Rookie Awards 2020 | Rookie of the Year

Game Development

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

Game Development
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Winners

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

Winner

Robert Malcolm McCall

robertmccall

Canada | Think Tank Training Centre

Ever since I was a young I loved just about everything art related. I never really considered it a realistic career goal however until I was 19, and realized I wouldn't be as fulfilled doing anything else.

Runner Up

Balazs Domjan

blazs91

Hungary

3d art has always fascinated me, and I watched movies and games with admiration. That is how about 2 years ago I finally made a decision: I want to be a professional artist one day! So I quit my job and started chasing my dreams. I had to sell my own house too since that was the only way for me to have enough funds to finance my endeavors and reach my dream. I felt like Bilbo Baggins when he set out on an unexpected journey.

Highly Commended

Toivo Huhtaniska

toivohuh

Finland | Metropolia UAS

I've always had that urge to share my vision with the world, whether in the form of film, architecture, music or digital art. During the last few years I've found my passion in 3D environment art.

Highly Commended

Hussain Dabhiya

hkdabhiya

Canada | Seneca College

I always knew I wanted to be a part of the Video Game Industry ever since I played my first online flash game. I always asked myself, "how do they do it?" and from there, it has always been a constant learning experience!

Highly Commended

zefixo

Germany | Think Tank Training Centre

Wanted to get into CG Art after college, couldn't find a proper school to learn though. Became a blacksmith instead, after five years, I still wanted to get into 3d modelling, so I went to Canada to attend Think Tank.

Highly Commended

Andrea Savchenko

andreasav

United States | Think Tank Training Centre

I'm someone with a traditional art background, who took on the field of real-time 3D art for games because I want to build the coolest games of tomorrow.

People's Choice

Hussain Dabhiya

hkdabhiya

Canada | Seneca College

I always knew I wanted to be a part of the Video Game Industry ever since I played my first online flash game. I always asked myself, "how do they do it?" and from there, it has always been a constant learning experience!

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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javierhr (Draft Selection) View Entry
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guimarconi (Draft Selection) View Entry
ethanmckenna (Excellence Award) View Entry
foga (Draft Selection) View Entry
benokho (Excellence Award) View Entry
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jonzhang (Draft Selection) View Entry
cyinuo (Excellence Award) View Entry
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danielgh (Excellence Award) View Entry
rav4 (Excellence Award) View Entry
simeimoda (Draft Selection) View Entry
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usul (Excellence Award) View Entry
ninahaftka (Draft Selection) View Entry
fransbellart (Draft Selection) View Entry
triz173 (Draft Selection) View Entry
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josegarcia (Excellence Award) View Entry
patrickfau (Draft Selection) View Entry
alahyla (Excellence Award) View Entry
dloop (Excellence Award) View Entry
jacobpoole (Draft Selection) View Entry
simeimoda (Excellence Award) View Entry
stephenfalk (Draft Selection) View Entry
aaugustuz (Excellence Award) View Entry
cyinuo (Draft Selection) View Entry
cyrield (Draft Selection) View Entry
ihazart (Excellence Award) View Entry
chellewwxy (Excellence Award) View Entry
jimshart57 (Excellence Award) View Entry
sophiem (Draft Selection) View Entry
shanjiwang (Draft Selection) View Entry
taylorbrown91 (Excellence Award) View Entry
timwilmsen (Excellence Award) View Entry
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daviddessantis (Excellence Award) View Entry
nortoncmn (Excellence Award) View Entry
ziwuxin (Internship - Winner) View Entry
caliskanuzay (Excellence Award) View Entry
moxuanzhang (Draft Selection) View Entry
vrana (Excellence Award) View Entry
arielchen (Draft Selection) View Entry
danielwild (Draft Selection) View Entry
foga (Excellence Award) View Entry
slimills (Draft Selection) View Entry
alishamakwana (Excellence Award) View Entry
agelink (Draft Selection) View Entry
francoislarrieu (Excellence Award) View Entry
antonioserrano (Excellence Award) View Entry
danduw (Draft Selection) View Entry
ezhurst (Excellence Award) View Entry
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thomasbaldeck (Draft Selection) View Entry
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ramonschauer (Excellence Award) View Entry
usul (Draft Selection) View Entry
kbuck3d (Excellence Award) View Entry
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ethanmckenna (Draft Selection) View Entry
filipleurs (Draft Selection) View Entry
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fabbiotimpano (Draft Selection) View Entry
ramonschauer (Draft Selection) View Entry
iriberri (Draft Selection) View Entry
zefan13 (Draft Selection) View Entry
sushan (Excellence Award) View Entry
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saikoken (Excellence Award) View Entry
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issawilson (Draft Selection) View Entry
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qlfks26 (Draft Selection) View Entry
tylerklimekartist (Draft Selection) View Entry
nikdemidko (Draft Selection) View Entry
arshad (Draft Selection) View Entry
elvira (Excellence Award) View Entry
tyler (Excellence Award) View Entry
bensmengart (Draft Selection) View Entry
slimills (Excellence Award) View Entry
benben (Excellence Award) View Entry
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bejanandrei (Draft Selection) View Entry
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arnea1998 (Excellence Award) View Entry
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szymonw (Draft Selection) View Entry
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wtchen (Draft Selection) View Entry
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mattiasvandensaffele (Excellence Award) View Entry
szakhare (Draft Selection) View Entry
bdswe (Excellence Award) View Entry
samanthachristianson (Internship - Winner) View Entry
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dannyartmcm (Draft Selection) View Entry
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hyang41 (Draft Selection) View Entry
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fabbiotimpano (Excellence Award) View Entry
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thomasbaldeck (Draft Selection) View Entry
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bethanyfox (Excellence Award) View Entry
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robinadrb (Excellence Award) View Entry
ashlmet (Excellence Award) View Entry
nikdemidko (Excellence Award) View Entry
tylerklimekartist (Excellence Award) View Entry
josegarcia (Draft Selection) View Entry
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samanthachristianson (Draft Selection) View Entry
jimshart57 (Excellence Award) View Entry
fransbellart (Excellence Award) View Entry
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sodash (Draft Selection) View Entry
tyler (Draft Selection) View Entry
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hyang41 (Excellence Award) View Entry
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kampat (Excellence Award) View Entry
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emilevdberghe (Excellence Award) View Entry
chellewwxy (Draft Selection) View Entry
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filipleurs (Excellence Award) View Entry
leannarussell (Draft Selection) View Entry
bdswe (Draft Selection) View Entry
dnompal (Excellence Award) View Entry
ziwuxin (Draft Selection) View Entry
mrtapa (Excellence Award) View Entry
pablogsz (Draft Selection) View Entry
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rubenvanostaeyen (Excellence Award) View Entry
mawluna (Draft Selection) View Entry
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tristantringuyen (Draft Selection) View Entry
leovaras (Draft Selection) View Entry
bertplasschaert (Draft Selection) View Entry
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mohamadsalame (Draft Selection) View Entry
manisalguero (Excellence Award) View Entry
hamishames (Draft Selection) View Entry
kalosy (Excellence Award) View Entry
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iriberri (Excellence Award) View Entry
albertocgart (Excellence Award) View Entry
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nellanaj (Excellence Award) View Entry
joetaylorart (Draft Selection) View Entry
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ngthchau (Draft Selection) View Entry
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danielgh (Draft Selection) View Entry
kar241 (Draft Selection) View Entry
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lennylennbo (Excellence Award) View Entry
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pavelkondratiev (Excellence Award) View Entry
musa (Draft Selection) View Entry
shanjiwang (Excellence Award) View Entry
jason (Draft Selection) View Entry
stevenzyz (Excellence Award) View Entry
puffpuffseal (Excellence Award) View Entry
fangyang (Draft Selection) View Entry
guimarconi (Excellence Award) View Entry
tiodorr (Draft Selection) View Entry
cameronhanna (Draft Selection) View Entry
giahanlam (Draft Selection) View Entry
kellandwyer (Excellence Award) View Entry
xandra (Excellence Award) View Entry
rookieray (Draft Selection) View Entry
jaymart (Excellence Award) View Entry
halimemaloof (Excellence Award) View Entry
benben (Draft Selection) View Entry
tomturner (Excellence Award) View Entry
chatruikang (Draft Selection) View Entry
danielwild (Excellence Award) View Entry
kar241 (Excellence Award) View Entry
isaacchan (Draft Selection) View Entry
trmrddr (Excellence Award) View Entry
scottcolverson (Draft Selection) View Entry
markolazov (Draft Selection) View Entry
thomasbaldeck (Excellence Award) View Entry
robertoribeiro22 (Excellence Award) View Entry
angelajeong (Draft Selection) View Entry
milandelaet (Excellence Award) View Entry
pablogsz (Excellence Award) View Entry
smedrano (Draft Selection) View Entry
teeteegone (Excellence Award) View Entry
jimshart57 (Draft Selection) View Entry
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sophiashum (Excellence Award) View Entry
landervanregenmortel (Draft Selection) View Entry
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pavelkondratiev (Draft Selection) View Entry
michaelyang0627 (Draft Selection) View Entry
peterkostov (Excellence Award) View Entry
jaymart (Draft Selection) View Entry
annelienheyninck (Draft Selection) View Entry
nikhilkedige (Excellence Award) View Entry
marceliguziewiczart (Excellence Award) View Entry
eviloncan (Draft Selection) View Entry
ezhurst (Draft Selection) View Entry
louisjsullivan (Draft Selection) View Entry
alahyla (Draft Selection) View Entry
isaacchan (Excellence Award) View Entry
verista (Excellence Award) View Entry
franvergara (Excellence Award) View Entry
ziwuxin (Draft Selection) View Entry
benokho (Draft Selection) View Entry
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joshuachanarts (Excellence Award) View Entry
cristiancasascastillo (Excellence Award) View Entry
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jkwan96 (Draft Selection) View Entry
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dnompal (Draft Selection) View Entry
beccy (Draft Selection) View Entry
robertoribeiro22 (Draft Selection) View Entry
giahanlam (Excellence Award) View Entry
marcfuster (Excellence Award) View Entry
nellanaj (Draft Selection) View Entry
issawilson (Excellence Award) View Entry
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stephenfalk (Excellence Award) View Entry
marknormington (Excellence Award) View Entry
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armandandrade (Excellence Award) View Entry
alexbouhaben (Draft Selection) View Entry
guan (Draft Selection) View Entry
sushan (Draft Selection) View Entry
ryanthomasonjones (Draft Selection) View Entry
bmelasi (Excellence Award) View Entry
stephenfalk (Internship - Winner) View Entry
twilights (Excellence Award) View Entry
robshaw (Draft Selection) View Entry
dloop (Draft Selection) View Entry
thomasbaldeck (Excellence Award) View Entry
samanthachristianson (Excellence Award) View Entry
kampat (Draft Selection) View Entry

Category Brief

This category is showing your artistic and technical skills that helped create a computer generated game. Share your understanding of working with game engines and explain to the judges how your understanding of how games are made. This category is targeted towards artists creating 3D content for games, using engines to push their creations to the next level.

Show how your animation loops make a game scary, how your lighting dynamically change the mood of a scene, how your code can handle AI crowds and even how your models are perfect for high 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 working on their next game.

Important Notes

  • 2D Game Art should NOT be submitted to this category. This category is targeted towards 3D Artists and Game Developers. If you have amazing 2D Game Art and Illustrations, please submit it to the Concept Art category.
  • The judges will equally consider both high resolution models and real-time models.
  • Don’t have pretty pictures? Share a screencast showing your tools in action. Go one better and even share GitHub code snippets that you wrote for your game or plugin.

Requirements & Deliveries

  • You must create a single entry page that includes all your best work. Do not create multiple entries with single projects as you will be disqualified.
  • Make sure your work is primarily composed of 3D elements and content contributing to gameplay.
  • Put effort into your entry page by including text descriptions, titles, work-in-progress and any include supporting material that you feel will impress the judges.

Judging Criteria

The judges are looking for artists that are ready for the challenges of production. They are looking for artists with a passion for this category and have worked hard to hone their skills.

The judges will be considering your overall presentation, technical skills, creative skills, variety of content, and employment potential. Treat your entry like a job interview. You have one page to show how amazing your skills are.

How to enter

  1. Read the Rules. Don’t worry, there isn’t too much lawyer talk in there. Quick Link.
  2. Create an Entry using the button below.

Need some help? Watch this video demonstration to help make sure you create the best entry possible.

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