A COMPUTER game developer from Portsmouth has been recognised as one of the nation’s up-and-coming talents.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has named Mitu Khandaker, 29, on a list of 17 ‘Breakthrough Brits’ who are making an impact in film, television and games.
Mitu, who moved to Leicestershire earlier this year after getting married, said she was thrilled to be on the list.
She said: ‘It’s my dream to be able to continue my work as an independent game developer.
‘Being a Breakthrough Brit means that Bafta believes in me and my work.
‘This will give me the confidence to keep doing what I’m doing and make some new contacts.’
She said the recognition would also help spread the word about her projects.
‘I’m really excited about the opportunities that are going to come out of it.
‘I’m treating it all as a big adventure.’
Mitu founded a computer games studio, The Tiniest Shark, two years ago and has since been working on her first game, Redshirt.
She said the game was a tongue-in-cheek take on how people use social media.
‘It’s a unique and unusual game because it focuses on social interaction with the game characters.
‘That’s one area that has been under-explored.’
In Mitu’s game, the player takes on the role of a character who has a lonely job on a space station.
‘It’s up to you to use a social networking site called Spacebook to schmooze your way up the career ladder.
‘What would life be like if people were just left with a site like Facebook?
‘The game just takes that joke and runs with it.’
Mitu is also working part-time on a PhD in creative technologies at the University of Portsmouth.
Three years ago Mitu and her sister founded a charity called Arohon and raised about £6,000 to build a women’s education centre in Bangladesh.
The sisters received sponsorship for climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for the cause.
Mitu said Redshirt would be on the market in less than a month.