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The DARE Academy is an annual games design competition, hosted by Abertay University.

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Dates for 2019

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The 2019 Teams

Dare Academy Teams 2019

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Dare Academy 2019 Mentors

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Dare Academy Judges 2019

Dare judges 2019

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Finalists of Dare Academy 2019 revealed

The finalists of Abertay University’s Dare Academy video games design competition have been announced as Dundee’s Summer of Games gathers pace.

Six innovative student teams have made it through to the contest’s summer hot-housing phase, which will see them develop new games while benefiting from mentoring and guidance from top industry professionals.

Finalists won through a concept pitching process in front of a panel of judges, including Executive Vice-President of Ninja Kiwi Europe, David Hamilton, Outplay Entertainment Senior Game Designer, Keeley Bunting, and Abertay games academics Dr Lynn Love and Dr Paul Robertson.

Throughout July, the teams will now develop, hone and polish their games at Abertay, before taking finished prototypes to the UK’s biggest video games expo, EGX, held at London’s ExCel Arena from October 17 to 20.

During EGX the students will network with industry professionals from all over the world and showcase their games from branded stands, with the winning team - announced during a special Dare Academy awards ceremony – receiving a cash prize of £5,000.

David Hamilton said: “Ninja Kiwi Europe has longstanding links with Dare and we are delighted to once again be involved in a project that promotes the work of up-and-coming talent.

“It is absolutely vital that the UK games industry has a steady stream of highly-skilled graduates coming through year after year, and competitions like Dare Academy are particularly important because they give students a taste of the kind of pressures they might face in an industry environment.”

Keeley Bunting said: “The quality of the submissions and pitches was incredible this year and it was a real challenge to narrow the field down to six finalists.”

“Dare has an impressive track record of producing commercially and critically successful games and I have no doubt that the Class of 2019 will live up to this reputation.”

Previous Dare Academy teams have gone on to form real-world start-ups, with some commercially releasing their games or signing deals with major publishers.

The competition forms part of this year’s Summer of Games in Dundee, which includes V&A Dundee’s exhibition Video games: Design/Play/Disrupt, the return of the UK Games Fund Awards and a city-wide digital treasure trail led by Abertay academics.

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Dare Academy 2019 is here!

Dare Academy is Abertay’s annual game design competition. 6 finalists teams will be hot-housed at Abertay, receiving workshops and mentoring from industry professionals throughout the month of July. They will then take their finished projects to EGX – the UK’s biggest games expo -  held in October at the London ExCel Areana, where they’ll rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in the industry.

The winner will be announced at EGX on Friday October 18.

Dare Academy 2019 Mentors

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2019 Dare Academy Shortlist Announced

2019 Dare Academy Shortlist Announced

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2019 Dare Finalist Panel Announced

2019 Dare Finalist Panel Announced

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Dare Academy 2019 sponsors announced

This year's competition is well underway

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Abertay's Dayna Galloway launches Dare Academy. He's on stage with the Dare Academy logo projected behind him.

Dare Academy game design competition reloaded for 2019

Dare Academy 2019 has launched

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