BAFTA beckons for GCU games students

05 April 2017

Team Rebound and the other nominees.

Team Rebound and the other nominees.

A team of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) games students are up for a BAFTA for the second year running – and will find out tomorrow night if they’ve been successful.

The team took part at Dare to be Digital 2016 last summer − one of Scotland’s most notable game-design competitions.

They demonstrated their work at the event’s Dare Protoplay Festival, in Dundee. The festival was attended by members of the public, professional game developers, publishers and academics.

At the end of the festival, a number of awards were given out, including three nominations for a BAFTA Ones to Watch Award.

The concept game devised by the GCU team is called Rebound, an eight-player free-for-all based on the game of dodgeball.

David Farrell, Games Design lecturer within the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “Dare to be Digital really is the premier games event in Scotland, so it is a fantastic showcase for our students’ ability. Their game, Rebound, really is a showcase of their abilities.  It’s one of the prettiest games our students have ever made. It runs so smoothy, so I’m really proud to be able to say that it’s one of ours.

“The Dare to be Digital Protoplay is a public event, so the game was played by people of all ages, from all walks of life. For them to be nominated for a BAFTA shows that both their idea and execution was great. This is the last year that the Dare to be Digital competition is running, so it’s lovely that our students are seeing the competition off with such an amazing performance.”

The BAFTA-nominated team is comprised of second and third-year students from the Games Design, Games Software Development and Games Art & Animation programmes. The students involved are: Kieran Gallagher, Alex Macdiarmid, Mark Tempini, Andrew Graham, Isaac Pringle, Craig Russell and Alexandra Donaldson.

Andrew Graham from Team Rebound said: “We were just happy to be one of the finalist teams at Dare to be Digital. We genuinely didn’t expect to get the One to Watch nomination. I’m excited for the future now.”

The BAFTA Ones to Watch winners will be announced at the British Academy Games Awards tomorrow night (Thursday, April 6) at London’s Tobacco Dock.