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Dare to be Digital, the world’s leading computer game
design competition for students, opens today for entries – a
unique opportunity for aspiring game developers to win their very
Entries should be made online at
Hosted and run by Abertay University, hundreds of students every
year apply to Dare to be Digital to build a working game prototype
in just eight weeks. An expert panel picks 15 teams of five
students to take part in the contest.
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.
Previous Dare to be Digital winners include Sophia George, who
is currently the V&A’s first ever Game Designer in
Sophia George, V&A Game Designer in Residence,
said: “Dare to be Digital was a life-changing opportunity for
me. Being able to work solidly on our game Tick Tock Toys and then
show it to thousands of members of the public was an incredible
learning experience, and one which really helped me when it came to
applying to the V&A.
“I don’t think it’s possible to learn more
about entering the games industry in eight weeks than by taking
part in Dare to be Digital – the challenge and the support
you receive is incredible, as is the mentoring from industry
“It’s intense, exciting and exhausting, but if you
want to make games for a living you’d be crazy not to apply
to take part in Dare to be Digital.”
Professor Louis Natanson, who leads computer games
education at Abertay University, said: “Dare to be Digital
really encapsulates Abertay University’s approach to teaching
games artists, audio engineers, designers and programmers.
Real-life experience and direct access to industry professionals is
essential if you want to enter this exciting, competitive
“In eight weeks we see students absolutely transformed by
Dare to be Digital. There’s no question that it’s a
really tough challenge, but building a completely new game as part
of a small team then showcasing it to thousands of people is a
unique experience – and one that can massively help you
prepare to be a professional game developer.”
All of the games from Dare to be Digital are shown at the Dare
ProtoPlay festival in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square on
7th-10th August. Last year’s event attracted 13,000 visitors
over four days.
Competitors from Dare to be Digital 2013 will compete in March
for the next BAFTA Ones to Watch Award, with Project Heera: Diamond
Heist, Size DOS Matter and The Unknown nominated for the prize.
To apply for Dare to be Digital, please visit
Individuals wanting to apply – and teams needing extra
members – can contact other applicants through the Dare to be
Applications close at 9am on Monday 21 April.