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BAFTA Ones to Watch 2013 nominees selected

"Dare to be Digital has underlined Scotland's place at the very heart of gaming excellence"

The three teams from Abertay University's Dare to be Digital game design competition that are now in the running for the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award are iKnow, Mazhlele and Team DOS.

"My congratulations go to all of the teams that took part in Dare to be Digital and especially the three winning teams that will now go through to the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award for new games talent. Once again Dare to be Digital has underlined Scotland's place at the very heart of gaming excellence," said Cabinet Secretary for Culture Fiona Hyslop.

"I always enjoy the Dare ProtoPlay festival and this year was stronger than ever, showcasing incredible innovation including examples of how augmented reality can be used. I expect to see much of this talent and intellectual property being transformed into new businesses in Scotland to follow the successes of previous Dare to be Digital participants."

The three teams were chosen from a group of 15 and three were selected by industry judges and a public vote at this weekend's Dare ProtoPlay in Dundee. This year's audience broke records, with more than 13,000 people turning out to play the games.

"We really didn't expect this. I think we could win the BAFTA, I really believe that. We've faced some big problems making our game, but looking back they were all worth it to be here now," added iKnow's Chenying Wan.

The overall BAFTA Ones to Watch winner will be announced at the 2014 BAFTA Video Games Awards.

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