Abertay dares to relaunch gaming competition after 20 years

Abertay’s Dare to be Digital games design competition is relaunching to celenbrate the university being the first in the world to offer courses in gaming, 20 years ago.

Renamed Dare Academy, the competition will only be for Abertay students as opposed to being open to international teams.

The focus on homegrown talent is partly a result of pressure on higher educational budgets, said organisers.

Winners will be flown out for fully-funded international placements at gaming hubs in China, India and the US this autumn.

The three student teams will also attend Resonate: Total Gaming festival in Glasgow.

Professor Gregor White, head of the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games, said: “Dare to be Digital has been running for 16 years and we felt it was the right time to re-evaluate what our Abertay students were getting from the experience.”

An opportunity to showcase this year’s talent will be offered at an expanded five-day Digital Graduate Show at the end of the academic year, taking place in the university’s Hannah Maclure Centre from 5 to 9 May.

The show will see Dare material included in an array of exhibitions, retro games, performance pieces and other events to celebrate achievements from Abertay’s games courses over the last two decades.