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

The following winners made a lasting impression on the judging panel and secured highly sort after Excellence Awards and Draft Selection badges.

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anthonyvandosselaer (Excellence Award) View Entry
luddemech (Draft Selection) View Entry
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ahz (Draft Selection) View Entry
manumarroquin (Excellence Award) View Entry
nikkiazzopardi (Excellence Award) View Entry
jaycummings3d (Excellence Award) View Entry
jonjo (Excellence Award) View Entry
lucim197 (Draft Selection) View Entry
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solenita (Draft Selection) View Entry
ziwuxin (Scholarship - Winner) View Entry
ilaychodorov (Draft Selection) View Entry
arfriw (Draft Selection) View Entry
briannl (Excellence Award) View Entry
colinscott94 (Internship - People's Choice) View Entry
joeseabuhr (Excellence Award) View Entry
macu945 (Excellence Award) View Entry
heddapeterson (Draft Selection) View Entry
shannondrz (Draft Selection) View Entry
olofeneroth (Draft Selection) View Entry
wiktoriakubien (Excellence Award) View Entry
pepi (Excellence Award) View Entry
roseltan (Internship - Winner) View Entry
joshj3d (Draft Selection) View Entry
johnwilson117 (Draft Selection) View Entry
marcelpou (Excellence Award) View Entry
ranganath (Excellence Award) View Entry
15wgray (Draft Selection) View Entry
thelegoagapov (Draft Selection) View Entry
alexnic (Draft Selection) View Entry
youran (Draft Selection) View Entry
jinshenwong (Excellence Award) View Entry
hawjiajun (Excellence Award) View Entry
tomastage (Draft Selection) View Entry
zhiyong (Draft Selection) View Entry
louisstelfox (Draft Selection) View Entry
ruoyuart (Draft Selection) View Entry
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lavux (Excellence Award) View Entry
edee (Excellence Award) View Entry
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pepi (Draft Selection) View Entry
abuzerium (Draft Selection) View Entry
shyralon (Draft Selection) View Entry
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thirded (Excellence Award) View Entry
achelus (Draft Selection) View Entry
callum3324 (Draft Selection) View Entry
aidinsalsabili (Draft Selection) View Entry
atucker (Draft Selection) View Entry
drizztan (Draft Selection) View Entry
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felipeabreu (Excellence Award) View Entry
feliciafelicia (Draft Selection) View Entry
pontuscanback (Draft Selection) View Entry
jalaizdo (Excellence Award) View Entry
erikhammarback (Draft Selection) View Entry
ahz (Excellence Award) View Entry
maximechevrier (Excellence Award) View Entry
jackgathercole (Excellence Award) View Entry
edee (Draft Selection) View Entry
jonathon (Excellence Award) View Entry
howelg (Draft Selection) View Entry
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timnijs (Draft Selection) View Entry
yourihoek (Draft Selection) View Entry
talexand (Draft Selection) View Entry
roseltan (Excellence Award) View Entry
sadakoxd (Draft Selection) View Entry
cperfume68 (Draft Selection) View Entry
desviliens (Draft Selection) View Entry
jimmyghysens (Draft Selection) View Entry
oscarhallberg (Draft Selection) View Entry
briannl (Draft Selection) View Entry
mateoandrijanic (Excellence Award) View Entry
thomasongo (Draft Selection) View Entry
valentinsoulard (Draft Selection) View Entry
fransbellart (Draft Selection) View Entry
emilevdb (Draft Selection) View Entry
izelmo (Rookie of the Year - Runner Up) View Entry
harrytp (Excellence Award) View Entry
zuquiel (Draft Selection) View Entry
jennaong (Draft Selection) View Entry
clarencezer (Game of the Year - Runner Up) View Entry
luisomar (Excellence Award) View Entry
desviliens (Excellence Award) View Entry
ziwuxin (Draft Selection) View Entry
yuchunhuang (Excellence Award) View Entry
kjohnso1 (Draft Selection) View Entry
mateoandrijanic (Draft Selection) View Entry
linusscheffel (Excellence Award) View Entry
willchu (Draft Selection) View Entry
ryand3d (Excellence Award) View Entry
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hbryant (Draft Selection) View Entry
valhenryn (Draft Selection) View Entry
viktoriiadidenko (Draft Selection) View Entry
skopix (Draft Selection) View Entry
arthorius1590 (Game of the Year - Highly Commended) View Entry
nickoxart (Excellence Award) View Entry
nickshep (Draft Selection) View Entry
aureliaong (Excellence Award) View Entry
rends98 (Excellence Award) View Entry
aaronlee01 (Draft Selection) View Entry
tomsandvik (Excellence Award) View Entry
hbryant (Excellence Award) View Entry
aureliaong (Draft Selection) View Entry
marleenvijgen (Draft Selection) View Entry
lanro (Draft Selection) View Entry
patrickjahr (Draft Selection) View Entry
songch9511 (Rookie of the Year - Runner Up) View Entry
chongjingxi (Excellence Award) View Entry
marcelpou (Draft Selection) View Entry
nikkiazzopardi (Draft Selection) View Entry
hugobarretcastan (Draft Selection) View Entry
ditch (Draft Selection) View Entry
latharnguyen (Draft Selection) View Entry
artbygiselle (Draft Selection) View Entry
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felipeabreu (Draft Selection) View Entry
jjsculpting (Draft Selection) View Entry
willchu (Excellence Award) View Entry
timnijs (Excellence Award) View Entry
jonathon (Draft Selection) View Entry
patrickz (Draft Selection) View Entry
stephchu (Excellence Award) View Entry
danielguevara (Draft Selection) View Entry
glintz (Draft Selection) View Entry
sdonchev (Draft Selection) View Entry
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brennan (Excellence Award) View Entry
yourihoek (Internship - Winner) View Entry
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yuketobi (Draft Selection) View Entry
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thirded (Draft Selection) View Entry
antsrobinson (Draft Selection) View Entry
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charly (Draft Selection) View Entry
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colinscott94 (Draft Selection) View Entry
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danielguevara (Excellence Award) View Entry
charliethechair (Draft Selection) View Entry
fransbellart (Internship - People's Choice) View Entry
ziwuxin (Excellence Award) View Entry
carloscaro (Draft Selection) View Entry
anartaccount (Excellence Award) View Entry
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izelmo (Excellence Award) View Entry
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katieyang (Draft Selection) View Entry
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nickoxart (Draft Selection) View Entry
atucker (Excellence Award) View Entry
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davidhartmann (Excellence Award) View Entry
manuelsitompul (Draft Selection) View Entry
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duncanli (Excellence Award) View Entry
patrickz (Excellence Award) View Entry
chojnackichris (Draft Selection) View Entry
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luribb (Excellence Award) View Entry
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joshj3d (Excellence Award) View Entry
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samirah (Excellence Award) View Entry
stephchu (Draft Selection) View Entry
gmagnant (Draft Selection) View Entry
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rbaxter12 (Excellence Award) View Entry
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brennan (Draft Selection) View Entry
roseltan (Draft Selection) View Entry
antsrobinson (Excellence Award) View Entry
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colinscott94 (Draft Selection) View Entry
danielswing (Excellence Award) View Entry
liaopeiwen (Draft Selection) View Entry
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izelmo (Draft Selection) View Entry
davidesasselli (Excellence Award) View Entry
jackgathercole (Draft Selection) View Entry
maximechevrier (Draft Selection) View Entry
vantxm (Draft Selection) View Entry
thomasongo (Scholarship - People's Choice) View Entry
anaisketterer (Excellence Award) View Entry
stijnvangaal (Draft Selection) View Entry
agelink (Draft Selection) View Entry
fermin (Draft Selection) View Entry
tamburello (Draft Selection) View Entry
hyang41 (Excellence Award) View Entry
jarivanhauwaert (Draft Selection) View Entry
nikhilkedige (Draft Selection) View Entry
davidesasselli (Draft Selection) View Entry
ranganath (Draft Selection) View Entry
colinscott94 (Draft Selection) View Entry
sajjaadahmadali (Draft Selection) View Entry
candy (Draft Selection) View Entry
thelegoagapov (Excellence Award) View Entry
thelegoagapov (Game of the Year - Highly Commended) View Entry
duncanli (Draft Selection) View Entry
salgam93 (Draft Selection) View Entry
wiktoriakubien (Draft Selection) View Entry
elomeno (Excellence Award) View Entry
pontuscanback (Excellence Award) View Entry
jonjo (Draft Selection) View Entry
anthonyvandosselaer (Draft Selection) View Entry
hawjiajun (Draft Selection) View Entry
harrybiggs (Draft Selection) View Entry
yourihoek (Excellence Award) View Entry
liaopeiwen (Excellence Award) View Entry
colinscott94 (Excellence Award) View Entry
anaisketterer (Draft Selection) View Entry
clarencezer (Excellence Award) View Entry
michaelandrews (Draft Selection) View Entry
ole (Draft Selection) View Entry
juliebeliveau (Draft Selection) View Entry
anartaccount (Draft Selection) View Entry
maamn (Draft Selection) View Entry
desiree (Draft Selection) View Entry
abrahamportilla21 (Excellence Award) View Entry
davidhartmann (Draft Selection) View Entry
naotokunaga (Excellence Award) View Entry
djender (Excellence Award) View Entry
naotokunaga (Draft Selection) View Entry
szakhare (Draft Selection) View Entry
jimmyghysens (Excellence Award) 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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