Channel 4 is contributing a £25,000 award to a select team of successful developers at game creation Dare to be Digital.
As well as a cash prize, the media firm will also offer mentoring support for a single team.
The winning developers will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be based on their potential and ability to work together.
“Dare to be Digital is an increasingly important event in the annual gaming calendar,” said Channel 4 games commissioner Colin Macdonald.
“I have been involved in mentoring and judging Dare to be Digital since its early years, and never cease to be amazed by the quality of games produced in such a short space of time.
“Our contribution to Dare 2012 represents part of Channel 4’s commitment to uncovering and developing great talent in the UK’s games industry and this prize is a great opportunity for Channel 4 to work with the next-generation of UK games developers, and I look forward to getting to play some absolutely fantastic games.”
This year’s Dare to Be Digital has received a record number of 108 entries from 70 universities apply to the competition from 13 different countries such as China, India and Finland.
The contest will take place from today and across the next nine weeks at the University of Abertay. The three winning teams will be announced at the Dare ProtoPlay computer games festiver between August 10th and 12th.
The winning teams will then be nominated for the BAFTA ‘Ones to Watch’ Award.