Play Creators Awards winners revealed

Play Creators Awards, Alpesh Patel, TOMY
The winners of this year’s Play Creators Awards have been unveiled at an event held at London’s Under the Bridge on Monday night.

A celebration of the toy and game industry’s design talent, the night saw Spin Master, Fuse London and Moose Toys UK among the winners, while TOMY’s Alpesh Patel scooped the Design Icon accolade.

The full line-up of winners can be found below:

TOY DESIGNER OF THE YEARSponsored by Si Digital
· Bang Zoom – Yellies! (Hasbro)
· Dominic Yard – Tech Deck Sk8 Container Pro (Spin Master)
· Louise McGettrick – Fugglers (Spin Master)
· SoSound & Tricky – Tweet Beats (Identity Games)
· Triclops Studio – Pups In Cups (Golden Bear)

· WINNER: Moose Toys UK – Scruff-a-Luvs (Moose Toys UK)

GAME DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (KIDS/FAMILY GAMES)Sponsored by Cartamundi
· Adam Borton – Oops Scoops (Yulu)
· Brett J. Gilbert & Matthew Dunstan – Fairy Tile (Iello)
· Chris Naylor & Rich Walton – Avocado Smash (Ridley’s Games)

· WINNER: Don Ullman, Bob Driscoll & Rob Daviau – Bank Attack (Megableu)
· Jono & Nick Green – The Sock Game (Spin Master)
· IDEO – Plumber Pants (Hasbro)

GAME DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (TABLETOP)
·  Hal Duncan & Ruth Veevers – Cryptid (Osprey Games)
·  Marc Paquien – Treasure Island (Matagot)

·  WINNER: Elizabeth Hargrave – Wingspan (Stonemaier Games)
·  Michael Fox & Rory O’Connor – Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr (HUB Games)
·  The Fantastic Factory – Stupid Deaths (University Games)
·  Trevor Benjamin & David Thompson – War Chest (AEG)

R&D TEAM OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Wynne-Jones IP
·  Alpha Group
·  Big Potato
·  Hasbro
·  Ravensburger

·  WINNER: Spin Master
·  TOMY
·  Worlds Apart/Moose
·  Zuru

DESIGN AGENCY/INVENTION STUDIO OF THE YEARSponsored by Hasbro
·  Bang Zoom
·  Fuse London Ltd
·  IDEO
·  Making Things Studio
·  Seven Towns

·  WINNER: So Sound
·  This Is YARD
·  Triclops Studio

TOY DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (LICENSED PRODUCT)Sponsored by The Toy Association
·  Carlos Mendoza – SpongeBob SquarePants Masterpiece Meme Collection (Alpha Group/Nickelodeon)
·  Dominic Yard & Gil Zalayet – Thomas & Friends Track Master Dragon Escape Set (Fisher-Price)
·  Fuse London Ltd & Spring Loaded Concepts – Paw Patrol Ride N Rescue Range (Spin Master/Nickelodeon)
·  Jo Gough – Count With Peppa (Trends UK/eOne)
·  Justin Ramsden – LEGO Stranger Things: The Upside Down set (LEGO/Netflix)

·  WINNER: Mike Wyatt & Matthew Wright – RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Play Set (Playpress Toys/RNLI)

GAME DESIGNER OF THE YEAR (LICENSED PRODUCT)Sponsored by Sambro
·  Andrew Wolf & USAopoly – Thanos Rising (USAopoly/Disney)
·  Big Potato – Blockbuster: The Game (Big Potato/Blockbuster)
·  James M. Hewitt & Sophie Williams – Hellboy: The Board Game (Mantic Games/Dark Horse Comics)
·  Kristian Osterby, Nick Fallon, James Sheahan & Rob Harris – Kung Fu Panda: The Board Game (Modiphius Games/Universal)

·  WINNER: Open 2 Design – Rubik’s Cage (University Games/Rubik’s)
·  The Fantastic Factory, Kwasmo Enterprises, Playful Planet and Designed by Charles Darrow – Monopoly Cash Grab (Hasbro)

PLAY INNOVATOR OF THE YEARSponsored by The Toy Association
·  Bang Zoom – Mr Potato Head Movin’ Lips (Hasbro)

·  WINNER: Fuse London Ltd & Briology – Cool Maker KumiKreator (Spin Master)
·  Reach Robotics – Reach EDU (Reach Robotics)
·  Meir Biton – Storyball (Storyball)
·  Sadhbh Doherty – Sew & Glow Kit (Tech Will Save Us)
·  Wow! Stuff – Wizarding World Invisibility Cloak Illusion Costume (Wow! Stuff/Warner Bros)

RISING STAR AWARDSponsored by Alpha Group
·  Chris Naylor – Wild & Wolf
·  Joe Hearnden – Mookie Toys
·  WINNER: Ben Williams – Open 2 Design
·  Josh Wilde – Fuse London Ltd
·  Liz Ganrude – Learning Resources
·  Rob Earl-Ocran – SoSound
·  TJ Morrison – SoSound
·  Vina Arriaga – Fuse London Ltd

DESIGN ICON AWARDSponsored by Batman
· WINNER: Alpesh Patel – VP of Global Toy Design, TOMY

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