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Scotland set for $11.6m games research and development centre

Students also stand to benefit with work experience through InGame partnership
Scotland set for $11.6m games research and development centre

A new games research and development centre is set to be established in Dundee, Scotland.

The Innovation for Games and Media Enterprise (InGAME) project will be led by Abertay University According to the Dundee Courier the scheme is worth £9 million ($11.6 million).

The thrust of the project is to aid the Dundee video games cluster in being a leader in games education and development.

Games industry partners of the project include Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment EuropeOutplay Entertainment,  DeltaDNA, 4J Studios and All4Games.

Business and cluster development meanwhile will be supported by Creative Dundee, Creative Scotland, Elevator UK, Interface, Dundee City Council, Scottish Enterprise, TIGA, UK Games Fund and UK Interactive Entertainment.

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“We are delighted to be involved in the InGAME partnership which will undoubtedly drive forward innovation in the video games sector, not only in the Dundee games cluster but across the UK,” said 4J studios chairman Chris van der Kuyl.

“Dundee has a history of achieving great things when mixing together academia, industry and enterprise, and this project will act as a catalyst for further development at this exciting time for the city.”

Alongside Abertay University, InGame also involves partnerships with the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews.

As part of the partnership students from all three will get the chance to gain experience working with InGame.

“This is a really significant investment for the Dundee games industry which will have benefits for studios across the UK,” InGame architect and Abertay University head of school of design Professor Gregor White said.

“As well as pushing forward new technological innovations, we will be seeking to find innovative solutions to some of the challenges faced by games companies, including the management of financial and sustainability risks associated with developing original material.”

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