The Scottish Government has launched a game design competition which will tie a student designer and a development studio together, to create a game for the 2014 Commonwealth Games website.
While details of the student design side remain uncertain, it looks like students from universities around Scotland will be asked to submit concepts for a free-to-play browser game, which will be integrated into the event website.
The tender then calls for a game development company to ‘possess the experience and knowledge of the necessary technology to create a web based digital game, working alongside the student designer to develop the winning concept and product a game that meets the appropriate ideals of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Glasgow 2014 brand.‘
The tender document specifies that the game should be ‘designed to be played in 2D, with vector based scalable graphics and simple music and sound effects, as well as be playable through either a keyboard or a single-button mouse.‘
The tender goes on to specify that ‘The successful games developer will possess the expertise and experience of the technology necessary to create a web based digital game. The games developer is to work with the student designer to develop the winning concept and produce a final game which aligns with the ideals of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Glasgow 2014 brand.‘
A budget of between £20,000 – £40,000 has been allocated to the project. Game developers can apply through the online Public Contracts Scotland website.
The deadline for entries is 12pm on 16 December 2010, with the contract awarded on 12 January 2011.