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BAFTA for Cambridge gaming lecturer

By Ben Comber

CRC lecturer Michael Warburton is presented with his BAFTA YGD Mentor Award by Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie
CRC lecturer Michael Warburton is presented with his BAFTA YGD Mentor Award by Jo Twist, CEO of Ukie

Young Games Designers mentor prize for Cambridge Regional College.

Michael Warburton, head of the games development programme at Cambridge Regional College, was presented with the YGD Mentor Award at the prestigious event at BAFTA's headquarters in Piccadilly.

The ceremony was attended by stars of games, television and radio.

Michael, whose gaming development course has recieved international acclaim, beat lecturers across the country to win the award, and said he was humbled and honoured to receive the accolade.

He said:"Going to the awards was just an amazing experience and I can't quite believe I've won. I'm absolutely delighted and very proud and honoured."

"The future of the gaming industry is in the up and coming talent, and it's fantastic to be a part of that as a games development lecturer."

As part of Rizing Games, Cambridge Regional College's games development label, Michael's students now run a stall at E3 every June and continue to be the only UK-based college or University to attend and exhibit commercially-released games.

Harvey Elliott, Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, said:"The creativity exhibited through the BAFTA YGD Awards each year demonstrates the wealth of young talent available to the games industry, and it is a great privilege for BAFTA to play such an active role in nurturing and celebrating the game makers of tomorrow.

"We are always greatly indebted to the educators who continue to inspire creativity in their students and support the initiative, with special thanks this year to our YGD Mentor Award winner Michael Warburton."


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