Abertay launches linkup project for game designers

The scheme has been launched by the University of Abertay in Dundee. Picture: Compimentary
The scheme has been launched by the University of Abertay in Dundee. Picture: Compimentary
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A NEW project, aimed at connecting budding computer games designers with potential investors, has been launched by Abertay University in Dundee.

The “Code Bar” has been established with support from the Intellectual Property Office to provide companies in the computer games industry with instant access to new games being created by students at the university.

A university spokesman explained: “Established game development studios can easily download games, check their potential to be developed into full titles, and then purchase all the rights for a one-off fee through a closed auction.

“The Code Bar is intended to unlock valuable intellectual property created by students at Abertay University and on the world-leading game development competition Dare to be Digital”

Brian McNicoll, a games industry consultant and co-founder of BAFTA-award winning Dynamo Games, has worked with the university and the Intellectual Property Office to establish the project.

He explained: “The Code Bar takes a very different approach to bringing promising new student games out to the market. There are so many games created by students at Abertay University, and on Dare to be Digital, that could be developed further by the right company.

“We’re looking to unlock promising, hidden intellectual property – giving games companies new creative ideas to develop into full products, paying students for successful sales of their exceptional work, and hopefully bringing more innovative games to market.”

Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Innovation at the Intellectual Property Office, said: “The Intellectual Property Office is delighted to have been able to support this exciting initiative through its Fast Forward Competition.

“The Code Bar is an excellent example of how the competition can support innovative approaches to knowledge exchange that benefit both businesses and students, leading to products and services that will help the UK economy to grow.”