MCV’s Women in Games Awards – The Winners

The winners have been announced from MCV’s Women in Gaming Awards –

On Friday the 11th May – MCV’s Women in Gaming Awards took place at Facebook’s office (off Oxford Street) on the 11th May. The celebration was a great success – with the highest nominations ever, inspirational women and a fantastic host; Dr. Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie.

We knew without a shadow of a doubt that the evening would be wonderful and now it’s time to celebrate the winners! Excited is an understatement at this point! A huge well done should be reiterated for all those nominated – keep on doing what you do and keep being so inspirational!

So, let’s check out the winners – starting with the RISING STAR OF THE YEAR – DEVELOPMENT AWARD (Supported by Splash Damage) is;

Victoria Potts, Co-Founder, Whitepot Studios –

Whitepot’s studio currently develops games for IOS and Android using Unity. Victoria graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a First Class Honours in Computer Science MEng in 2015. She also obtained an NVQ in Business Development.

Next is the CREATIVE IMPACT AWARD – won by;

Andria Warren, Director of Art Production, Rare Ltd.

Andria is specialised in AAA Game Development, Environment Artwork, Project and Team Management, Project budgeting and scheduling, Art pipeline development and implementation, Performance and optimisation – just to mention a few.

Her impressive talents are definitely one of the reasons why she deserved this award along with being a director of Art Production – Rare Ltd where she manages teams to ensure the schedules and resources are covered across projects.

Moving forward – we have; The RISING STAR OF THE YEAR – BUSINESS AWARD;

Won by Anita Wong, Account Manager, Indigo Pearl 

Anita has previously published an article on the workings of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) as well as attending various networking and press events to further company’s contacts in order to contribute content for the company’s blog.

Again, another worthy winner we think!

Next, we have BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR – Supported by Amiqus, this prestigious award was won by none other than;

Helen Burnill, Commercial Director, Mediatonic 

Helen herself is a board member of Ukie (UK Interactive Entertainment).
Another fantastic win!


Following that award – is JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR;

Jen Simpkins, Deputy Editor, Edge 

Jen graduated from UCL with a First Class Honours in English, Language, and Literature. She has a wide range of experience as a writer and has previously fundraised in a charity called; SpecialEffect.

What an amazingly talented woman!

Moving swiftly on;

Hollie Bennett wins INFLUENCER OF THE YEAR (Supported by Fourth Floor Creative)

Hollie develops and maintains content schedules that allow both the Editorial Team and international Marketing Teams visibility on their upcoming travel, events and video plans.
She also has a continuing focus to grow the PlayStation Access Channel – her list of responsibilities goes on and on – she definitely deserved to be recognized in this category and we are so glad that she won!

We are now reaching the end of winners! With four categories to go –

 ESPORTS WOMAN OF THE YEAR (Supported by Riot Games) –

The winner was; Caroline Oakes – Business Development, ESL;

Caroline obtained a 2:1 in War, Conflict & Modernity, History, Politics, Philosophy at The University of Brighton – she then went on to gain a qualification from Business School Lausanne, where she studied International Business & Marketing, Strategy, and Consumer Insights.

She now impressively is growing eSports in the U.K. by cultivating partnerships with brands and publishers to provide long-term opportunities in professional gaming.
Remarkable right? She is definitely very inspiring and deserves a HUGE well done to her for winning!

Following that award was the;

Career Mentor of the Year – (Supported by

In this category, the well-deserved winner; Deborah Mensah-Bonsu – Community and Content Manager, Space Ape Games; she was also a member of the Editorial Team responsible for the growth and curation of Xbox Upload, (one of the top gaming apps on Xbox One) Worldwide. She has also done a lot of freelance writing for numerous companies.

The second to last category is of course;

Games Campaigner of the Year – won by;

Rosa Carbo – Mascarell – Co-Founder, Games for The Many.

Rosa is a digital designer and creative coder – she is of Develop’s 30 Under 30, she has developed games such as; CorbynRun and Invisible Garden.
I think we can all agree that she is a very busy and motivating woman!
Which the MCV Awards rightly recognised.

So, the FINAL award of the evening;


Went to Jessica Curry – Studio Head and Composer, The Chinese Room.

As an internationally acclaimed BAFTA – Winning composer – her work has been performed in diverse and high – profile venues such as; The Old Vic Tunnels, The Barbican, Sydney Opera House, Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Wellcome Trust (just to name a few), she also presents on ClassicFM “High Score” – a Saturday night show about video game music.
It’s astonishing to see all her great achievements and without a shadow of a doubt; she has definitely contributed a LOT to the gaming industry. This award was extremely well deserved!

Another, HUGE well done to all that won and to those nominated! We hope you ALL had a fantastic night and celebrated all of your achievements!

As for the MCV’s Women in Gaming Awards, they are now a regular fixture in the games industry calendar. We cannot wait to see who is nominated and wins next year!

Added By: 4Gamers | Date Added: 15th May 2018

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