For 2015/16, Grads In Games is supported by a range of partners from across the games industry.


Microsoft are driving advances in cloud computing, developing new ways for people to interact with technology at home, at work and on the move, while transforming education and public services and supporting the UK economy.

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Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know.

Learn more about Microsoft Azure & try it for free here



Today’s challenges will be solved by tomorrow’s designers. That’s why Autodesk gives students, educators, and educational institutions free access to our professional, full-version design software, creativity apps, and learning resources. A market leader for more than 30 years, Autodesk offers the broadest and deepest portfolio of products in the design world.  With millions of professional users, Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software for manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment. Autodesk Education helps prepare the next generation to imagine, design, and create a better world.

Read more about Autodesk here




Escape Technology

Escape Technology is a services provider and re-seller based in the heart of Soho. For over ten years they have supported the visual effects industry with leading technology and advice. Working with industry-leading technology partners and creative studios, Escape is perfectly placed to enhance and build pipeline infrastructures for visual effects studios, architects, games developers, ad agencies and creatives throughout the UK and Europe.

Escape are all about supporting the media and entertainment industry and are delighted to be partnering with a fantastic game community led initiative like this games artistry competition. With technology playing such an important role in what games developers do, and with technology advancing all the time – Escape aim to work closely with and support game developers as they evolve their workflows and enhance the potential of their output.

Find out more about Escape Technology here



Sumo Digital

Based in Sheffield, Sumo Digital are one of the largest independent games studios in the country. Founded in 2003 from the vestiges of the renowned Gremlin Interactive, Sumo Digital has spent the last 12 years working with high profile clients developing a range of popular cross-platform games.

Going from strength to strength, recent years have seen the studio open a new office in Nottingham, as well as increasing their visibility with a string of successful AAA titles and critically acclaimed games including LittleBigPlanet 3, Crackdown 3, Dead Island 2 and work on Disney Infinity.

Find out more about Sumo Digital here


Boss Alien

BossAlien is a world-class, award-winning game development studio based in Brighton, UK. Our games have entertained well over 70 Million players and that number is growing fast. Our games have held the number one slot in the free and top-grossing charts all over the world.

Find out more about BossAlien here


Playground Games

Playground Games was established in 2009, bringing together some of the most experienced and talented developers from the UK industry, with the vision to create big budget console titles for a global audience.

As the studio behind the Forza Horizon series, they have received considerable critical acclaim, with exceptional reviews for their most recent release, Forza Horizon 3.

Find out more about Playground Games here




HackerRank is a site for hackers from all over the world to solve programming problems in different CS domains like algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and to excel in different programming paradigms like functional programming.

HackerRank is building a community of hackers who will be able to discuss problems, learn, compete and collaborate together.

Find out more about HackerRank here 



Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralised and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioural analytics.


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Supporting Partners

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Prize & Gift Partners

Boss Alien





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