Abertay Universityâ??s student development competition returns

Dare to be Digital opens for 2011 entries

The annual Dare to be Digital student development competition from Abertay University has opened for 2011 entries.

Offering the chance to compete for huge industry recognition and a BAFTA ‘Ones to Watch’ award, successful applicants will also get advice from industry mentors and have their work showcased at the Dare ProtoPlay games festival in August.

“Like the hugely exciting games industry, Dare to be Digital has stepped up to meet the fast-moving changes in the industry,” said Dare project manager Elaine Russell.

“This year we’re looking for exceptional creative game development talent, as well as strong commercial ideas about how the games developed at Abertay University can be taken to market after the competition.

“Games development is changing at a break-neck pace, with digital distribution channels making self-publishing a serious opportunity for very small teams. As well as the market for mobile phone gaming, there are also tablets, netbooks, handhelds and online distribution channels for PCs and consoles.”

Deadline for entries this year falls on April 3rd. A panel of industry experts will judge who will be the successful entrants.

“I encourage all applicants to think both creatively and commercially. Dare to be Digital gives students a unique crash-course in team-working and access to personal advice from leading games developers. We’re expecting a large number of applications once again,” Russell concluded.

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