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Laura wins Rising Star of the Year, Business in the MCV Women In Games Awards

Author: sophia.aker

On Friday, a team from Ukie and Digital Schoolhouse headed down to Facebook HQ for the fifth annual MCV Women in Games Awards.

Among the amazing women who were nominated in this year’s awards, we went down especially to support our very own Laura Martin, nominated as Rising Star of the year, Business.

We were ushered down to the buzzing Facebook basement, already filled with brilliant women and men anticipating the ceremony, and excited to network with some of the best and brightest in our industry.  


Above: Ukie's policy gurus, Anderona and Grace with me and Laura!

This year’s awards were judged by some of the most influential and knowledgeable figures in the games industry, including Ukie’s CEO Dr Jo Twist OBE, Louise O’Connor (exec producer, Rare), Jodie Azhar (CEO, Teazelcat Games), and many more.

The awards ceremony was hosted by Dr Jo Twist OBE, who kicked off the award ceremony by emphasising the importance of diversity in games and praising the contribution of the incredible women who make up the industry.

Louise O’Connor, executive producer at Rare, then touched the crowd with her own personal journey of how she made it in the industry. Despite countless doubts and challenges imposed by others, O’Connor encouraged the audience to 'own their own narrative', conveyed the powerful message that you make your own destiny.  

When Jo called Laura’s name as the winner in her category, we were ecstatic! Naturally I took on the role of “proud mum” by snapping as many photos as I could to capture the amazing moment.


Above: Laura accepts her award from Dr Jo Twist OBE. 

In her speech Laura gave a special mention to women she considers to be her role models at Ukie and Digital Schoolhouse, crediting Jo and of course, our amazing Shahneila.

The rest of the afternoon was enjoyed networking over drinks and canapés, and doing the rounds of congratulations to all the worthy winners of the day.

This award is an accolade to Laura’s phenomenal contribution to Digital Schoolhouse. A mere 2 years in the industry, Laura has gone above and beyond to make DSH what it is today, both in scale and impact. Having been recently promoted to Comms and Programme Manager, she is an integral part of the programme.

We’re so happy for Laura, who is more than deserving of this recognition. We can’t wait to see all the amazing things she’ll continue to do!

Congratulations to all winners and nominees of the 2019 MCV Women in Games Awards:

Rising Star of the Year – Development

  • Daisy Fernandez, State of Play

Rising Star of the Year – Business

  • Laura Martin, Ukie/Digital Schoolhouse

Creative Impact of the Year

  • Luciana Nascimento, Bunnyhug

Technical Impact of the Year

  • Duygu Cakmak, Creative Assembly

Comms Impact of the Year

  • Hannah Flynn, Failbetter Games

Businesswoman of the Year

  • Kirsty Rigden, FuturLab

Journalist of the Year

  • Danielle Partis, InfluencerUpdate.biz

Campaigner of the Year

  • Jay-Ann Lopez, Black Girl Gamers

Mentor of the Year

  • Caoimhe Roddy, Girls Make Games

Outstanding Contribution

  • Siobhan Reddy, Media Molecule

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