Scottish Student Helps Team To BAFTA Win
A team consisting of Scottish and Finish students picked up the award for One to Watch at Tuesday nights British Academy Games Awards, for their title Starcrossed.
The BAFTA One to Watch prize is awarded through Dare to be Digital, an annual nine-week student game design competition that is held at the University of Abertay Dundee.
Going under the name Kind of a Big Deal, the student developers were supported by the Scottish Government as the Nordic competitor, pledging £85,700.
The team consists of Finish students Kimi Sulopuisto, Petri Liuska, Minttu Meriläinen, Vili Viitaniemi and Scottish student Andrew MacLean, who joined the team from the university as their Scottish ambassador.
After winning the award Andrew MacLean said
“It all seemed so sudden – I wasn’t expecting the award to be announced so soon, and then all of a sudden we were backstage doing all the press interviews. Obviously, we’re all absolutely delighted and it’s great, but it’ll take a while for it to properly sink in.
“The other guys in the team will progress with the game, and I’m going to finish my degree and progress my career in the games industry. I’m hoping my degree plus the BAFTA will open a lot of doors.”
Starcrossed was commercially released for Microsoft’s Windows Phone Marketplace in December.
Entries for the 2013 Dare to be Digital competition are open until 9th April.