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Welcome to Dare Academy 2018!

The Dare Academy is an annual games design competition, hosted by Abertay University.

Dare school visit to Abertay.


Why Should You Dare?

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2018 Schedule

Dates for 2018

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Dare team posing with VR gear.

The Teams

Dare Academy Teams

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Tips on Applications

Here are some tips on mastering your application from Wee Door, 8 Bit 10 and Bit Loom from last year’s competition.

Dare Academy 2018 Applications have now closed

Dare Academy Applications for 2018 officially closed on Monday 23 April at 11.59pm, with 17 teams and nearly 100 students vying for a place in this year’s competition.

Five teams were working right up until the wire to get their applications in, with teams submitting at 11.48pm, 11.53pm, 11.54pm, 11.55pm and 11.58pm – just 1 minute before the deadline!

All applications are now being submitted to the competition judges who face the unenviable task of deciding of narrowing down a shortlist which is scheduled to be announced on Friday 4 May. Interviews and game pitches with the judges are scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 May.

The judges will thereafter be locked in talks to decide who the final six teams will be making the trip to EGX in September.

Good luck to all Dare Academy teams in their application, please keep in touch with Dare Academy on Facebook and Twitter.

2018 Launch Event

Watch a video of the launch of Abertay University’s Dare Academy 2018 computer games design contest. 

Dare Academy Mentors 2018

Dare Academy 2018 Mentors

Meet the industry experts who will be mentoring Dare 2018 teams

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The Dare Academy hot-housing launch

Dare Academy teams fired-up for hot-housing

The 2018 games design competition has reached the development phase

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Dare Academy logo

Take a sneak peak at Dare 2018 games!

With hot-housing just around the corner, watch the Dare Academy entry videos thi...

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Panel of judges deliberating on the Dare Academy 2018 finalists

Dare Academy 2018 finalists revealed

Dare Academy 2018 finalists revealed

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Group of people at Dare Academy 2018 launch night

Shortlist announced for Dare Academy pitching session

Abertay University’s Dare Academy games design competition is heating up followi...

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Henderson Loggie to sponsor Dare Academy

Henderson Loggie to sponsor Dare Academy

Leading accountancy firm Henderson Loggie has agreed to be a key sponsor in Aber...

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Dare Academy 2018 judges

Dare Judges 2018 Announced

The 2018 panel of top games industry judges are........

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Launch of Dare Academy 2018

Dare Academy 2018 locked and loaded!

Abertay University’s Dare Academy computer games design contest is locked and lo...

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screenshot from game - OIL

Dare Academy 2017 finalists release first game

Wee Door have released OIL, a unique strategy game blending Battleships with inf...

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Tweets by Dare

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RT @suryahmrai: Been working with the Unity timeline to create some transitions for @AetherfallGames and @AbertayDare . Big things coming!…

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