Cabinet Secretary praises new talent and the involvement of young women in games

Ian Livingstone and Culture Secretary open Dare ProtoPlay

Scotland’s largest free games festival, Dare ProtoPlay, was opened today by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs and games industry legend Ian Livingstone.

Fiona Hyslop joined the Eidos life president and thousands of members of the public to play brand new games created by students on the University of Abertay Dundee’s internationally-renowned Dare to be Digital competition.

Fifteen teams of students from across the world travel to Abertay University each year to build a game in just nine weeks, with three winners then nominated for the exclusive BAFTA Ones to Watch Award for new games talent.

Dare ProtoPlay is free and open to the public from Thursday, August 8th to Sunday, August 11th in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square.

Develop has attended the event in the past, and is there once again this year to speak to the Dare to be Digital organisers, delegates and, of course, the talented participants themselves. Look out for our report in the coming weeks.

“Scotland’s computer games industry is undoubtedly one of our global success stories and the Dare ProtoPlay festival never fails to showcase the innovative and cutting-edge skills, talent and infrastructure that Scotland has to offer,” said Cabinet Secretary for Culture Fiona Hyslop.

“I am particularly glad to see a focus this year on involving women in game development, and promoting opportunities for them to get involved and become inspired to realise how their creative talent can help diversify and enhance this fast-growing and exciting market.

“Scotland is recognised globally as a creative and innovative nation and I’m delighted to open the Dare ProtoPlay festival which is an excellent platform for young people, game developers – emerging and experienced alike – design experts and gaming enthusiasts to experience the very best of video game production.”

Ian Livingstone added: “It’s great to be back in Dundee to open Scotland’s biggest computer games festival, speak to the next generation of entrepreneurs, and to see games created by some of the world’s most talented students in just nine weeks.

“The Dare ProtoPlay festival is a very inspiring event, giving children the opportunity to meet game creators – and to show them that their passion for art, design or maths can be harnessed to move from playing games at home to creating their own games as a fun, rewarding career.”

The Cabinet Secretary also met the V&A’s first ever game designer in residence, Sophia George, a former Dare to be Digital and BAFTA winner, as well as representatives from the National Theatre of Scotland, who created their first game this year with Dundee-based games studio Quartic Llama.

Last year’s festival attracted 10,000 visitors over three days, with a fourth day being added this year due to the high demand.

Running alongside the festival is a conference looking at convergence between games and the arts, film and TV, featuring speakers from organisations including Channel 4, Edinburgh International Film Festival, the V&A and the V&A at Dundee.

To find out more, visit the Dare ProtoPlay website.

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