The winners of the fourth Gamesindustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards (UK) have been revealed.
Presented by Amiqus, 15 different companies collected Best Places badges at a digital ceremony, which is available to watch right here.
The Best Places To Work in the UK video games industry are:
Best Small Companies: Failbetter Games, Lab42, Red Kite Games, Sumo Leamington and Unit 2 Games.
Best Mid-Sized Companies: Criterion, D3T, Hutch, Sega Hardlight, Space Ape Games and Studio Gobo
Best Large Companies: Creative Assembly, Improbable, NaturalMotion and Unity.
All of these companies scored over the threshold required to win one of our coveted Best Places badges. Interviews with all of the winners can be read right here, and we also detail how these awards are judged.
During the show, Gamesindustry.biz also revealed the winners of a number of special awards around Education, Health & Wellbeing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Crisis Management and Diversity. It also named the No.1 scoring small, mid-sized and large studios. The winners were:
The Corporate Social Responsibility Award — in partnership with SpecialEffect (For companies that support charities and the wider games business)
Winner: Electric Square
The Health and Wellbeing Award (For companies who support their staff’s physical and mental welfare)
The Diversity Award (For companies that encourage a diverse workforce in games)
Winner: Sumo Leamington
The Education Award (For companies that support schools, universities and colleges)
Winner: Creative Assembly
The Crisis Management Award (For a company who best supported staff during the pandemic)
Winner: Playground Games
The Best Small Company (The highest scoring company under 50 employees)
Winner: Red Kite Games
The Best Mid-Sized Company (The highest scoring company under 200 employees)
Winner: Space Ape Games
The Best Large Company (The highest scoring company over 200 employees)
The UK’s Best Boss
Winner: Gareth Edmondson, Creative Assembly
During the event, the diversity initiative G Into Gaming took to the stage to discuss ways to improve gender diversity in the workplace. The project’s founder, Liz Prince, also named the recipient of the third G Into Gaming Award, which went to Cinzia Musio of Splash Damage.
The awards are judged by a dual survey system, including a company questionnaire (worth 25% of the final score) and an employee survey (worth 75% of the final score). Full details on the process can be found in our interview feature.
Alongside the awards, we also hosted a series of talks on diversity and inclusivity COVID-19, and we also interviewed last year’s UK Best Boss winner, Siobhan Reddy. You can rewatch all of them right here.
The 2020 Best Places To Work Awards were presented by Amiqus, and sponsored by Playground Games. Special thanks to UKIE and SpecialEffect for additional event support.