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Lessons in leadership from the Game Republic Award Nominations

Analysis of two Award categories Best Company Boss sponsored by Other Things and Games Legend by Red Kite Games have provided insights into how people are valued within the games industry. The winners of these and other Game Republic 20th Anniversary Award categories will be announced on 23rd November, but judges believe that all nominees should be pleased with what their colleagues, teams and peers have said about them. Far from focusing on commercial success and growth, most nominations in the categories of Best Company Boss and Games Legend considered the environment and the impact these leading individuals create.

What makes a good games company boss?

For bosses the best bosses in the Best Company Boss category appear to be those that are supportive, helpful and create the right conditions for success to follow. Many are praised for looking after their teams, leading by example and inspiring others.

Managing Director of Other Things Matt Hitchcock loved seeing the nominations “As a creative agency seeking to be good employers and bosses ourselves, the comments were really insightful, with the importance of how bosses make their teams feel being absolutely crucial to success and gaining this recognition. We are looking forward to seeing who the boss judge Rhianna Pratchett chose to win this Award, but think every nominee should feel really pleased that they have been acknowledged by their team in this way.”

Best Company Boss sponsored by Other Things nominees include:

Judi Alston – Dreaming Methods
Louise Andrew – d3t
Charles Cecil – Revolution Software
Simon Iwaniszak – Red Kite Games
Arthur Parsons – 10:10 Games
John Sanderson – PitStop Productions
Paul Tapper – Fruity Systems

Kimberley Turner – Double Eleven

What makes a Games Legend an actual Games Legend?

For Games Legend nominations sponsored by Red Kite Games, nominees are being regarded as going well beyond the success of their game or studio. Whilst games producted provide a key part of legendary status, legends have been recognised for their impact on others and the industry as well as their own incredible journeys in leading companies forward and being a positive influence on the sector and the way it has evolved.

Simon Iwaniszak who heads-up Red Kite Games and was recently named Best Company Boss in the UK by is not surprised by the comments coming through in both Company Boss and the Games Legend categories. He explains ‘We’ve seen some great nominations and I don’t envy Rhianna’s job in choosing the winners. We’re very fortunate in Yorkshire and the North to have a collection of leaders that work to support others, collaborate, and champion the industry in having a positive impact. The last 20 years have seen tremendous change and increasing recognition for games, and the people nominated have played a fundamental role in this.’

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Simon Iwaniszak won UK Best Boss in 2023 from the GIBiz Best Places to Work Awards

Nominees for Games Legend include:

Simon Barratt – Cooperative Innovations
Debbie Bestwick – Team17

Carl Cavers – Sumo Group
Noirin Carmody – Revolution Software

Charles Cecil – Revolution Software
Charles Cecil and Noirin Carmody – Revolution Software

Nina Cliff – Sumo Group
Andrew Crawshaw – Thunkd / GaMaYo

Arthur Parsons – 10:10 Games
Greg Penninck – Realtime UK / Staffordshire University

Martyn Brown – Insight Studios
John Sanderson – PitStop Productions
Bruce Slater – Radical Forge

Ian Stewart – Urbanscan / Gremlin Graphics
Kimberley Turner – Double Eleven


Winners of these categories and all categories will be announced during GaMaYo on GameDevDay on Nov 23rd at Tileyard North. The event forms a part of a year long programme of events being supported by Official Partners Escape Technology, Red Kite Games and Barclays. For full list of nominees for these Awards visit

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