Scottish game studio representing UK at Microsoft Imagine Cup world finals

Abertay University alumni, Pocket Sized Hands, are travelling to Seattle to represent the UK in the Microsoft Imagine Cup world finals, with their game Honeypot Espionage, aiming to win a prize worth more than $200,000.

They are the only Scottish team left in the competition and one of only two computer games in the final stage.

The Imagine Cup is an annual competition aimed at empowering the next generation of student developers and aspiring entrepreneurs from across the globe, to use their creativity, passion and knowledge to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. Every year tens of thousands of students from across the globe compete for cash, travel and prizes and for the honor of taking home the Imagine Cup.

It puts Pocket Sized Hands, the first team to represent Abertay University at the world finals, against prestigious universities, including the Oxford, Tokyo, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Chief technology officer Alan Yeats said: “This is an amazing opportunity to represent games in Scotland at an international level. We are really excited to be a part of whole competition and hope this can help further and grow Pocket Sized Hands in the coming years.”

Honeypot Espionage is an online virtual reality multiplayer ‘shooter’, focused on “stealth combat”, in which you are pitted against other spies in a combat arena. Pocket Sized Hands is an AR/VR company focusing on creating original content and building bespoke software. It began as a student team at Abertay and now includes programmers and artists who previously worked with companies such as Pixar, Square Enix and Capcom.