Search for a Star winner lands job at Boss Alien

Three talented students crowned in national programming competition

One of this year's Search for a Star winners has already landed a job at one of the UK's most prestigious game development teams - Gavin Jones of the University of Central Lancashire is now a programmer at CSR Racing studio Boss Alien.

This year's winners also include Rising Star Nadeem Joseph Alam, also from the University of Central Lancashire, and James Mintram of Northumbria University, who started Lemon Moose Games in his second year.

Search for a Star is a competition designed to highlight the skills of the UK's most promising video game students. Organised by Aardvark Swift, the competition was this year judged by Lizi Attwood (The Blast Furnace), Greg Booker (Born Ready Games), Lee Stott (Microsoft), Jason Fielder (Exient) and Ryan Sullivan (Boss Alien).

"Entering Search for a Star seemed a natural decision as an opportunity to apply and demonstrate my abilities," commented Jones. "The second round of SFAS in particular proved both a fun exercise and good practice - as well as a timely cure for any post-degree project inertia I may have stumbled into.

"Having done well in the competition seemed to lead very quickly to job offers, ultimately landing me my first job as a programmer in the industry."

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Christophe Danguien games developer 6 years ago
UK's most prestigious game development teams -> not really....or we aren't talking about the guys in Brighton. Not wanting to be mean or whatever, but sorry, the article is trying to get attention from Boss Alien or the guy who wrote it is a friend of one of the Boss Alien's head....

UK's most prestigious game development teams -> You can say that about Lionhead or Sony London, but not Boss Alien
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee6 years ago
UK's most prestigious game development teams -> You can say that about Lionhead or Sony London, but not Boss Alien
Would you not say NaturalMotion is?

After all, Boss Alien is a subsidiary and one that managed to make the top grossing mobile game worldwide from a small studio in Brighton.

I don't know how we should define 'prestige' but they're definitely one of the 'hot right now' names in British games development.

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Christophe Danguien games developer 6 years ago

When you hear prestigious British games company, would you really think of boss alien ?

Don't get me wrong here, I'm not critisizing them or saying they're bad, cause they're not :-)

It just sounds like it could have been any developer, they would have said prestigious, and yeah, from my point of view, to be called a prestigious developer, you need more than one successful titles under the belt. That's my point of view of course.

As you said "one of the 'hot right now' names", that's the issue, it's right now, they haven't been successful for years, and for me, you need to have been around for a while and been successful more than just right now.
But, it's all down to what people think as prestigious.

I named Lionhead and Sony London, cause not every one is from UK here, and people will obviously know those 2 :-)
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development6 years ago
Put it this way. If I were in the jobs market right now, I'd be writing to Jason Avent long before I'd be writing to whoever took over from Molyneux.

Or perhaps mr comment deleted. :)

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Christophe Danguien games developer 6 years ago
well I knew I would probably offend Boss Alien even if it wasn't my intention.

Let's put it this way, Some one says prestigious hotel, you think Hilton or Crown Plaza. Then here that's exactly what I mean, I think that's the best analogy to not offend Boss Alien people (and to express more clearly maybe my thought). If you can't get my point of view, well sorry about it then.

Some one says prestigious video games developer, I think Konami, Nintendo, Sony. And as I said earlier, before being insulted or whatever, that's just a matter of point of view
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Jason Avent Studio Head / Creative Director, TT Games Publishing6 years ago
I don't think we'd take offence. You're right, we only founded the studio two years ago and have released one game - albeit an extremely successful one. We're hiring carefully and steadily at the moment and so yes articles like this are all about attracting top game developers to our studio. The search for a star contest is a brilliant showcase for new talent and we're very happy that Gavin chose to join us.

I think prestigious is very kind but perhaps a rather grand word to describe us. We do believe though that we've created one of the best working environments in the UK. We have NaturalMotion's backing for brand, connections and security and really do our best to keep our people happy. It's nice to be able to reach tens of millions of customers and read tens of thousands of positive reviews for your work. Boss Alien is a great place to be and if you're a bright and accomplished Programmer at any stage of your career, we'd love to hear from you. : )
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Liam Graphic Design Director, Ubisoft Montreal6 years ago
Congrats Gavin! :)
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Christophe Danguien games developer 6 years ago
It's uncommon to meet a smart Managin Director, but I just did :-)
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