Abertay team celebrate BAFTA success
Release date: 08 April 2017
A team of Abertay University games students are celebrating after scooping the prestigious Ones to Watch prize at the BAFTA Games Awards.
Student team Bluedoor Games took the coveted title at a glittering black-tie event in London, attended by key players from the world’s games industry.
The winning game, Among the Stones, was created as part of Abertay’s Dare to be Digital Competition which has this year been rebooted to become Dare Academy.
Bluedoor’s entry beat strong competition from fellow Abertay team Ludico’s creation, Pentagrab, and Hexterion’s dodgeball-based title, Rebound, to secure the win.
Professor Gregor White, Head of Abertay’s School of Arts, Media and Computer Games, said the standard of entries in the category had been particularly high.
He added: “To win this award is an incredible achievement from a great team and all of the Abertay students who were nominated are now on a trajectory towards a stellar career in the games industry.
“Making to the BAFTA Games Awards is a great opportunity for our students, not only to showcase their talent, but to network with some of the sector’s biggest players.”
Bluedoor Games is made up of Lukasz Gomula, Ashton Mills, Alberto Taiuti, James Wood, Roberto Macken, Kevin McKenna and Rory Sweeney.
Kevin said: "It's so surreal, when we started making the game it was out of a nostalgic love for our gaming childhood .
"We never thought it could come this far and we have a burning passion to take it as far as we can. Being nominated for a BAFTA was such a huge honour and winning it is amazing.
"This means a lot to the team. Not only does it mean our hard work is validated and celebrated by industry but it gives us all more confidence to approach the jobs and kind of future we want in games."
The winning game, Among the Stones follows a brave, young adventurer as she explores a mysterious island with the aid of its friendly stone inhabitants.
The 3D platformer allows the player to carve their own path with its creative stone building mechanics, solving puzzles and uncovering secrets on the way.
The game features friendly characters and peaceful environments with fun platforming and logic challenges.
In the wider awards ceremony, held on Thursday night, Uncharted 4 from Naughty Dog won best game while Overcooked took the prize for best British game and family title.
Platformer Inside won in four categories including Original Property, Artistic Achievement, Game Design and Narrative.