Get help breaking into the games industry with Sumo Digital Rising Star

Sumo Digital Rising Star is one of the industry’s biggest games development challenges for students who are not yet in their final year of university. As in the core Search For A Star challenges, students are tasked with creating their own games, art assets, animations or visual effects. Students who make it to the final round will have a chance to win an interview with a leading games development studio for an internship!

If you’re a final year or Masters student, please see our companion challenge series providing access to job interviews with leading studios: Search For A Star.

Akazugaikotsu by Melissa Hamer, Rising Star 2019 Winner
Akazugaikotsu by Melissa Hamer
Rising Star Character Art 2019 Winner

We work with leading studios across the industry to develop the challenges, designed to help you show the kind of knowledge and abilities that studios are looking for the most. It’s not just to test your skills but to also encourage you to create a piece of work that will make your portfolio shine.

There are five category options across different gamedev disciplines. Each category has its own development brief, project guidelines and, where applicable, assets provided by industry partners.


Challenge Format 

We want to prepare you for your future career; that’s why our challenge series has been split into components designed to have parallels to games industry recruitment .

All students who register for Rising Star are able to take part in both the Skills Assessment and the Development Project.

Development Project
Programmers create their very own game which can be taken in any direction they see fit, while artists create game-ready assets to an industry brief. You can check out what last year’s winners created here.

Skills Assessment
A HackerRank C++ technical test for the programming category or a portfolio assessment for the creative categories.

Panel Interview
The highest achieving students will be invited to our Finals Day Showcase Event to talk about their skills, knowledge and gamedev aspirations with a panel of industry experts.


Challenge Categories

Learn about each of our gamedev challenge categories and the type of projects you’ll be developing.


What’s in it for you?

  • Winners get the chance to receive an internship interview with leading game development studios
  • Win big prizes donated by the industry, including games, software and gear!
  • Develop a games project using a real brief and have your work seen by members of industry
  • Build a portfolio piece based on what studios are looking for and improve skills with feedback from professionals in your field
  • Experience interview panels with judges from the industry, last year’s panel included experts from Sumo Digital, Rare, TT Games, Splash Damage and more!
  • Get your skills showcased in front of some of the industry’s leading games studios and make a big impression!