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2015

Abertay team wins Microsoft UK games challenge

1 April 2015

Team Terrabite 1

Team TerraBite won the games category of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in London yesterday (Tuesday 31 March), beating strong competition including another Abertay team.

The team were selected for the UK finals after winning the People’s Choice online vote with Project Cyber, a Kinect-driven puzzle game where you must hack into a stylised cyberspace to save the world from destruction.

The game’s story is told across three different episodes and the core game is complemented by a companion mobile app.

We caught up with team member Maximilian Mantz today to hear more about winning this very prestigious contest.

Team Terrabite 2

Can you describe what the Imagine Cup UK finals involved?

"All teams had a stall to showcase and demonstrate their projects. We got the chance to meet up with teams from all over the UK and saw their awesome and inspiring ideas. As well as networking, we were offered the chance to attend talks from successful business people such as the Chief Executive of secretescapes.com.

"Later in the day, we got to watch the other teams present their projects to a group of well respected industry experts. Then we were next to present Project Cyber to the judges. It was an amazing experience and we enjoyed showcasing our game for the first time and to represent Abertay University alongside Radication Games was such a privilege."

Project Cyber

How exciting is it to win the games category?

"When the games category winner was announced, saying we were surprised would be an understatement! There was total shock from all of us involved due to the strong competition attending this event. We were honored to accept the title of the winners of the UK Imagine Cup's games category."

What’s the next step?

"The next step for us is to compete against the other winners from the innovation and citizenship categories. We will have to prepare another presentation that we will submit for judging. If successful we will be going to Seattle to compete in the world finals!"

Project Cyber 2

Do you think this opportunity will help your job prospects for the future?

"Totally! This is a closely watched competition by key people in the industry and is fantastic exposure for the team, the project and the university. As such, we believe this has a massively positive effect on our future prospects."

Congratulations to all the member of Team TerraBite - Scott Brown, Lewis Doran, Anthony Devlin, Andrew Ewen, Gerda Garu Gutmane, Yana Hristova, David Hudson, Maximilian Mantz, Tom Marcham and Dale Smith - and good luck for the next stage! 

For more information about studying at Abertay, please visit our games courses page.

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