SuperAwesome has detailed the lineup of sponsors and prizes for its Future8 Awards, aimed at finding the UK and Ireland’s top digital creators aged seven to 17.
NaturalMotion Games, the makers of mobile games including Clumsy Ninja, CSR Racing, and CSR Classics (and recently acquired by Zynga), will invite the Animation category winner for a day trip to their Oxford Headquarters studio in Oxford to spend time learning from the teams.
“As a company who has been one of the animation technology pioneers in the video games sector for the last decade, I’m incredibly proud that NaturalMotion is sponsoring Future8’s Animation Category," said Simon Mack, CTO of NaturalMotion Games.
"I’m looking forward to seeing what the next generation of animation talent looks like.”
Now That’s What I Call Music is sponsoring the Music category, with the winner scooping a recording session at professional recording studio RedLight London, including three hours of recording and two hours of mastering.
“We are delighted to be sponsoring The Future8 Music Category in order to help recognise and reward emerging new talent," said Alex McCloy, head of digital at NOW Music.
"The level of creativity young musicians, songwriters and producers display by utilising the technology and channels available today to broadcast their music is inspiring. Hopefully we will discover stars of the future.”
Elsewhere, Stick Sports will be offering the winner of the Games category three one-hour advice and mentoring sessions with Paul Collins, CEO of Stick Sports, focusing on developing a game for launch on the app store.
Collins added: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Future8 Games Category Award, With so much amazing technology available today the opportunity for talented young people to build upon their ideas and distribute out to the world has never been easier. ”
Finally, Bin Weevils is backing the Web Category and giving the winner a trip to London to spend a day in the Bin Weevils studio to design a new Nest Item that will feature on www.BinWeevils.com, and the brand new mobile game Weevil World.
"These young people are the future of our industry so it’s vital we support them as much as we can," said Richard Watney, CEO of 55Pixels (the company behind Bin Weevils).
"Giving them an insight into a leading gaming studio will hopefully inspire them to turn their passion into a successful career."
Tiffany Tasker, business development manager at SuperAwesome, added: “We’re really excited to be working with each of our fantastic Future8 sponsors and judges.
"With judging taking place at the moment it’s brilliant to see such a high standard of talent in every category. We’re looking forward to awarding our winners on 1st November.”
For more information, visit www.TheFuture8.com