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Wacom supports aspiring game developers on Dare to be Digital

2 July 2013

For the fifth consecutive year, Wacom, the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets and interactive pen displays, has teamed up with the University of Abertay Dundee for its renowned game development competition, Dare to be Digital.

The partnership positions Wacom as technology partner of the event, in which each of the selected 15 student teams are given the opportunity to develop their ideas further using an Intuos5 pen tablet.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Wacom will also be sponsoring a special award for Artistic Achievement in which each student of the winning team will receive an Intuos5.

Dare to be Digital

Specifically created for the talented students of universities and colleges across the world, Dare to be Digital is a video game development competition where teams are tasked with creating a prototype game of the future.

This year the event has attracted almost 100 teams from 60 universities globally, consisting of artists, programmers and those studying audio. For nine weeks (10th June – 11th August), 75 students from 15 selected teams will receive mentoring from the best in the industry to help develop their video games.

The competition culminates in the UK’s biggest indie games festival, Dare ProtoPlay, held in Dundee on 8th – 11th August.

The game prototypes are displayed at the Dare ProtoPlay showcase event, where the general public and industry experts are able to play and vote for the games. The three highest scoring teams are awarded £2,500 and also invited to the BAFTA Video Games Awards to compete for the coveted BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

Artistic Achievement Award

Continuing to support young, creative talent and to celebrate Wacom’s 30th anniversary, Wacom is also sponsoring the special ‘Artistic Achievements’ category of the Dare to be Digital Awards. The winning five individuals from a team will each win an Intuos5 touch M, giving them the opportunity to use the best creative tools to help them develop and express their creativity.

Elaine Russell, Project Manager of Dare to be Digital at Abertay University, said: “We're really pleased that Wacom has agreed to sponsor Dare to be Digital again. The company’s support means that entrants have the opportunity to work with some of the best creative tools for designing their games.

“Dare to be Digital is all about giving exceptional students from around the world the opportunity to build a video game, work as part of a team, gain recognition from the industry and finally present their game to the public at the Dare ProtoPlay games festival in Dundee in August.”

Wacom Intuos5

The Intuos5 touch M is the ideal pen tablet for creating digital content, with advanced pen performance capable of capturing the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the tablet surface. It offers 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and tilt sensitivity.

Advanced features including multi-touch for intuitive input and an Express View display to facilitate an efficient workflow. One of the distinct benefits of multi-touch is its support of gestures to zoom, scroll, pan and rotate digital content, all while remaining focused on the creative process.

Functions such as customisable ExpressKeys, a user-defined Touch Ring and a Radial Menu speed up the workflow by enabling fast access to shortcuts and preferred functions.


Further information about Dare to be Digital can be found at the Dare website.

Further information about the Intuos range of products can be found at the Wacom website.

Wacom Creative Pros can be also found on Facebook.

About Wacom
Wacom Europe GmbH is a subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727). Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Millions of customers are using its cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology.

The company also offers its products as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom’s interface technology, called Wacom Feel IT Technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most Tablet PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability of the brand to deliver a superior user interface experience.

About Dare to be Digital
Dare to be Digital is a video game development competition for undergraduates at universities and colleges of art, hosted and run by the University of Abertay Dundee. Teams of student programmers and artists compete in an intensive 'hot-house' development environment over the summer vacation, building fully-functioning prototypes for assessment by industry judges and a public vote at Dare ProtoPlay in Dundee, 8-11 August 2013. The three winning teams from Dare to be Digital each year become the sole nominees for the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

For further information please contact:
Marlise Green                           
Ranieri Communications                       
tel: 01296 394614                           

Sabine Mende
Wacom Europe GmbH
tel: +49 521 98 91 280

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