Dundee has been dubbed “the centre of the gaming universe” after plans for a £9 million research and development centre were unveiled.
The Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise (InGAME) – to be based at Abertay University – will offer resources and support to games companies in the city and across the UK.
Several companies including Microsoft, the BBC and Beano Studios have signed up to the project with support from Creative Scotland, Dundee City Council and V&A Dundee.
Local games studios will be given access to the expertise of partners and be able to share new and emerging games technologies as well as forming new working relationships.
InGAME will also provide industry experience for students from three universities as they work on business-led assignments.
The project was set to be announced today by Abertay University in association with Dundee University and the University of St Andrews.
Michael Stirling, head of Beano Studios Scotland, said: “In Beano’s 80th year it’s fantastic to be recognised as a next-generation media player. We know the two million users of Beano.com already love playing our own mini-games, so we can’t wait to power up our gaming output as part of InGAME.
“We speak to our audience every single day and feel we can help partners deeply understand what kids – and their families – really want to see in the games of tomorrow. Dundee is already the comics capital of the world and this news confirms us as the centre of the gaming universe also. Fun-dee indeed.”
Professor Gregor White, head of Abertay’s school of design and informatics and architect of InGAME, said the centre will push forward new technological innovations. He said: “This is a really significant investment for the Dundee games industry which will have benefits for studios across the UK.”