We’re looking for the next generation of leading game designers!

Search For A Star has helped to showcase some of the best student game developers in the industry, has directly led to many people getting their first studio job, including several who are now leading their own teams or even running their own studios. We’re now very happy to be extending this to all student game designers too!

Our aim with Search for a Star has always been to help you make the leap from student to professional games developer. We want to highlight your skills to the industry and help keep the UK at the forefront of innovation in games development.

The design challenge is split up into two stages, with the project stage open to all entrants.

  • Game Design Prototype Project
  • Industry Panel Interview

Game Design Prototype Project

You’ll be presented with a studio-set project brief, and are asked to use your creativity and game design knowledge to create & document a prototype based on the requirements of the brief.

Projects are for solo student developers (not team-based projects) and are expected to take no more than around 30 hours total development time, spread over several weeks.

A team of designers from across the industry will assess your finished projects, where they will be looking at your creativity, originality, UI/UX, overall game polish, and of course, fun!

Disorderly Combat by Mo Abdulaziz
Brunel University
2023 Search For A Star Game Design Winner

In 2023, students were asked to design a game that operated around a single mechanic, and show that game mechanic working in three different ways.

Panel Interview

After reviewing the results from the project stage, the highest achieving students will be invited to take part in an exclusive panel interview with leading industry professionals. Styled after a typical studio hiring interview, the panel will want to know all about you, your game design knowledge and your career motivations.

After the interviews, an overall winner from each challenge tier will be decided.