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Rookie Awards 2019 | Rookie of the Year

Immersive Media Finalists

Looking for artists creating content specifically for use with virtual reality headsets. The judges are wanting to see completed games, apps, immersive experiences and all the elements involved in pushing this technology to the next level.

Marleen Vijgen

marleenvijgen

United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

I was always interested in character design, drawing day in day out.I had a very technological upbringing where arts were just a "hobby". I just did not realize I could make a career out of this, until I started looking for universities. I visited an open day at an art academy and saw that making those characters actually is a job! The film and games industry is a perfect combination between technology and arts.

Izel Moctezuma

izelmo

United States | Ringling College of Art and Design

I've been an artist since I could hold a pencil and a programmer since elementary school. I made many small games over the years but never realized game development was a viable career option until late high school. Once I started learning the professional pipeline, I was hooked. There's no other field that so perfectly encompasses everything I'm passionate about in my life, and I'm excited to take my first steps into the industry.

Meryl Lee Yen Yen

meryllee

Malaysia | The One Academy

My hobby is drawing ever since I was small. From my hobby it became an interest of mine to commit my life to. From there on I want to work somewhere that I like and proud of.

Carl Krause

carlkrause

Germany | Filmakademie Baden-W├╝rttemberg

At the age of 12 I got in contact with 3DsMax and started to play around with it on my own. I was fascinated by the idea that I could build anything I wanted in the computer. Back then I thought I was goingt to be an architect. But with the time I was more and more fascinated with Animation, storytelling and computergenerated images. After college I started to study information technology but quickly switched to study Animation at the Filmakademie Baden-W├╝rttemberg.

Kieran Young

doxturtle

United Kingdom | University of Hertfordshire

I'd always done a lot of art and designing work but I realised I wanted to be in the games industry when I learned about 3D modeling, I had initially wanted to be a programmer but found I liked modeling a lot more. I started at the University of Hertfordshire in 2016 studying Games Art & Design. I am currently working on The People's War - WW2 VR Experience.

Fabrizio Bergamo

fabriziobergamo

United Kingdom | Escape Studios

Games have always been a great passion of mine, I attended a graphic design school in Italy, I knew I wanted to continue my studies and go to a University, so I decided to try and combine my passion of Video Games and Design.

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