The best new talents in computer gaming have been celebrated at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Dundee’s Apex City Quay Hotel played host to the first-ever UK Games Fund Awards where some of the industry’s rising stars were honoured for their efforts in the sector.
Hosted in collaboration with DC Thomson Media Events and 4J Studios, last night’s event aimed to capitalise on Dundee’s vibrant games development heritage and future potential. The UK Games Fund (UKGF) was set up to help new developers get off the ground.
The not-for-profit organisation offers grants of up to £25,000.
Hundreds of people from some of the industry’s biggest firms came together to celebrate the achievements with winners presented with their awards by The Gadget Show star Jordan Erica-Webber.
Judges who whittled down the applicants into the final shortlist included Dr Jo Twist, chief executive of games trade association Ukie, Goldsmiths University lecturer Richard Leinfellner, Games Industry Biz writer Haydn Taylor, Andy Williams from DC Thomson Media, and Paddy Burns, co-founder of Dundee-based 4J Studios.
Winners on the night included Fourth State, which won deal of the year, Coatsink, which won studio of the year, and Wrexham Glyndwr University, which scooped two gongs.
Chris van der Kuyl of 4J studios said: “It’s amazing to have these awards in Dundee.
“Dundee has more games developers per head of population than anywhere else in the world. There’s a great spirit in this city so having the first UK Games Fund Awards here is phenomenal.
“Already you can feel it is amazing, so from here it will be onwards and upwards.”
Paul Durrant, founder of UK Games Fund, said: “Here we are recognising the creative talent within the community who have achieved good things.
“We’re celebrating the independent gaming centre in this country, which is quite a specific thing, but video games is a multi-billion- pound industry and we see that as something to invest in.”