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Terms & Conditions

Dare Academy is a games design competition open to Abertay University students in teams of up to 8. It takes place over 4 weeks in the summer recess at Abertay University in Dundee and offers industry mentoring , support and advice to teams to help them create an industry standard game or prototype that could be released commercially. Six teams will be selected to take part each year. All six teams are provided with exhibition space at EGX and hotel accommodation in Birmingham. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prizes?

The six finalists will attend EGX at the Excel Arena in London to showcase their project in itself. Tickets to the entire event and hotel costs will be covered. In addition, the team crowned winners of the competition will win a lucrative £5,000 cash prize to be distributed between the team. There was also be a “players player” prize and an “EGX audience favourite” prize.

How many people can I have in a team?

Teams can be a minimum of two people and a maximum of eight people.

Who can enter the competition?

Dare Academy 2019 is exclusive to all current undergraduate students at Abertay University. This does not include students who have deferred entry ot students who are not currently enrolled. You must be an enrolled student to take part.

I’m a fourth year student, can I still take part?

Yes. As long as you are current Abertay student with us, you can apply to be in Dare.

I’ve been in the final six at Dare Academy before, can I enter again?

No. Unfortunately you won’t be able to apply again, either with your previous team or with a new team. Your support for this year’s batch of teams is very welcome!

I’ve applied for Dare before but was unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Yes. You can apply with the same team or a new team. However, you can’t submit your previous project – it must be a new one.

What do you mean by ‘hot-housing’?

Hot-housing will be a four-week period during the summer where the six finalist teams will be mentored by people from the games industry. They’ll pass on invaluable experience and knowledge to contribute to your game. There will be several workshops you’ll be required to attend, all of which will help you bring your project to life.

What do I need to include in the two-minute video pitch application?

What you put in the video pitch is entirely up to you and your team. There are no set guidelines. It’s over to you to explain and sell your game idea to the judging panel so they can best understand it. Remember, judges will be watching a lot of videos so make sure you do something creative and informative!

When are the deadlines for applications?

The closing date for all applications is strictly 11.59pm Sunday 7 April 2019. We have to be fair and ensure that nobody has more time to apply than anyone else. You can find out all useful timelines regarding Dare by clicking here. This includes all of the essential dates during the competition.

What happens in the pitching process?

Judges will shortlist a number of teams to present their game. You’ll be notified in advance if you have made this stage of the competition. At least two representatives of your team will be required to participate in the pitch. That said, participation by all (or as many as possible) of your team would be a clear indicator to the judges that you are committed to the project and the competition.

How far can the game be developed before the competition starts?

You can bring a game idea or concept that you developed during a game jam as part of your Abertay degree, but actual game development mustn’t be started before May 2018.

Will Abertay own the rights to my game?

No. You and your team members are the sole owners of you game IP. You developed it, you made it – it’s yours.

Can I be part of more than one team?

No, you can only be part of one participating team.