Dare to be Digital – Indie Games Festival

Dare to be Digital – Indie Games Festival

If you’re a regular reader of Scottishgames, then you’ll be familiar with Dare to be Digital.  The competition is unique and offers teams of students a chance to experience the sharp end of the creative process like no other event.  Even better, the competition culminates in the Protoplay event.  Three days of demonstrating the (hopefully) finished games to consumers, kids and members of the public.

Last year’s Protoplay was the biggest ever.  Nearly 10,000 people came through the doors over the three days to play the games, hear from industry experts and see the awards getting handed out (expertly we thought…)  Protoplay has always been a supporter of new talent, up and coming developers and gaming.

This year, Protoplay is going even further, with a dedicated Indie Games Fest taking place as part of the whole event.

The Indie Games Fest is being presented by the Prototype Fund, which is overseen by Abertay University.  It aims to bring together new developers with publishers, funding partners, commissioning editors and other useful people (like the editors of vital gaming blogs).

Speakers at the fest will include:

  • Channel 4’s new commissioning editor for games
  • BBC Worldwide’s executive producer of gaming
  • CCP, the company behind Eve Online
  • Online gaming company Turbulenz
  • Games analytics experts Games Analytics
  • Important editors from vital games industry website(s)
  • Many more!
BAFTA, which has been a long standing partner with Dare to be Digital through the Ones To Watch award, will also be bringing the popular Games Question Time to Scotland for the first time ever.
Gregor White, the director of Dare, told us:
“Dare Indie Fest will be a fantastic opportunity for independent companies to come to Dundee and make the contacts they need to find new opportunities and secure new business.”
Games companies can apply for space to exhibit their game(s) FREE to games industry experts, Dare judges and thousands of members of the public.
Tickets for the conference are a whopping £20 (before the 26th of July) and are £30 thereafter.  Tickets for the conference, plus the 1 x day HTML 5 workshop on 2D games, which is being run in conjunction with Microsoft UK cost £30 prior to July 26th.
UKIE is also holding a number of consultations at Dare Protoplay on the forthcoming UK tax breaks.  To make sure your company is informed and up-to-date, book an appointment now (note: other tax breaks workshops, from other organisations are also available).

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