Deadline for UK student competition Search For A Star 2016 closes 20 January

Calling students

Deadline for UK student competition Search For A Star 2016 closes 20 January

The Search For A Star & Rising Star student competitions are back for 2016, now open to both games coders and games artists.

Take part in one of the biggest industry-supported game dev competitions in the UK, showcasing your work in front of leading studios and getting a boost towards a career in games.

Fast track

In 2015, 80% of students who qualified for the second round were able to get a games industry job on graduation.

The competitions have a proven track record of improving the employability of those who enter, with the second stage development project even adding a published product to your portfolio.

The tests and challenges are tough, designed by industry professionals to mirror actual studio hiring processes, testing your talents while honing and developing your existing skills.

Prizes include opportunities for internships and jobs at leading UK games studios.

Watch our new promo video featuring our partners explaining more about the competition and why it's important for games students:

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Learn more about the competitions, what to expect in each round, and enter at

Registrations are open from now until Wednesday 20th January 2016.

The Search For A Star & Rising Star competitions are part of the award-winning Grads In Games initiative run by Aardvark Swift Recruitment, in partnership with Microsoft, Autodesk, Epic Games, Sumo Digital, Playground Games, Boss Alien, Perforce Software, Edge Case Games, Exient, Furious Bee, Atomhawk Design, with media partners Develop and MCV. regularly posts content from a variety of guest writers across the games industry. These encompass a wide range of topics and people from different backgrounds and diversities, sharing their opinion on the hottest trending topics, undiscovered gems and what the future of the business holds.