Dare To Be Digital Students Win BAFTA
Student game developers DOS Studios, picked up the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award at the the British Academy Games Awards thanks to their nomination through the Dare to be Digital contest.
Dare to be Digital is an eight-week student game design contest ran by the Abertay University in Dundee each summer. It is the only way through to a One to Watch Award nomination.
The winning game, Size DOES Matter, is a side-scroling action game for mobile devices in which the player as to match different sized blocks to a continuous series of gaps. It was created by Mattis Delerud, Nick La Rooy, Trond Fasteraune, Silje Dahl and Lars Andersen.
The game also won a £25,000 prize as part of the Channel 4 award at last years Dare ProtoPlay games festival, allowing an updated version of the game to be published later this year by Channel 4.
Project leader Mattis Delerud was understandably delighted by the award.
“We feel amazing for winning the award and could not be here without the help of a lot of people. We would really like to thank the team at Abertay University – keep doing what you are doing. You guys rock!”
The head of computer games education at Abertay University Professor Louis Natanson was equally pleased for DOS Studios.
“They deserve particular congratulations for winning in the most competitive, most creative year of Dare to be Digital we’ve ever seen. Each year it gets harder and harder for our independent industry judges to pick the 15 teams to take part, and to select just three winners to go forward for the BAFTA Awards.
Applications for Dare to be Digital 2014 are now open.