Play Creators Awards 2022 finalists revealed

Published on: 17th June 2022

The Play Creators Awards 2022 winners will be announced at the live Play Creators Awards on Tuesday September 6th at London’s Twickenham Stadium.

Play Creators Awards 2022Mojo Nation has unveiled the finalists for this year’s Play Creators Awards.

The Play Creators Awards celebrates designers and inventors in the toy and game community that have excelled over the last 12 months. This year’s Play Creators Awards will take place on Tuesday, September 6th at the Union Ale House within London’s Twickenham Stadium.

As nominated by their peers, the finalists are:

Toy Designer of the Year (Sponsored by Jazwares)

  • Bang Zoom, SG Labs & Fisher-Price Infant Brand Development Team – DJ Bouncin’ Beats (Fisher-Price)
  • Big Monster Toys – Koosh Flix Stix (PlayMonster)
  • Emma Costa Lascelles, Matt Jordan & Tom Yamazaki (Tomy) – Toomies Bubble & Bake Bathtime Kitchen (Tomy)
  • Fuse & Polly Pocket Brand Design Team – Polly Pocket Pollyville Pet Adventure Treehouse Playset (Mattel)
  • Ideo, Sound Machine & Christina Ericson (Mattel) – Barbie Hatch & Gather Egg Farm (Mattel)
  • Making Things Studio & Gund Design Team – Baby Gund Lil’ Luvs Tuck-Away Lovey (Spin Master)
  • Mari Luz Riu (ToyZone) – Jiggly Pets Tan Tan the Orangutan (Eolo Toys)
  • Melissa & Doug Design Team – Let’s Explore: Campfire S’mores Play Set (Melissa & Doug)
  • Moose Toys Design Team – Magic Mixies (Moose Toys)

Game Designer of the Year (Kids/Family Games)

  • Bernhard Weber & Jens-Peter Schliemann – Magic Mountain (Amigo)
  • Big Ideas & Tricky – Whoopee Duck (Fuel for Fun)
  • Big Monster Toys & Spin Master Games – Sink N Sand (Spin Master)
  • David Yakos (Streamline Design) & Michael Sheridan (Educational Insights) – Kanoodle Fusion (Educational Insights)
  • Fun-Damental Invention – Giddy Up (John Adams)
  • Ideo – MixMatchies (Hasbro)
  • JM Duparc & Identity Games Team – Head of Security (Identity Games)
  • Seven Towns – Tippy the Dragon (John Adams)
  • Thierry Denoual – Tongues Out (Blue Orange Games)

Game Designer of the Year (Party Games)

  • Barry McLaughlin & Jason Lautenschleger – Scribble Hips (Big Potato)
  • Big Ideas & Tricky – Deface Race (Tomy)
  • Big Potato R&D Team, Dominic Yard & Beks Barnett – Chicken Vs Hotdog (Big Potato)
  • Carl Brière – Match 5 (Synapses Games)
  • Courtney Wood, Marty Pardoe, Matt Ludlow & Roberto Rotaru – Death by Coconuts (Bubblegum Stuff)`
  • David McGranaghan & Julian Miller (McMiller) – Uproar (McMiller)
  • Hazel Reynolds (Gamely Games) – Six Second Scribbles (Gamely Games)
  • JM Duparc & Identity Games Team – Beeblio (Identity Games)
  • Matt Edmondson (Format Games) – Noggin (Format Games)

Invention Studio/Design Agency of the Year (Sponsored by Hasbro)

  • Bang Zoom
  • Big Monster Toys
  • Fun-Damental Invention
  • Fuse
  • Making Things Studio
  • So Sound
  • Triclops Studio
  • Tricky
  • Open 2 Design

Inventor Relations Exec of the Year

  • Brent Geppert – Educational Insights
  • David Winter – Jazwares
  • Dominique Roy – Make It Real
  • Heath Saber – Moose Toys
  • Nicholas Tragnark – Hasbro
  • Nikki Bauman – Fisher-Price
  • Sarah Franco – Mattel
  • Tanya Thompson – Hasbro

R&D Team of the Year

  • Big Potato Games
  • BlueJ (Jazwares)
  • Character Options
  • Hasbro Spark R&D
  • Make It Real
  • Moose Toys
  • Prospero Hall (Funko Games)
  • Spin Master
  • Tomy

Toy Designer of the Year (Licensed Product)

  • Abbie Ellis & Sarah Hurst (hand2mind) – Numberblocks MathLink Cubes Activity Sets (hand2mind)
  • Carine Rosalia – CoCoMelon Boo Boo JJ (Jazwares)
  • Fuse, Boti & Eolo Toys – NHL Battle Cubes (Boti/Eolo Toys)
  • Fuse & Spin Master Action Team – Batman Bat-Tech Transforming Batcave (Spin Master)
  • Mattel Plush Team – Star Wars Galactic Pals (Mattel)
  • Melissa & Doug Design Team – Paw Patrol Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard (Melissa & Doug)
  • Sweet Spot Studio, Versadyne & Fisher-Price Thomas Brand Development Team – Thomas & Friends Launch & Loop Maintenance Yard (Fisher-Price)
  • Wow! Stuff R&D Team & Bang Zoom – RealFX Baby Blue (Wow! Stuff)

Game Designer of the Year (Licensed Product)

  • Aaron Weil (Mattel) – Uno Ultimate Marvel (Mattel)
  • Amanda Birkinshaw (Angelpie) & Richard Heayes (Heayes Design) – Rubik’s Capture (Spin Master)
  • The Fantastic Factory – LadBible’s First Impressions (VR Distribution)
  • Frederica Scott Vollrath – The Great British Baking Show Game (Ravensburger)
  • Lauren Wallace (Ridley’s Games) – Root for Groot (Ridley’s Games)
  • Prospero Hall – Rear Window (Funko Games)
  • Sam Roberts (So Sound) – Harry Potter Skiving Snackbox Scavenge (Cartamundi)
  • Steve Moore (Tantrum Innovation) – Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots: Jurassic World – Blue Vs Atrociraptor (Mattel)

Play Innovator of the Year

  • Austyn Romero (Ridley’s Games) – Jigsaw Duel (Ridley’s Games)
  • Brian McMahon, Daniel Kim & Jared Ganrude (hand2mind) – Express Your Feelings Sensory Bottles (hand2mind)
  • Doo-Bee Toys, Nextoy LLC & Rufus Butler Seder – Spirograph Animator (PlayMonster)
  • Friedemann Findeisen – Cantaloop (Lookout Spiele)
  • Kelley Lindberg (Mattel) – Barbie Cutie Reveal (Mattel)
  • Moose Toys Design Team – Magic Mixies (Moose Toys)
  • Octopus Creations Inc, The Machine Lab Inc & Gerry Cody (Mattel) – Hot Wheels RC Aaron Wheelz Wheelie Chair (Mattel)
  • Sega Toys & Spin Master’s Doll & Interactive Team – Purse Pets (Spin Master)
  • ToyZone – SuperMasked Stretchy Figures (Eolo Toys)

Rising Star Award

  • Carine Rosalia – Lunch Squares
  • Colm Burns – So Sound
  • Dominic Besagni – Ridley’s Games
  • Emma Costa Lascelles – Tomy
  • Luke Evans – Games to Get
  • Michalis Rodosthenous – Seven Towns
  • Olivia DeLuca – Tomy
  • Ross Monks – Moose Toys
  • Sarah Everett – So Sound

The winners will be announced at the live Play Creators Awards 2022 on Tuesday, September 6th at the Union Ale House within London’s Twickenham Stadium. Those interested in booking a ticket to the Play Creators Awards can do so here.


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