17 June 2024

Abertay University reveals finalists for Dare Academy 2024

Six teams announced as finalists for annual video games design competition

The wait is over as Abertay University has announced the finalists for its annual video games design competition, Dare Academy

Six talented teams will spend the summer designing and perfecting their games as they compete for the Dare trophy and a grand prize of £5,000. 

The competition sees undergraduate Abertay students create game prototypes with support from academics and expert industry mentors. 

The teams will take their projects to Abertay's state-of-the-art Centre for Excellence in Computer Games, where they spend an intense summer refining their games through industry-supported hot-housing.

A panel of expert judges, including Ninja Kiwi's Paul Robertson and Build A Rocket Boy's Julie Kennedy, selected the teams whose pitches impressed them the most. 

The final Dare Academy 2024 teams are: 

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

Computer Arts lecturer Dr Lynn Love said:

We have been blown away by the quality of the entries from this year’s Dare Academy finalists, and we can’t wait to see what the teams go on to do throughout the summer. We would like to extend a thank you to our judging panel for all the work they have put in. We are looking forward to working with our amazing industry mentors and sponsors, who will provide the students with invaluable insight and support over the coming weeks. This industry guidance will help them throughout Dare and beyond into their careers.

Harry Petch, team lead for Pretty Interesting Experiences, said:

The whole team is absolutely over the moon to have made the finals of Dare Academy. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all the teams involved. As Abertay students, we are all aware of Dare’s track record in setting up graduates for the gaming industry and opening doors to a wide network of games talent. The roster of Dare 2024 is filled with exceptionally fun, quirky, and innovative ways of showing off game design excellence. We all can't wait to collaborate with industry mentors to create the best possible version of our games over the coming months, and continue Dare's legacy of producing outstanding games.

Watch the highlights from Dare Academy 2023 on YouTube. 

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