Earlier this year, the man behind The Games Hub, Steven Huckle, was nominated for an award from the UK Games Fund Awards 2018. The awards are the first of its kind, a unique celebration, aimed at recognising grass-roots talent from the UK games development scene, and to celebrate the achievements made within the industry.
Steven was nominated for the category of Community Contributor, alongside other nominees Richard Hebblewhite (Wrexham Glyndŵr University) and Adam Boyne (BetaJester).
To be nominated for this award, the criteria states that you must be an individual who continues to give back to the community; shows willingness to share experience; and shows time and again what makes the indie game development sector so welcoming, inclusive and cooperative.
Steven has clearly shown all of these qualities as he was nominated for his ability to guide game developers from all walks of life with passion and inspiration through The Games Hub. His nominators also praised him for his 30 years of experience in the industry, through which he has been able to create a professional and welcoming environment that has nurtured many different developers – including Fourth State Games with Lost Words: Beyond the Page, the winner of Deal of the Year.
The awards ceremony took place last week on 14th November 2018 in Dundee at the Apex Hotel. Around 200 people attended the evening, and the awarding panel noted that the volume and quality of all the nominees were extremely high, which made judging a hard process for them.
The panel were made up of Richard Leinfellner (lecturer at Goldsmiths University), Haydn Taylor (writer for Games Industry Biz), Dr Jo Twist (CEO of UK Interactive Entertainment), Andy Williams (Head of Commercial, DC Thomson Media) and Paddy Burns (Owner and Co-Founder of 4J Studios Ltd.)
The night was absolutely brilliant and was a fun experience for all involved. You can read a list of all of the winners from the night on the UK Games Funds Awards website.
The award for Community Contributor went to Richard Hebblewhite in the end and we’re extremely happy for him, it’s well deserved!
Steven had the following to say: “I was really impressed with the games scene in Dundee, and how UKGF, DC Thomson, 4J, Abertay and all the developers have built such an amazing area of games development. This has clearly come from a long-term vision for the region driven by dedicated, hard-working and talented people. The event was fantastic and shows what can be achieved with the right people working together. I can’t wait for next year!”
We thank those who nominated Steven for the award and we’re thrilled to know that Steven is having such a wonderful impact on the community.
We are also so happy to be part of an award organisation that is looking to recognise the brilliant and important work being done by indie game developers. The UK Games Fund has supported 100 companies since 2015 and it was great to be part of something to recognise all of their successes.
If you want to learn more about Steven and his work, you can read about him on The Games Hub website by clicking here.
Check out the video below to hear some more about this great night: