Games developer scoops award for Rising Digital Star at EDGE Awards

A Truro and Penwith College lecturer has come away with an award at the first ever Cornwall Edge Awards for tech and innovation after his skills in designing computer games were recognised.

Ross Everson, from Goldsithney, is certainly a name to look out for in the world of computer games development after being awarded the Rising Star award at this year’s awards, hosted by Cornwall Live.

Ross was singled out for praise after the skills he learnt while studying at the College led him to create and develop his own game, Karate Krab, which has since been picked up for distribution by online gaming giant Steam. 

Ross, who lectures Games Development, while also working his own games through his company Liquid Sapling, said winning the award was an honour.

“It was the first award I’d ever won and I nearly got emotional,” he said. “A lot of the other awards went to companies while this one was for a single person so it meant a lot.”

The journey has been a long one for games developer Ross. Starting his path in 2012 with a diploma in IT at Penwith College, Ross was overjoyed when the College began offering Games Development the following year. Ross immediately enrolled on the two year course before following the natural progression and continuing on to the FdA Computer Games Production and Design course at the College.

Being a student at the College for six years obviously enamoured Ross as he then returned during his top-up degree at Falmouth University to test his new game with students before returning again to become a part-time lecturer of Games Development.

His new-found involvement with students has been hugely beneficial to both sides. “I think the students like that I did the same sort of journey that they’re on,” began Ross. “And it’s so helpful for me, you hear something new every day from students and when you’re teaching you learn more from it.”

With Karate Krab hitting Steam in mid-February and Ross already planning his next project, the future of this now award-winning games developer and his company is looking bright indeed.