23 June 2023

Dare Academy 2023: Finalists revealed for Abertay games design competition

Dare Academy 2023: Finalists revealed for Abertay games design competition

Dare Academy 2023 finalist teams

Six teams have made it through to the finals of Dare Academy, Abertay University’s annual video games design competition where teams of undergraduate students develop a game prototype over an intensive summer of industry-supported hot-housing.

The competition from Abertay's world-leading School of Design and Informatics offers a blend of industry mentoring and academic guidance, is supported by mentors working across the UK games industry and offers a top prize of £5,000.

In October, the six finalist teams will travel to London for the EGX Games Expo to demonstrate their finished games to industry insiders and attendees, before the winner of Dare 2023 is announced.

A panel of expert judges, including Ninja Kiwi’s Dr Paul Robertson, Frontier’s Erin Stevenson and Build a Rocket Boy’s Julie Kennedy, selected the teams whose pitches impressed them the most.

The teams developing their games in Abertay’s Centre for Excellence in Computer Games this summer include:

Previous Dare teams have gone on to become successful indie games studios, including Pocket Sized Hands, Bit Loom, Puny Astronaut and many more.

Dr Dayna Galloway, Head of the Division of Games and Arts said: “We’re delighted by the high quality of entries from our finalists this year and are once again looking forward to working with our incredible industry mentors, who will provide the students with invaluable guidance and advice that will help them throughout their careers. Dare has an awesome track record of producing fantastic games, but also in setting up early-stage studios which often go on to become start-ups and achieve success in the industry well after their graduation from Abertay.”

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