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BAFTA win for Abertay student team

10 April 2015

A team of Abertay University students have won a British Academy Scotland New Talent Award for the Best Game.

Five Pixels (Ross Davies, Chris Dickson, Jess Hider, Vimarsh Raina and Amy Stevens) created Seek, an experimental game where the player has to use a tablet as a ‘window to the world’ similar to virtual reality, but without using a headset.

They were announced as BAFTA winners at a glittering awards ceremony held at The Arches in Glasgow last night.

Five Pixels beat another Abertay team to take the title, Blank Canvas (Ellen Brown, Irvine Cruikshank, Vince Finlayson, Stuart Tait and Mark Thompson), who were nominated for Revenant.

Seek - screenshot 1 - BAFTA nominated game

Amy Stevens from Five Pixels said after the ceremony: “It’s absolutely amazing to win a BAFTA New Talent Award. I was so excited that I was shaking the whole time I was on stage. It’s a massive boost for confidence for the team as we prepare to graduate from Abertay University.

“We were really interested in doing something different with Seek, bringing a virtual reality-like experience to tablet. It was a bit of a gamble, but it seems it paid off.

“Hopefully this award means that potential employers or investors will have confidence in our ability to create games.”

Seek - screenshot 2 - BAFTA nominated game

Professor Gregor White from Abertay University’s School of Arts, Media and Computer Games said: “Seek is a very deserving winner of Best Game at the BAFTA New Talent Awards. It really stood out when the team created it at last year’s Dare to be Digital competition, where it also won the Artistic Achievement Award.

“We’re very proud of the team, who have developed high levels of technical skills during their studies at Abertay as well as a really solid understanding of the importance of making new, creative gaming experiences.”

In Seek the player has to search for their friends on a forgotten island, using new skills that the friends give them to discover secrets about the land. Each friend reveals a new way of navigating the island, including sonar location and being able to see back into the past.

Seek was originally created for Dare to be Digital, the world’s leading game development competition for students.

Applications for this year's competition are currently open at the Dare to be Digital website.


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