Play Creators Awards winners unveiled

Published on: 5th September 2019

This year’s winners were announced at an event held at London’s Under the Bridge.

The Play Creators Awards celebrates the achievements of the toy and game designer community, including R&D teams, freelance inventors and design agencies. The event saw Spin Master, Fuse London and Moose Toys UK among the winners, while Tomy’s Alpesh Patel scooped the Design Icon accolade.

“We’re over the moon with the enthusiasm our inaugural Play Creators Awards has been met with, and our finalist line-up highlights the wealth of design talent working in the industry today,” said Billy Langsworthy, co-founder of Mojo Nation. “A big congratulations to all our nominees and winners – and a special well done to Tomy’s Alpesh Patel, the winner of this year’s Design Icon award and a true creative powerhouse.”

The winners are as follows:

Toy Designer of the Year – sponsored by Si Digital

  • Moose Toys UK – Scruff-a-Luvs (Moose Toys UK)

Game Designer of the Year (kids/family games) – sponsored by Cartamundi

  • Don Ullman, Bob Driscoll & Rob Daviau – Bank Attack (Megableu)

Game designer of the Year (tabletop)

  • Elizabeth Hargrave – Wingspan (Stonemaier Games)

R&D Team of the Year – sponsored by Wynne-Jones IP

  • Spin Master

Design Agency/Invention Studio of the Year – sponsored by Hasbro

  • So Sound

Toy Designer of the Year (licensed product) – sponsored by The Toy Association

  • Mike Wyatt & Matthew Wright – RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Play Set (Playpress Toys/RNLI)

Game Designer of the Year (licensed product) – sponsored by Sambro

  • Open 2 Design – Rubik’s Cage (University Games/Rubik’s)

Play innovator of the Year – sponsored by The Toy Association

  • Fuse London Ltd & Briology – Cool Maker KumiKreator (Spin Master)

Rising Star – Sponsored by Alpha Group

  • Chris Naylor – Wild & Wolf

Design Icon – sponsored by Batman

  • Alpesh Patel – VP of Global Toy Design, Tomy


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