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BAFTA launches Unity dev tool for kids

Games Unpacked built by the University of Abertay for BAFTA Young Game Designers

BAFTA has joined forces with the University of Abertay in Dundee to launch the Games Unpacked tool, a Unity based engine that allows children to make their own games.

"Every young person I know absolutely loves playing games, and Games Unpacked is a fun and easy way to take the next step into making their own games," said Paul Durrant, director of business development at Abertay University.

"By creating a simple 'digital toolbox' of all the elements of a game level, children of any age can build a brand new game and start learning about the fascinating process of games development."

EA and NESTA have also supported the project, which runs alongside the BAFTA Young Game Designers competition.

"Games Unpacked is an additional offering on the BAFTA Young Game Designers website, and we look forward to seeing how visitors engage with the package," said Niyi Akeju, BAFTA producer.

The tool was recently on show at the Dare ProtoPlay games festival in Dundee.

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