Scotland’s biggest computer games festival opens this weekend

Dare ProtoPlay is the culmination of nine weeks of intense games development by students from around the world, all competing for a BAFTA. It is organised and run by the University of Abertay Dundee and supported by Intel and other sponsors.

The festival will also be opened by living legend David Braben, who is recognised worldwide as one of the leading innovators in the games industry. He co-created Elite, the first true 3D game, with Ian Bell in 1982 and also founded Frontier Developments.

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, said: “Scotland is well known as a place of innovation and imagination, with our computer games industry undoubtedly one of our global success stories.

“The spectacular Dare ProtoPlay festival features teams from the UK and abroad, showcasing the skills of some of the world’s most talented computer science and arts students. The competition fosters international collaboration, enhancing Scotland’s creative reputation and contributing to the success of our creative industries sector.”

The Dare ProtoPlay games event has previously been part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This year it is coming home to vibrant Dundee – and is bigger than ever before.The Scottish Government has invested £85,700 in the 2011 Dare to be Digital programme, giving international teams from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, China, India, Finland and Iceland the opportunity to take part.

EventScotland, the national events agency, is supporting Dare ProtoPlay through its National Funding Programme to support a variety of marketing activities and the provision of a stage for activities being held within the square. Dare ProtoPlay is proud to have the support of EventScotland who work to position Scotland as the perfect stage for events.

Dare ProtoPlay is free, but some events require booking in advance.  The festival will take over the centre of Dundee this weekend (12th-14th August) with three days of family fun.

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