June 22, 2022
The wait is finally over. After receiving over 100 entries to the Purple Mash Games Design Competition, 8 schools were selected as regional winners and ventured to Amazon’s UK headquarters to compete in the Grand Final, where just one was crowned 2022 Games Design Champions. It was a real privilege to meet the finalists, with some travelling hundreds of miles across the country to be there and others pitching remotely from as far afield as Saudi Arabia.
Click the links to play each school's game. Have fun!
At the Grand Final, each regional winner presented their game to our judging panel, made up of industry experts from a variety of backgrounds. They included: Mel, who is Head of Studio at Silver Rain Games and has previously worked with BAFTA on the Young Game Developer 2020 Programme; Sarah, who is the Commercial Leader for game tech at Amazon Web Services UK; Charlie, an Education Officer at ChildNet, and our very own Lucy, who works with us here at 2Simple on the CPD team and has a degree in interactive media management.
All the finalists were given a brief for their pitch and had to explain why they chose their theme, difficulties they may have had and how they overcame them, and how they would market the game if it were to be produced. But their day wasn’t all about presenting their game. Each group got to spend time with game and tech industry mentors from 2Simple and Amazon to find out more about how games are created and hopefully be inspired to pursue their interests as a career. The schools were also lucky enough to be given a tour of the Amazon offices courtesy of our amazing hosts at Amazon Web Services, who enabled us to host such a brilliant day.
Each team, with a combination of nerves and excitement, wowed the judges and those watching in the audience with their presentations. They were all confident, eloquent and passionate about their game. It was a privilege to watch and a real showcase of the talent in our schools. There were tears, laughter, dances and even a rap, but there could only be one winner. With everyone gathered, it was left to head judge Mel to announce Egerton Primary School as the winners. She praised the team's delivery and organisation, commenting:
"I really like how much research this team put into their game and how they pulled from real life experiences, and I loved how they created their own unique audio recordings. They also conducted great consumer research in order to plan how they would improve and develop their game further.”
Reacting to their win, their teacher Mark Pettit summed up the effect the competition had on his group:
“The children have been walking on air and got an amazing insight into the industry which has motivated them more than anything I've seen at school before.”
The children of Egerton were presented with Games Design Competition trophy and a wealth of prizes for themselves and their school. But it wasn’t only the winners who benefited from the experience. All the participants took home a goody bag packed full of treats.
Nigel Burdett, teacher at Emerson Valley School, was full of praise for the competition’s power to inspire the next generation:
“It was an amazing opportunity, and we are so proud of our girls for the effort they made on their game and the fantastic presentation they gave."
Huge thanks to all the adults who accompanied the children to the final day and enabled them to have such an amazing experience. We also owe a big thank you to our judges for their time (we are just glad that we didn’t have to make the final decision!) and finally and most importantly all the children who entered the competition this year. It has been amazing to play such fantastic and varied games all with the message of online safety.
Here’s to 2024 and the next Purple Mash Competition. We are already looking forward to it.
In the meantime, watch our video summary from the amazing day: