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Alfie Wilkinson - Breaking Into the Games Industry

10 August 2023

Alfie Wilkinson launched his gaming career last year, age 14, after impressing judges and winning the game making category, 10-14 years, in the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition with his retro platformer, Egglien.

Event: BAFTA Young Game Designer AwardsDate: Thursday 30 June 2022Venue: Loading Stoke Newington, 129 Stoke Newington High St, LondonHost: Inel Tomlinson -Area: Online CeremonyBAFTA

Event: BAFTA Young Game Designers Open WeekendDate: Saturday 9 July 2022 Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, LondonHost: Inel Tomlinson-Area: ShowcaseBAFTA/Quetzal Maucci

Following the competition, Alfie released his game on Steam, where it proved hugely popular with gamers worldwide and currently has a 100% thumbs up rating.

Within a year, his game caught the attention of commercial publishers Penguin Pop Games leading to exciting deals with major gaming platforms PlayStation, X-box and Nintendo Switch.

Alongside the release, Alfie’s game is currently being showcased in the Science Museum’s Power UP! Exhibition in London and Manchester, alongside other BAFTA Young Game Designers winners and some of the most iconic games from the last 50 years.

Event: 'Power Up' at the Science MuseumDate: Saturday 22 July 2023Venue: Science Museum Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London-©Science Museum

Embracing opportunities to share his journey and inspire others, Alfie co-presented the BAFTA for Best Game Design in 2023 and has attended numerous events to speak about his journey and breaking out in the industry. Most recently, Alfie has been on panels at the BAFTA Young Game Designers Showcase in London and Develop – the UK’s biggest gaming conference.

BAFTA Games Awards 2023 - ShowGetty Images for BAFTA

Event: BAFTA Young Game Designers Showcase & Open DayDate: Sunday 2 July 2023Venue: BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London, U.K.-Area: Session 2: Game MakingBAFTA/Daniel Housley

When asked the key to his success, Alfie said:

“It’s the push to get better and stick with it, for quite a while nobody knew who I was and that didn’t stop me. Winning YGD will always be the thing I now credit as the start of a journey, it’s pushed me to work harder and meet new people, I’ve really broken out of what was a hard shell. I have friends that have released games and they all gave valuable feedback on how to release a game well, so it helped with the process.

Seeing Egglien in “Power Up!” was awesome, it really sunk in when I got messaged by a few folks that took photos with the game. If you asked me to public speak a few years ago I would’ve hated it, but I’ve really found a passion for being on panels and talking to people about their experiences.

To YGD 2024 participants and beyond, have fun! Being a game designer (especially if you’re doing it solo and are working with multiple disciplines) can be quite hard! Don’t give up, what you’re working on is better than you think it is.”


Entries for the 2024 BAFTA Young Game Designers Competition open in November 2023. Check out the website here for more information.
You can find out more about the Power Up! Exhibition featuring BAFTA Young Game Designers winners here