Founded in 1991, Epic Games has one of the strongest pedigrees in the games industry & renowned for making huge advances. With a range of innovative and fondly remembered classics across the early 90’s, Epic made their first huge impact on PC gaming with the release of Unreal and its subsequent series. Followed with a console smash in Gears of War, and repeating the pattern for the Infinity Blade series of games on mobile, Epic has secured a reputation for shaking up all areas of the industry.

And then they added a new game mode to their co-op survival game, Fortnite…

Becoming one of the biggest games phenomenons of all time, winning awards and breaking countless records with releases across PC, consoles and mobile, Fortnite has racked up millions of players worldwide & is just as popular as a spectator sport across streaming platforms.


In 2009, Epic released the SDK for their Unreal Engine 3 to the general public, opening up a range of possibilities for developers. With the release of UE4 and subsequent decision to make it free to use, Epic has created one of the worlds most successful game engines, responsible for several hundred commercial games across AAA and indie.

Currently working on multiple titles, including Fortnite, continuing development on Unreal Engine 4, the latest iteration of Unreal Tournament, and Spyjinks in conjunction with Bad Robot, Epic Games are well set to continue their success into the future.

Epic Games are the headline partner for the Search For A Star Environment Art & Character Art development projects, with all projects once again being completed as game-ready assets in Unreal Engine 4.

You can learn more about Epic Games and UE4 over on their website.

Sumo Digital


Founded in 2003, Sumo Digital has grown to be one of the leading games development studios in the UK, working with high profile clients developing a range of popular cross-platform games. With studios based in Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle and Pune, Sumo Digital have worked on a string of successful AAA titles and critically acclaimed games including LittleBigPlanet 3, Hitman, Team Sonic Racing, Disney Infinity, their own IP with Snake Pass, plus the upcoming Crackdown 3 & Dead Island 2.


Sumo are a strong advocate for developing future talent and improving the perception of graduate hires. In addition to their own work towards placement schemes and student outreach, they are the lead partner for the Rising Star gamedev challenges, offering students an opportunity to receive an internship at their studio.

You can find out more about Sumo Digital and their games over on their website.


nDreams are the largest studio in the UK devoted solely to the publishing and development of VR games and experiences. Established in 2006, nDreams quickly became a leading publisher in PlayStation Home and as a developer of several major alternate reality games. However, their focus shifted in 2013 when the studio got their hands on an Oculus Rift – and they haven’t looked back since.


Their VR titles span from the visually spectacular experience Perfect, which transports players to a number of breath-taking environments to relax and unwind, to the slightly less relaxing Bloody Zombies, a hack and slash co-op brawler based in a plague-infested London.

You can find out more about nDreams and their work over on their website

Boss Alien

We’re delighted to welcome Boss Alien back as a Grads in Games Partner for a fifth year. Boss Alien have always shared our mission to support graduates game developers entering the industry for the first time, and we’re glad they’ll be continuing their efforts this year.

Formed in Brighton back in June 2011 by ex-employees of Black Rock Studio, Boss Alien has produced the huge mobile hits CSR Racing & CSR Classics. Part of NaturalMotion, and the larger Zynga family by extent, Boss Alien retain the freedom to work independently to create exciting new experiences for their loyal community. They’re now working on the recently announced new Star Wars IP as part of NaturalMotion’s partnership with Disney.


The studio are a strong supporter of Grads In Games, and both Boss Alien and NaturalMotion have taken on a number of talented developers from Search for a Star over the years, both in intern and graduate roles.

You can find out more about Boss Alien and their games over on their website.

TT Odyssey + TT Games

World-renowned for their critically acclaimed work on the LEGO games series, TT Games was established in 2005 and has grown to include multiple studios and its own publishing arm. With over 30 LEGO games released

TT Odyssey was formed in November 2017 by industry veteran Jason Avent, bringing in the team behind Race Kings and Monkey Slam – Mad Atom as the team’s core and then surrounded them with mobile industry veterans from the Brighton development scene to create a formidable force. TT Odyssey are working on free to play mobile games with the LEGO license partnered to other world-class IPs. The studio is based in the heart of Brighton; an exciting and vibrant city on the south coast surrounded by the natural beauty of the English channel and the South Downs.


TT Odyssey is a part of TT Games and closely associated with Golf Clash developer, Playdemic, using the relationships and expertise of the 650 strong studio group to bring LEGO IPs designed from the ground up for mobile devices. Meanwhile TT Games continue to forge ahead with the more traditional LEGO games on console and PC.

The company is proud to continue its mission to be the leading publisher of interactive entertainment for young gamers and their families as part of Time Warner Inc, and to develop exciting new content for children with TT Animation.

You can find out more about TT Games on their website.


Founded in 2011, and becoming part of the Keywords Studios group in 2017, the work for hire studio have partnered on projects with the likes of Boss Key, the BBC, Sony and Sega, and will now be offering up their hard-earned experience & industry insight on the Get in the Game tour and to students attending Search for a Star Finals day.

d3t’s skill and experience has been channelled into a wide variety of projects, most recently on the development of high profile modernisations of Sega’s Shenmue and Shenmue II. The studio is continuously going from strength to strength, offering their services as an independent company without ties to any one IP.


The Cheshire-based developers were one of the proud companies to win and Aardvark Swift’s ‘Best Places to Work 2017’ award. With their diversity in projects, developers never get tired of working on one project for too long. Staff are able to cultivate a range of skills which they simply aren’t able to within a traditional studio environment.

You can find out more d3t and their work over on their website.

Red Kite Games


Based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Red Kite Games is a video games development studio that consists of a highly experienced team of developers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. Having collectively had the privilege to work with a multitude of leading development studios on a variety of best-selling and critically acclaimed video games, the Red Kite team is uniquely placed with both experience and expertise.


Since forming in 2012 Red Kite Games have helped to develop several high-profile titles including God of War III: Remastered, DiRT 4 and Call of Duty: Strike Team. In addition to this they’ve also been supporting Sumo Digital and Microsoft on Crackdown 3.

Excitedly the Red Kite team are currently partnering with Velan Studios and 2K Games on multiple yet to be announced projects.

Whilst having the privilege to continue supporting their partners, Red Kite Games are also developing their own IP, Hollowpoint.


Our Patrons


Firesprite are a video game development studio based in the heart of Liverpool city centre, UK. They have collaborated with PlayStation WWS Japan Studio on THE PLAYROOM for PlayStation 4, for which they developed the visual style. They’ve also created Run Sackboy! Run! for PlayStation WWS XDev for iOS, Android, and PlayStation Vita. They are currently beavering away on some fabulous new games for PlayStation 4 and all major gaming platforms.


Firesprite have most recently released The Persistence, a procedurally generated VR sci-fi-stealth, horror game, exclusively for PlayStation®VR.

You can find out more about Firesprite and their games over on their website.

First Touch Games

First Touch Games Ltd is an award-winning independent studio, developing sports games across digital download platforms. With over 250 million downloads of their games to date, and multiple number one spots throughout App Store charts, they’re fully focused on delivering games of the highest quality.


They’ve recently released Score! Match, taking inspiration from their previous success of Score! Hero, introducing thrilling multiplayer gameplay and the ability to recruit your friends, strengthen your squad and rise to the top for fame and glory.

You can find out more about First Touch Games and their games over on their website.