Teenager is shortlisted for video game title

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A PORTSMOUTH teenager has been named as the finalist in a prestigious video-game design competition.

Jay Bennet, from North End, has been shortlisted in the BAFTA Young Game Designers (YGD) competition for his game Genre, which pays homage to the classic 8-bit collection of games that started the gaming industry.

The 14-year-old said: ‘Gaming has always been a huge part of my life and game development has been something I’ve always wanted to do since picking up my first controller when I was three years old.

‘I hope that, as a finalist, it opens up many opportunities for me later in life and that it inspires others who enjoy games to get involved and make their own.’

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony held at BAFTA’s headquarters in London on July 23.

The competition, now in its sixth year, aims to inspire the game designers and makers of the future by giving young people the chance to create their own game and develop it with industry professionals.