Dare to be Digital 2012 applications open today

NEWS RELEASE: Dare to be Digital 2012 applications open today

For immediate release: Monday 23 January

Entries should be made online at http://www.daretobedigital.com/

Run by the University of Abertay Dundee, Dare to be Digital sees hundreds of students every year competing to become one of the 15 teams to build a working game prototype in just nine weeks.

The games then go on show to the public and to industry experts in Dundee in August, with three winning teams picked to compete for the BAFTA ‘Ones to Watch’ award.

BAFTA-nominated Malath Abbas from Dare 2011 said: “People should jump at the chance of entering Dare 2012 as it’s the best route to the games industry out of university.

“If you are creative and love games then Dare to be Digital is the best possible opportunity to develop a game idea, get paid for it and possibly land a job!”

BAFTA-nominated Sophia George from Dare 2011 said: “I think people should enter Dare to be Digital because it is a great opportunity for people who are keen to break into the games industry. I feel the experience was priceless and I met so many wonderful people.”

BAFTA-nominated Roman Graebsch from Dare 2011 said: "Trade your summer for more than you'll ever learn about making, and selling, games during a year of university. Come for the lovely Scottish weather and whisky, stay for the job-landing entry on your CV."

The Livingstone-Hope 'Next Gen' report into the UK’s video games and visual effects industries last year recommended that Abertay University’s Dare to be Digital model of workplace simulation be introduced into university courses across the UK, which the Government has endorsed.

Elaine Russell, Dare to be Digital project manager, said:

“Abertay University is delighted to open up Dare to be Digital 2012 for applications – last year was the best year ever, so the new teams have a lot to live up to!

“Taking part in Dare to be Digital is a life-changing opportunity for many young game developers, giving them incredible experience and access to leading industry experts from companies like Rockstar and Sony.

“And the experience of seeing thousands of people play your game at the Dare ProtoPlay games festival at the end of the competition can be life-changing for students looking to enter the games industry.

“With the many innovative release channels available in the market, we are particularly keen to see how the students can use Dare to be Digital as a platform to launch commercially in the gaming market.”

Applicants this year can also submit a video outlining their game idea, which will help the industry judges shortlist teams to interview in person.

To apply, please visit http://www.daretobedigital.com/

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