(Naomi with Ian Goodall from Aardwark Swift)

NFTS Games Design and Development MA graduate, Naomi Kotler, has won the Breakthrough Talent Award at this year’s Women in Games Awards, which rewards and recognises the contribution of women in the UK games industry.

The event took place on Friday May 19th at The Cavendish Conference Centre in London and celebrated women in eight different categories. Ian Goodall from Aardwark Swift, sponsors of the Breakthrough Talent Award, presented Naomi with her trophy.

Naomi said: "Having only just begun working in the games industry, it means a lot to already have been recognised in such a way. There are some amazing and inspiring women in our industry, as the awards showed, and it’s an honour to now be a part of such a growing dynamic."  

(Still from Naomi's graduation VR game, Into The Black)

Alan Thorn, NFTS Head of Games, said: “We’re delighted at NFTS Games to see this highly prestigious accolade awarded to our talented graduate, Naomi Kotler. Naomi joined our ground-breaking MA course back in 2015 and produced stellar work throughout, culminating in her innovative VR game, Into the Black. Now working at Supermassive Games, we can’t wait to see what she does next! Congratulations, Naomi!”

Naomi Kotler alongside fellow NFTS graduate, Manos Agianniotakis, are working at BAFTA-winning, independent game developer, Supermassive Games. Best known for the award-winning Until Dawn on PlayStation4, Supermassive Games have gained a reputation for innovation in both storytelling and VR.

If you would like to follow in Naomi’s footsteps, applications for our Games Design and Development MA are open until July 6th – more information at www.nfts.co.uk/games