Leeds trio in the hunt for top gaming gong

The team behind the computer game H.e.24.
The team behind the computer game H.e.24.
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Three Leeds teenagers have been named as finalists in a nationwide hunt for the game designers of the future.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will reveal the winners of the Game Concept Award next month.

A total of 40 games, from 60 finalists aged ten to 18, will be vying for the award which recognises a paper-based written game idea.

Leeds trio James Dare, 17, Joe Harison, 17, and Nathan Burton, 18, are all shortlisted for their game H.e.24.

The three, who all attend Eliot Hudson College, created the game in which aliens have invaded the earth and driven humanity underground.

These aliens seemingly have the same properties as sentient balloons.

However, they also shoot lasers out of their mouths. The game features three comical characters whose challenge is to take back the world.

The winners of the BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) award will receive a host of prizes.

These include games, hardware, software licenses, tours of games studios and a mentor from the games industry to help them develop their skills further.

A prototype of their game will also be created by a team of developers.

The successful entrants for this year’s competition include several who made it to previous finals and have entered new games hoping to triumph this time around.

The finalists worked on their entries in a variety of ways, including individually, at school or their coding club, or even at home with their siblings.

To see the full list of young finalists visit bit.ly/2sLo0fG.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony at BAFTA’s headquarters in London, on Saturday, July 7.