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  Two decades of success for Abertay marked at the 6th annual TIGA Games Industry Awards
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[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

Publish date: Wednesday 20th September 2017

TIGA, the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry, said that UK Universities are an integral part of the success story of the UK video games industry.

Dundee based Abertay University is celebrating two decades since it became the first university in the world to offer a video games course. Abertay will be celebrating ’20 Years of Games’ throughout 2017, and a year-long programme of celebration has been organised, featuring an array of events, workshops, design sessions, talks and tournaments.

TIGA will continue these celebrations by inviting Abertay University to present ‘Best Educational Institution 2017’ at the 6th Annual TIGA Games Industry Awards held at the V&A Museum London on November 2nd, 2017.

TIGA promotes best practice and excellence in education. TIGA achieves this partly through the TIGA Games Industry Awards and partly through the TIGA University and College Accreditation system. The TIGA Accreditation system was set up in January 2015 in order to disseminate and to encourage best practice in universities and colleges and to highlight good courses for students and employers. As of September 2017, 17 courses at the following universities achieved TIGA Accreditation: Anglia
Ruskin (1 course); Bournemouth University (1 course); Portsmouth University (2 courses); Sheffield Hallam University (3 courses); University of the West of England (1 courses); Staffordshire University (7 courses); and City University of London (2 courses).

For more information about TIGA’s accreditation system visit

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, said:

“UK universities are an important part of the success story of the UK video games industry. Abertay University is one of a number of well known and highly respected UK universities. Abertay has been educating high quality, highly employable games graduates for two decades: the university deserves to be congratulated for its great work in games education.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Abertay University for demonstrating their support, enthusiasm and commitment to the industry by sponsoring and presenting the award for ‘Best Educational Institution’ at the TIGA Games Industry Awards on November 2nd 2017”

Professor Gregor White, Head of the School of Design and Informatics (formerly Arts, Media and Computer Games) at Abertay University, said:

“We are delighted to be presenting the award for Best Educational Institution at the TIGA Games Industry Awards.

“This has been a special year for Abertay and as the University where games education began it is a pleasure to be involved in this prestigious event.”

The shortlist for the TIGA Games Industry Awards will be announced on Wednesday 20th September 2017. Tickets to the ceremony will be available to purchase through the TIGA website


About TIGA

TIGA is the network for games developers and digital publishers and the trade association representing the video games industry. Since 2010, TIGA has won 24 business awards and commendations. TIGA focuses on three sets of activities:

  • Political representation
  • Media representation
  • Business services
This enhances the competitiveness of our members by providing benefits that make a material difference to their businesses, including a reduction in costs and improved commercial opportunities. It also means our members’ voices are heard in the corridors of power and positively represented in national, broadcast and UK video game trade media.

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Tel: 0845 468 2330

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For further information, you can also contact:  Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO on: 07875 939 643, or email: [email protected]