Dundee’s first computer games festival announced– Dare ProtoPlay comes home!

The free public event Dare ProtoPlay will be held in Dundee’s Caird Hall from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 August and will feature all 15 games built in the international Dare to be Digital competition and much, much more.

Organised and run by the University of Abertay Dundee and sponsored by Intel, the Dare ProtoPlay games event has previously been part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year it is coming home to vibrant Dundee– and is bigger than ever before.

The festival will feature a huge range of games-related fun for everyone from toddlers and teenagers to grandparents and games developers!

Daniel Leyden, Technical Manager of Dundee-based Cobra Mobile, said:“Dundee is the true heart of Scottish games development and a fantastic place to live and work. The huge wealth of knowledge and expertise in games development within Dundee is unparalleled.

“With so many companies producing such high quality games Dundee is the natural place for the Dare ProtoPlay event to take place. People should definitely come along to the Caird Hall in August. You get to play brand new games for free– what more could you want?”

Cobra Mobile is one member of the Dare Developer Showcase, the collection of leading companies which put their latest games and talent on show to the public at Dare ProtoPlay. Other big names confirmed so far include Blitz Games Studios, Crytek, Outplay Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Billy Thomson, Creative Director at Dundee-based Ruffian Games, added:“I'm extremely pleased that the Dare to be Digital organisers have decided to bring the ProtoPlay event back to Dundee.

“In my opinion, the Dare competition is the best way for young aspiring game developers to directly showcase their talents to the most successful professional game developers in Europe. The fact that the final stage of the competition will also take place in Dundee is fantastic for the city.”

Dr Louis Natanson, Academic Director of the Institute for Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, added:“We’re absolutely delighted to bring Dare ProtoPlay back home to Dundee.

“Everyone had a great time at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year, but as Dare to be Digital and Dundee’s games industry both continue to grow we decided it was time to hold our celebrations right in the heart of this fantastic city.

“We’re inviting games developers and members of the public of all ages to come along and see for themselves just how exciting this industry is, and how exciting Dundee is as an international hub of games development.

“There is something for absolutely everyone and we’re expecting Dare ProtoPlay on 12-14th August to be enormous fun and attract thousands of visitors.”

As well as video games workshops for absolute beginners and talks from industry professionals, there will also be a game design jam, a professional gamer tournament, and a fun-packed games fair outside in City Square.

Entry to Dare ProtoPlay is free, but some events will require booking in advance.

Register with the Dare to be Digital website ( http://www.daretobedigital.com) or follow Dare to be Digital on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/daretobedigital) now to receive updates about Dare ProtoPlay.

All of the Dare to be Digital 2011 games will be judged by members of the public and industry experts at Dare ProtoPlay, with three winning teams picked to then compete for the exclusive BAFTA‘Ones to Watch’ award.

The teams arrive at Abertay University to start designing their games one week from now, on Monday 13th June.


For media enquiries, please contact Chris Wilson (Communications Officer)– T: 01382 308522 M: 07837 250284 E: chris.wilson@abertay.ac.uk

About Dare to be Digital:

Dare to be Digital is a video game development competition for undergraduates at universities and colleges of art, organised and run by the University of Abertay Dundee.

Teams of student programmers and artists compete in an intensive 'hot-house' development environment over the summer vacation, building fully-functioning prototypes for assessment by industry judges and a public vote at Dare ProtoPlay in August.

The three winning teams from Dare to be Digital each year become the sole nominees for the BAFTA‘Ones to Watch’ Award.

For more information, please visit http://www.daretobedigital.com 

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