Highly Commended

Manuel Sitompul

manuelsitompul

Netherlands | Breda University - IGAD - (NHTV)

Games have always been a big interest for me. As a child I spent the majority of my time exploring the story and worlds of Zelda, Pokémon and Rayman. I got so immersed in these worlds that I decided to start making my own by playing with Game Maker and learning GML. My passion for games persisted over the years, so 2 years ago I decided to apply at a game development school to surro

Highly Commended

Debora Coelho

dehcoelho

Canada | Think Tank Training Centre

In my early teenage years when I found out that a course dedicated to games was about to open in my city. Considering that since my childhood I was always into games and couldn’t help but think how would be amazing if I could live in worlds such as those ones I saw. Well, in a certain way working with it allows me to do so. :)

People's Choice

Keltic Vermeersch

kelticvermeersch

Belgium | Digital Arts and Entertainment

The day I started highschool I knew that I wanted to study art, but coming from a big family my parents wanted me to first study two years of ASO (study in my country, more theory based) before they would consider letting me pick something that I would really like. After crunching those two years I still wanted to do the same, I wanted to create art. there was this school called KTA Brugge which had a learning curriculum called DAFE (Digital Arts Film and Entertainment) so my art journey began.

Honorable Mentions

Award Member Name School Location
Excellence Award abrahamportilla21 Vancouver Film School Canada View Entry
Draft Selection desiree The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection maamn University for the Creative Arts United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection anartaccount SintLucas United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection juliebeliveau Game Art Institute United States View Entry
Draft Selection ole The Animation Workshop Denmark View Entry
Draft Selection michaelandrews Champlain College United States View Entry
Excellence Award clarencezer University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection anaisketterer Emile Cohl France View Entry
Excellence Award colinscott94 ODD School Portugal View Entry
Excellence Award liaopeiwen 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Excellence Award yourihoek HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection harrybiggs University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection hawjiajun Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection anthonyvandosselaer Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection jonjo Falmouth University United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award pontuscanback The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award elomeno Think Tank Online Germany View Entry
Draft Selection wiktoriakubien Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection salgam93 Think Tank Training Centre Canada View Entry
Draft Selection duncanli Flinders University / CDW Studios Australia View Entry
Game of the Year - Highly Commended thelegoagapov University for the Creative Arts United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award thelegoagapov University for the Creative Arts United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection candy ARIES Lyon France View Entry
Draft Selection sajjaadahmadali Cleveland Institute of Art United States View Entry
Draft Selection colinscott94 ODD School Portugal View Entry
Draft Selection ranganath 3dsense Media School India View Entry
Draft Selection davidesasselli Italy View Entry
Draft Selection nikhilkedige Think Tank Training Centre Online India View Entry
Draft Selection jarivanhauwaert Howest – Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Excellence Award hyang41 Academy of Art University United States View Entry
Draft Selection tamburello Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Draft Selection fermin Ecuador View Entry
Draft Selection agelink Breda University - IGAD - (NHTV) Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection stijnvangaal HKU Netherlands View Entry
Excellence Award anaisketterer Emile Cohl France View Entry
Scholarship - People's Choice thomasongo 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection vantxm 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection maximechevrier ARIES Lyon France View Entry
Draft Selection jackgathercole University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award davidesasselli Italy View Entry
Draft Selection izelmo Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection luribb The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection liaopeiwen 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Excellence Award danielswing Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection colinscott94 ODD School Portugal View Entry
Excellence Award mateolinares Red River College Canada View Entry
Game of the Year - People's Choice arthorius1590 UNICAP (university Catholic of pernambuco) Brazil View Entry
Draft Selection aocrisan University of Central Lancashire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection joeseabuhr Sheffield Hallam University United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award antsrobinson Flinders University / CDW Studios Australia View Entry
Draft Selection roseltan 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection brennan Champlain College United States View Entry
Draft Selection davidtornkvist Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection curlscurly TH Cologne Game Lab Germany View Entry
Excellence Award antoinedalbo Haute Ecole Albert Jacquard Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection teeteegone University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection mannewestermark The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award catarinab The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection elliestalie Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Draft Selection jaycummings3d Teesside University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection benstef12 University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award salgam93 Think Tank Training Centre Canada View Entry
Excellence Award danielamoldoveanu96 Escuela Superior de Comunicación, Imagen y Sonido (CEV) Spain View Entry
Excellence Award rbaxter12 Abertay University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection logankehoe Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Draft Selection catarinab The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection issawilson Think Tank Online ( Think tank Training Centre - ONLINE ) United States View Entry
Draft Selection wunjox Pole IIID France View Entry
Draft Selection gmagnant Champlain College United States View Entry
Draft Selection stephchu Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Excellence Award samirah Breda University - IGAD - (NHTV) Netherlands View Entry
Excellence Award niccolotemperanza Escape Studios Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection anthonyvandosselaer Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection chaseemilio Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award joshj3d Staffordshire University United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award juliebeliveau Game Art Institute United States View Entry
Excellence Award luribb The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection matthewdismuke Champlain College United States View Entry
Draft Selection marcusjohnston United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection chojnackichris Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award patrickz Switzerland View Entry
Excellence Award duncanli Flinders University / CDW Studios Australia View Entry
Draft Selection mingminglah98 The One Academy Malaysia View Entry
Draft Selection dalewu1207 Full Sail University United States View Entry
Draft Selection bgibson Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection songch9511 IT Christian School South Korea View Entry
Draft Selection samirah Breda University - IGAD - (NHTV) Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection hyang41 Academy of Art University United States View Entry
Draft Selection danielamoldoveanu96 Escuela Superior de Comunicación, Imagen y Sonido (CEV) Spain View Entry
Draft Selection rodrigoavila Brazil View Entry
Excellence Award anthonyvandosselaer Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection luddemech The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection prestonmcclary Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection ahz Southampton Solent University United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award manumarroquin Animum Creativity Advanced School Guatemala View Entry
Excellence Award nikkiazzopardi Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award jaycummings3d Teesside University United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award jonjo Falmouth University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection lucim197 Romania View Entry
Draft Selection taylorshorten Think Tank Training Centre Canada View Entry
Draft Selection solenita New3dge France View Entry
Scholarship - Winner ziwuxin New York Film Academy United States View Entry
Draft Selection ilaychodorov Think Tank Training Centre Canada View Entry
Draft Selection arfriw Germany View Entry
Excellence Award briannl Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Internship - People's Choice colinscott94 ODD School Portugal View Entry
Excellence Award joeseabuhr Sheffield Hallam University United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award macu945 Ecuador View Entry
Draft Selection heddapeterson Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection shannondrz Game Design - University of Applied Sciences Berlin Germany View Entry
Draft Selection olofeneroth The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award wiktoriakubien Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Excellence Award pepi Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Internship - Winner roseltan 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection joshj3d Staffordshire University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection johnwilson117 Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award marcelpou Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain View Entry
Excellence Award ranganath 3dsense Media School India View Entry
Draft Selection 15wgray Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection thelegoagapov University for the Creative Arts United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection alexnic Romania View Entry
Draft Selection youran SCAD United States View Entry
Excellence Award jinshenwong Gnomon School of VFX, Games, and Animation United States View Entry
Excellence Award hawjiajun Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection tomastage The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection zhiyong Nanyang Polytechnic Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection louisstelfox University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection ruoyuart Savannah College of Art and Design Hong Kong View Entry
Draft Selection deborahling 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Excellence Award lavux Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Excellence Award edee Academy of Art University United States View Entry
Draft Selection thelegoagapov University for the Creative Arts United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection kierangoodson United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection melisac George Brown College Canada View Entry
Draft Selection kristianlagrange Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Czechia View Entry
Draft Selection pepi Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection abuzerium Bahcesehir University Turkey View Entry
Draft Selection shyralon Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg Germany View Entry
Draft Selection puffpuffseal Champlain College United States View Entry
Draft Selection fabriziobergamo Escape Studios United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award thirded University of South Wales United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection achelus New3dge France View Entry
Draft Selection callum3324 De Montfort University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection aidinsalsabili Iran View Entry
Draft Selection atucker California State University, Chico United States View Entry
Draft Selection drizztan New3dge France View Entry
Draft Selection abrahamportilla21 Vancouver Film School Canada View Entry
Excellence Award felipeabreu Brazil View Entry
Draft Selection feliciafelicia 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection pontuscanback The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award jalaizdo Academy of Interactive Technology Australia View Entry
Draft Selection erikhammarback Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award ahz Southampton Solent University United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award maximechevrier ARIES Lyon France View Entry
Excellence Award jackgathercole University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection edee Academy of Art University United States View Entry
Excellence Award jonathon University of Hertfordshire Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection howelg CGMA France View Entry
Draft Selection reueltzh The One Academy Malaysia View Entry
Draft Selection timnijs Breda University - IGAD - (NHTV) Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection yourihoek HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection talexand Think Tank Online ( Think tank Training Centre - ONLINE ) Israel View Entry
Excellence Award roseltan 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection sadakoxd State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart Germany View Entry
Draft Selection cperfume68 Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection desviliens New3dge France View Entry
Draft Selection jimmyghysens Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection oscarhallberg Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection briannl Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award mateoandrijanic Germany View Entry
Draft Selection thomasongo 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection valentinsoulard France View Entry
Draft Selection fransbellart Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain View Entry
Draft Selection emilevdb Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Rookie of the Year - Runner Up izelmo Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award harrytp Escape Studios United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection zuquiel Escape Studios United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection jennaong 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Game of the Year - Runner Up clarencezer University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Excellence Award luisomar Brazil View Entry
Excellence Award desviliens New3dge France View Entry
Draft Selection ziwuxin New York Film Academy United States View Entry
Excellence Award yuchunhuang Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection kjohnso1 Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection mateoandrijanic Germany View Entry
Excellence Award linusscheffel Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection willchu Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award ryand3d Staffordshire University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection rbaxter12 Abertay University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection cameroncasey Lynn University United States View Entry
Draft Selection yuchunhuang Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection hbryant Rubika Supinfogame France View Entry
Draft Selection valhenryn New3dge France View Entry
Draft Selection viktoriiadidenko Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Draft Selection skopix University of South Wales United Kingdom View Entry
Game of the Year - Highly Commended arthorius1590 UNICAP (university Catholic of pernambuco) Brazil View Entry
Excellence Award nickoxart Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection nickshep Think Tank Training Centre United States View Entry
Excellence Award aureliaong 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Excellence Award rends98 Media Design School Indonesia View Entry
Draft Selection aaronlee01 The One Academy of Communication Design Malaysia View Entry
Excellence Award tomsandvik The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award hbryant Rubika Supinfogame France View Entry
Draft Selection aureliaong 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection marleenvijgen University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection lanro Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain View Entry
Draft Selection patrickjahr Digital Arts and Entertainment Germany View Entry
Rookie of the Year - Runner Up songch9511 IT Christian School South Korea View Entry
Excellence Award chongjingxi 3dsense Media School Singapore View Entry
Draft Selection marcelpou Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain View Entry
Draft Selection nikkiazzopardi Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection hugobarretcastan ESMA France View Entry
Draft Selection ditch New3dge France View Entry
Draft Selection latharnguyen Vietnam View Entry
Draft Selection artbygiselle Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection sajjaadahmadali Cleveland Institute of Art United States View Entry
Draft Selection felipeabreu Brazil View Entry
Draft Selection jjsculpting 3D College Denmark View Entry
Excellence Award willchu Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Excellence Award timnijs Breda University - IGAD - (NHTV) Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection jonathon University of Hertfordshire Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection patrickz Switzerland View Entry
Excellence Award stephchu Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Draft Selection danielguevara Colombia View Entry
Draft Selection glintz United States View Entry
Draft Selection sdonchev Norwich University of the Arts United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection edwardyong95 The One Academy Malaysia View Entry
Excellence Award brennan Champlain College United States View Entry
Internship - Winner yourihoek HKU University of the Arts Utrecht Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection peterdimitrov University of Central Lancashire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection luisomar Brazil View Entry
Draft Selection yuketobi Escape Studios United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection michelangelocellini Gnomon United States View Entry
Draft Selection thirded University of South Wales United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection antsrobinson Flinders University / CDW Studios Australia View Entry
Draft Selection damoncimarusti Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Draft Selection voilola Event Horiz Italy View Entry
Draft Selection charly Belgium View Entry
Draft Selection iirokivisto Finland View Entry
Draft Selection fabianheller Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten Germany View Entry
Draft Selection colinscott94 ODD School Portugal View Entry
Draft Selection jyounglove Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection hugoaubert ECV Bordeaux France View Entry
Excellence Award danielguevara Colombia View Entry
Draft Selection charliethechair United States View Entry
Internship - People's Choice fransbellart Animum Creativity Advanced School Spain View Entry
Excellence Award ziwuxin New York Film Academy United States View Entry
Draft Selection carloscaro Gnomon School of Visual Effects United States View Entry
Excellence Award anartaccount SintLucas United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection jamiecallow University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection epaquiet Pôle 3D France View Entry
Excellence Award izelmo Ringling College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection linusscheffel Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection adtkd Savannah College of Art and Design United States View Entry
Draft Selection katieyang University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection danielswing Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award fermin Ecuador View Entry
Draft Selection squary101 Falmouth University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection tomsandvik The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection lancev Think Tank Training Centre United States View Entry
Excellence Award desiree The Game Assembly Sweden View Entry
Draft Selection mipply University of South Wales United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection clarencezer University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection mariuszb3ds Staffordshire University United Kingdom View Entry
Draft Selection adriennelange United States View Entry
Draft Selection nickoxart Futuregames Sweden View Entry
Excellence Award atucker California State University, Chico United States View Entry
Draft Selection noelchengalath Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry
Excellence Award davidhartmann Poland View Entry
Draft Selection manuelsitompul Breda University - IGAD - (NHTV) Netherlands View Entry
Draft Selection davidhartmann Poland View Entry
Excellence Award naotokunaga Brainstorm School United States View Entry
Excellence Award djender ESAT (Escuela Superior de Arte y Tecnología) Spain View Entry
Draft Selection naotokunaga Brainstorm School United States View Entry
Draft Selection szakhare Ringling College of Art and Design Ukraine View Entry
Excellence Award jimmyghysens Howest University - Digital Arts and Entertainment Belgium View Entry

Category Brief

This category is not about finished games, it’s about the artistic and technical skill that helped create a computer generated game. Share your understanding of working with a games engine and showcase to the judges how you could contribute to a team on a project.

Show how your animation loops could make a game scary, show how your lighting could dynamically change the mood of a scene, show how your code could handle AI crowds, show how your models could improve frame-rates.

There are many disciplines in this field and the judges will be reviewing all of them with the goal of finding the artist that they would love to have on their next game.

Important Notes

  • Combine all your best work into one single entry. Multiple entries with individual projects will not be reviewed.
  • Please be mindful of submitting hero character design work here. A better decision would be to share the high-resolution model and then show how you converted it to a real-time character for a games engine.
  • Don’t just upload a video of gameplay. Break it down and be very clear about your contribution to the game. Treat this like a job interview. The judges want to know what you did and how complicated it was.
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have pretty pictures. Share a screencast showing your tool in action. Go one better and even share GitHub code snippets that you wrote for your game or plugin.
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