Student Game Devs Invited To Create Game For 2014 Commonwealth games

True story: JK Rowling’s road to becoming the Richest Writer Evarz began with an £8000 grant from the Scottish Arts Council. The moral being, besides the fact that the Pound goes a lot farther than the American Dollar, that Scotland really gives a damn about the creative output of its citizenry.

That given-damn extends to their impressive home grown video game industry, (whom we can thank for one of the most influential video game series of all time). Local developers are already lavished with tax breaks and infrastructural support, and now the Scottish government is going even further. Glasgow is the host city for 2014′s Commonwealth Games, which will be hosted in Glasgow, and to commemorate the event, the Scottish Government, is inviting student game developers to compete for the honor of having their work featured on the official Commonwealth Games site.

News of the contest first dropped last year when the call was put out for Scottish Gaming Companies to bid for the chance to lead the professional side of the contest:

“…The successful games developer will… work with the student designer to develop the winning concept and produce a final game which aligns with the ideals of the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Glasgow 2014 brand.

The game will be free to play online via the Glasgow 2014 website. It will be hosted on the same website hosting solution. The game should be designed to be played in 2D, with vector based scalable graphics and simple music and sound effects. The game should work either with the keyboard or a single button mouse.”

Dundee based developer 4J Studios (they developed the PS3 version of Oblivion; original creations include a few Star Trek games) won the bid. Now the search is on for a student developer to make the game a reality. From the Press Release:

Any student studying in Scotland is eligible for the competition which will see both the winner and runner up take home a cash prize of £2014.

In addition to this the winner will work with Dundee games development firm 4J Studios to transform their concept into a working game.

The game will then appear free-to-play on the official Glasgow 2014 website.

To enter the competition students must come up with a digital game concept which aligns with the ideals of the Commonwealth Games Federation – humanity, destiny and equality – and the Glasgow 2014 brand – living life to the full, endeavour, responsibility, stylish, genuine and fun.

It’ll be interesting to see what the eventual winner comes up with. The contest runs until April 4, 2011. The lucky winner will take home £2,014 in prize money and one hell of a resume. We’ll keep on this story as it develops.


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