2023 BAFTA Breakthrough winners: "It gives the games industry a level footing, culturally, with other industries"

The 2023 BAFTA Breakthrough awards celebrate the hot new creative talent working today. Amongst the 42 must-watch creatives working in film, games and television today, from across the UK, US and India, are Kitt Byrne, 2D artist and game designer, and Joel Beardshaw, lead designer. I caught up with them to discuss the state of the industry and what you need to know to get into game development.

"It's a huge accolade to attach that name to a game that you've worked on, especially, I think, because I work in indie games, they're quite small teams, small games sometimes," says Kitt Byrne, adding: "It feels very big, very important."

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.