The UK game-development competition, Dare to be Digital, has held its 2006 Awards Ceremony at the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland
The contest saw student game designers from around the world compete against each other in order to produce the best game prototype over the course of the summer holidays. Teams of five students, a mix of artists and programmers, assembled in Dundee for ten weeks to develop a prototype video game, receiving daily support and weekly training sessions from industry specialists.
At the end of the competition, the prototypes were judged by a panel of experts in the field and prizes awarded to the teams.
The three main prizes for 2006, each worth £2,000, have been won by Artisan with ‘Metalheads’, for ‘Most Commercial Potential’; Log2n with Flux, for ‘Greatest Innovation and Creativity’, and Rule of Thumb with Gal-ex:Spatial Delivery, for ‘Best Use of Technology’. An additional £1,000 prize for ‘Best Use of Screenwriting’ went to Phaigo Interactive for their game Spaceport.
“We want to celebrate the young talent from all university courses that represent a pipeline for bringing top graduates to the video games industry. The 120 talented computer artists, programmers, designers and producers whom we anticipate taking part in next year’s competition will be the cream of the future talent of the industry," said Paul Durrant, Abertay’s director of Business Development.