Dare Academy 2019 Mentors

Throughout Dare Academy 2019 our teams will receive guidance from professionals working in the games industry. Let’s go and meet them shall we?

Marc Williamson

Marc became CEO of Tag Games in April 2018, and has been a director and member of the board since 2014. He joined the company in 2010 as Head of Production, and since then has played a pivotal role in all of Tag’s products from pitch to launch, leading development teams, and managing client relationships. During the past 13 years Marc has lead the development of titles for clients including Rovio, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Paramount, Microsoft, and EA, and across a wide range of platforms. Marc graduated with a degree course in Computer Studies at Teesside University. Before joining Tag, Marc ran his own game development studio (Halch) for four years, creating products for Wii, DS, PS2, and GBA, on both branded and original IP.

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Erin Stevenson

"Hello, I’m Erin, the character artist/animator working at Puny astronaut on our first game, "Skye". I handle every aspect of the character process, from the very creative right down to the technical stuff, and I love every second of it! I am also one of Dundee's growing number of Women in Games (WIGJ) Ambassadors. Through this I have met a lot of amazing people and now I want to help other aspiring games developers do the same."

Fraser Simpson

I've worked in games for 17 years, 12 of those in a ‘Lead Design’ capacity on teams from 5 to 80 people. Along the way, I've made games in a load of genres and design disciplines; level design and mission scripting, puzzle design, economies, balancing, combat, locomotion, music, UI/ UX, narrative, publishing and - F2P mobile.    
I've designed games for the likes of Sega, Square Enix, Microsoft, Activision,  Zynga. I'm as passionate about the design & development process as I am games.

Eurogamer once described one of my mechanics as "
one of the worst ideas in the history of games"