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Abertay’s Dare to be Digital games design competition reboots in 2017 as the University celebrates 20 years of having been first in the world to offer computer games courses in 1997.

Under new branding, Dare to be Digital becomes Dare Academy and the competition entry is open only to Abertay students.

What’s new?

For the first time:

  • Dare winners will be flown out for fully-funded international placements at top gaming hubs in China, India and the US.
  • Dare teams will be given stands with individual team branding to promote their games at EGX, Europe’s second largest gaming trade show at the NEC in Birmingham. It’s a showcase to get their games in front of industry leaders, trendsetters and gamers.
  • Dare teams will also attend Resonate: Total Gaming festival in Glasgow with the same high level of support.
  • Dare is for Abertay students only.

What else?

  • Dare talent will be showcased at a hugely expanded five-day Digital Graduate Show in the University’s Hannah Maclure Centre from 5-9 May.
  • The Digital Graduate Show will include Dare material as part of an array of exhibitions, retro games, performance pieces and other events to celebrate achievements from Abertay’s games courses over the last two decades as part of its ‘20 Years of Games’ celebrations.

About ProtoPlay

The events arm of the contest, Dare ProtoPlay, will no longer be run.

Professor Gregor White, Head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games:

‘Dare to be Digital has been running for 16 years with ProtoPlay in place since 2007 and we felt it was the right time to re-evaluate what our Abertay students were getting from the experience.

‘The more focused attention Dare Academy allows us to provide to our students will be invaluable to them, with Dare games counting towards their degree qualification. Attendance at EGX and Resonate, coupled with the opportunity to win an international work placement, means there is more on offer to our contestants than ever before.’

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