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TIGA has welcomed the official opening of the 'WhiteSpace' learning and knowledge creation centre at Abertay University inDundee - along with the Scottish Executive's provision of GPB 56,800 tohelp sponsor the 'Dare to be Digital' competition during the summer.
TheWhite Space facility, a GPB 2.5 million development, is being used bycomputer arts and games students, PhD researchers, lecturers andbusinesses. It provides a learning and creative environment thatencourages knowledge sharing, team working and technological andbusiness development.
"Scotland has some great video gamedevelopers, including Realtime Worlds, Denki, Dynamo Games, Black,Outerlight, 4J Studios, Black Company Studios, Tag games and RockstarNorth," said TIGA CEO Richard Wilson.
"Abertay's learning centre and the Dare to be Digital projects should help these and other games developers."
'Dareto be Digital' involves teams of five students, working in regionalcentres for 10 weeks to develop a prototype videogame. Approximately100 teams of five are expected to take part throughout the country. 20of these teams will go through to the full competition, which runs fromJune 4 to August 9.
"The Dare to be Digital programme is a fantastic scheme, with a great reputation in the games industry," Wilson said.
"Itencourages promotion and learning about making videogames, it givesstudents a chance to work with some first class game developmentbusinesses and and it gives developers an opportunity to work withgraduates before hiring them.
"This is a scheme that deserves further expansion."

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