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Develop 30 Under 30 list

Proper Games' Andrew Smith among those honoured.

Dundee: Wednesday 20th January 2010 – Leading UK games industry magazine Develop has released its yearly ’30 Under 30’ list that recognises top talent from across the sector. Many of Scotland’s rising stars of game development were considered for the 2009 list, with Andrew Smith from Proper Games making the final selection.

Andrew Smith was lead designer on the downloadable Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network title Flock! that would go on to win a Scottish ‘Game of the Year’ BAFTA award and is heavily involved in several gaming events including Dare to be Digital and Next Level Dundee. Proper Games is currently working alongside publisher Capcom on Final Fight: Double Impact, which hits Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network early this year.

Andrew’s involvement in the Dundee industry, both at professional, academic and public level is testament of the dedication and community atmosphere surrounding the city, clearly marking it as the game-making capital of Scotland and one of the UK’s great hubs of digital collaboration and innovation.

Andrew said: “I was really surprised and hugely honoured to hear I had been included. This list is something I have kept an eye on since I knew it existed and I never would have thought I’d be on it! Since I was wee I’ve wanted to make games and make people smile playing them. So not only has it been an amazing year releasing Flock! and seeing all the positive feedback, but getting recognized for it and my hard work outside of the level editor and Word documents that dominate my 9-5 working life is truly an amazing experience.

Building up to the release of Final Fight: Double Impact has also seen a surge of fans who seem to truly appreciate the hard work and fond details we’ve daubed all over the project. I can’t wait to get it out there and see people playing it.

Special mention must go to everyone else here at Proper Gamers. We’re all pretty young and most of the guys here are way more talented than me. I think I’m just louder! Of course Interactive Tayside and Abertay should get a word in too. Without their brilliantly run events and sterling efforts I don’t think I’d be anywhere near the public face I seem to be turning into, at least in Dundee. Back home in Essex everyone wonders what the fuss is about!

Seriously though it’s a great accolade and one I’ll boast about in the pub till someone slaps some sense into me.”

Donna Fordyce, Project Manager – Industries at Interactive Tayside continued: “It is always refreshing to see someone working within the Dundee game development sector receiving recognition for their hard work. It is proof that we have an ambitious, dedicated and highly skilled talent base that is making increasing headway in the global industry year on year. Everyone at Interactive Tayside would like to congratulate Andrew on his inclusion in the Develop list and we are looking forward to see what future projects the team at Proper Games will be working on next.”

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Editor’s Notes:

Proper Games won a BAFTA Scotland award for its first release, Flock! ™, and is once again working with Capcom on the release of Final Fight™: Double Impact. Founded by game industry veterans in early 2006, Proper Games is a small, but highly skilled, development studio located in Dundee, Scotland. The company has built an exciting and dynamic development studio with a professional development team focused on bringing fresh, and visually rich, games to the ever-growing download market. Core to the team’s values is a determination to pack as much humour, fun, and rewarding gameplay as possible into every title.

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