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Dare to be Digital 2012 – the race for a BAFTA begins
15 teams of five students have to build a brand new game in just nine weeks. All the games go on show to thousands of members of the public at the free Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival on 10-12 August in Dundee’s Caird Hall.
Hosted and run by the University of Abertay Dundee, Dare to be Digital gives exceptionally talented students a life-changing opportunity to be mentored by games industry experts – and to take the stage at the BAFTA Video Games Awards as winners.
Professor Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at Abertay University, said: “This year’s Dare to be Digital is shaping up to be the best ever. Competition to even get into the contest has been incredibly intense, with over 100 teams applying from 13 different nations.
“The 15 teams have a major challenge ahead of them – to build a game to put on show to thousands of members of the public at our free video games festival, Dare ProtoPlay, in August. We wish them every luck because this is a very tough, but very rewarding, challenge as they look to start careers in the games industry.”
The 75 student finalists will receive mentoring from members of Dare’s Developer Accord, hugely respected games companies with global reach: Blitz Games Studios, Codemasters, Cobra Mobile, Denki, Digital Goldfish, Jagex, Outplay Entertainment, Rare, Ruffian Games, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Ubisoft.
Professor Natanson added: “We’re delighted at the strong support our partners in the games industry continue to show for Dare to be Digital and our free Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival.
“The students who start Dare today have a very good chance of being hired by some of the most exciting, most successful games companies in the world. We look forward to seeing their finished Dare games – as well as great, great things from them in the future.”
The games are developed for a wide range of platforms: Android tablet, iPad, iPhone, PC, PlayStation Vita, Smart Goggles, Xbox 360, Xbox Kinect and Windows Phone 7.
Last week the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop confirmed the Scottish Government’s continued support for Dare to be Digital, with £85,700 enabling teams from China, India and Finland to take part this year.
The full list of nations represented at Dare to be Digital 2012 is: China, England, Finland, India, Ireland, Israel, Scotland and Spain.
Dare to be Digital runs from Monday 11 June for nine weeks, with the Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival open to the public from Friday August 10 to Sunday August 12 in Dundee’s Caird Hall. Last year saw over 9,000 people of all ages – from toddlers to grandparents – enjoying the fun-packed weekend.
At Dare ProtoPlay three winning teams are announced, who become the sole nominees for the BAFTA ‘Ones to Watch’ Award, a category created specifically for Dare to be Digital.
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