William Rountree, a student from Abertay University in Dundee is the winner of the game design competition run by the organisers of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
William’s concept was judged by a panel of industry experts, including Dave Jones (the gentleman behind games including Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto and Crackdown, just in case you don’t know…) and then worked with 4J Studios in Dundee to bring the game to life.
Incorporating design elements and imagery from the Commonwealth Games logo, along with many of Glasgow’s most famous landmarks, the game allows players to compete in a number of events which will be part of the 2014 event, including athletics, cycling, shooting, judo, Rugby 7s and lawn bowls – all in a new take on the classic Hyper Sports (or for the more elderly readers, Daley Thomson’s Decathlon)
Alongside having his game featured prominently on the Commonwealth Games website, William also won £2014, saying:
“It’s great to see the Scottish Government embracing its video game industry and game development students with this unique competition to help promote the Commonwealth Games. I still can’t quite believe I actually won!
“However, I have had an amazing experience working with the team at 4JStudios and seeing my design develop, change and become a reality. It has given me great insight into the development process in a real studio environment, experience which will be very useful when looking for a job upon completing my course.”
While the Commonwealth Games minister Shona Robison said:
“This competition has been a unique opportunity to combine the creativity and flair of students in Scotland with the skill of our world-renowned games development sector and the excitement and passion prompted by the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland in 2014.
“This is the perfect springboard for Scotland to stamp its innovative character on the 2014 Commonwealth Games and further raise the profile of our digital economy. Work continues to ensure these Games are an amazing experience for both Glasgow and Scotland. This competition contributes to our efforts to maximise the long term benefits of the Games by encouraging talent and forging links between education and industry.”
Head over to the Commonwealth Games website and try the game now.
And congratulations to William (and the team at 4J).