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Games legend Ian Livingstone to speak at Dare ProtoPlay

19 July 2013

Game industry legend Ian Livingstone has been confirmed to speak at Dare ProtoPlay, the UK’s biggest indie games festival run by the University of Abertay Dundee.

The industry conference is being run on the theme of ‘independence and convergence culture’, looking at where the games industry meets art, film and television.

As one of the founders of the UK games industry Ian will share his experiences of building multiple successful businesses, from his struggles as an entrepreneur setting up Games Workshop in the 1970s with Steve Jackson, to his success with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and his vision of the future of the games industry.

His talk is on Thursday 8th August, on the first day of Dare ProtoPlay. Tickets are available now at the Dare to be Digital website.

Ian Livingstone said: “Dare to be Digital is an excellent example of how universities should prepare graduates to work in the games industry, by giving them the opportunity to see a project through from start to finish – and then put it on show to thousands of members of the public.

“I’m very pleased to be returning to Dundee to speak at the Dare ProtoPlay conference, share my experiences with the next generation of games entrepreneurs, and meet the other games developers bringing our industry together with the arts, film and television.”

Professor Louis Natanson, who leads games education at Abertay University, said: “Having a speaker of Ian’s stature at the Dare ProtoPlay conference will be a fantastic inspiration for all the developers and aspiring entrepreneurs in the audience.

“Ian’s achievements are quite incredible, from co-founding Games Workshop and creating genre-defining games, to championing the critical importance of teaching computer science in schools to the future of the UK economy.

“We’re delighted to welcome Ian back to Dundee and to Abertay University, and to showing him and thousands of members of the public the incredible games created by students on Dare to be Digital.”

Other talks will explore convergence from different angles including business, creativity, culture, cross-media discoveries and how big companies can converge with independent games developers.

Other speakers at the Dare ProtoPlay conference include:

-    Imre Jele, Creator-In-Chief, Bossa Studios
-    Ken Hay, Chief Executive of Edinburgh International Film Festival and Filmhouse
-    Colin Macdonald, Games Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
-    Jody Smith, Multiplatform Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
-    Gina Fegan, founder of the D-Media Network
-    Troels Linde, Head of Program at EUCROMA
-    Salvatore Fileccia, Incubation Director at Lift London, a new Microsoft studio
-    Philippa Tomlin, Creative Director of Other, National Theatre of Scotland
-    Tom deMajo from Other’s game developer, Quartic Llama
-    Simon Meek, creative director of The Story Mechanics
-    Sophia George, the V&A’s first Game Designer in Residence
-    Philip Long, Director, V&A at Dundee

Dare ProtoPlay marks the end of Dare to be Digital, the international game design contest for students run in Dundee each summer by Abertay University.

Dare to be Digital gives exceptionally talented students a life-changing opportunity to be mentored by games industry experts – and to take the stage at the BAFTA Video Games Awards as winners.

The Dare ProtoPlay computer games festival is open to the public from Thursday August 8 to Sunday August 11 in Dundee’s Caird Hall and City Square.

The event is sponsored by Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council and EventScotland.

For more information, and to book conference tickets, please visit the Dare to be Digital website.


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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 more information, please visit the Dare to be Digital website.

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