The winners of the 2011 Dare to be Digital competition were given a rare insight into the professional game development world, when they were awarded a visit to Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) Liverpool studio. The sixteen finalists were given an exclusive tour of the world-leading facility which has produced titles such as WipEout®, Colony Wars and the Formula1™ series, and got to meet with top Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) directors.
The next generation of computer games stars were given the tour after triumphing at the Dare to be Digital competition in Dundee in August last year. The aim of the visit was to provide the students with real, practical advice from SCEE, and inspire this future talent as they enter the first stage of their career.
Leading the tour was Graeme Ankers, Executive Game Director at SCE Liverpool Studios who explained: “The professionalism and creative vision of the Dare to be Digital winners was impressive. This wave of talented students will certainly shape the future of cutting-edge game development.”
Maria Stukoff, Head of Academic Development at SCEE, added: “Dare to be Digital provides a unique incubation environment to nurture and inspire young talent and equips them with a high level of development skills required to succeed in the game industry!”
Three teams were placed as finalists in the Dare to be Digital competition and will be featured in the BAFTA’s ‘One to Watch’ award in March 2012. Look out for the following teams:
· Digital Knights: Agne Gediminskaite, Roman Graebsch, Josep B Martinez and Petr Papez from the IT University of Copenhagen and Amr Din from Abertay University
· Evolved Ape: Stuart Brown, Joe Hurst, Daniel Scholes and Mat Stevenson from the University of Central Lancashire, and Malath Abbas from Liverpool Screen School
· Swallowtail: Rosie Ball, Kristian Francis and Sophia George from the Norwich University College of the Arts, and Mark Bamford and Callum Goold from Abertay University