Dare to be Digital open for entries

Fancy yourself a game developer?

Dare to be Digital, a competition that seeks to find the best young computer game designers, has opened its doors for applications.

The competition begins this summer at the University of Abertay Dundee.

The prize is the BAFTA Ones to Watch award. Apply at Dare to be Digital's website. Doors close on 3rd April.

Successful applicants receive advice from industry mentors as well as the opportunity to showcase their games to the public and the industry at the Dare ProtoPlay games festival in August.

"This year we're looking for exceptional creative game development talent, as well as strong commercial ideas about how the games developed at Abertay University can be taken to market after the competition," said Dare to be Digital project manager Elaine Russell.

"Games development is changing at a break-neck pace, with digital distribution channels making self-publishing a serious opportunity for very small teams. As well as the market for mobile phone gaming, there are also tablets, netbooks, handhelds and online distribution channels for PCs and consoles.

"I encourage all applicants to think both creatively and commercially. Dare to be Digital gives students a unique crash-course in team-working and access to personal advice from leading games developers. We're expecting a large number of applications once again."

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