An awards ceremony celebrating rising talent in the UK games industry is to be held in Dundee.
The first ever UK Games Fund Awards, hosted in collaboration with DC Thomson Media Events, are expected to capitalise on Dundee’s vibrant games development heritage and future potential.
Organisers said the city was the “perfect host” for the event, which will recognise the achievements of the best emerging talent in the UK Games Fund community, and hailed its position as a “creative cluster”.
Paul Durrant, founder and chief executive of the UK Games Fund, said: “Dundee was our natural choice to pilot the UK Games Fund Awards.
“The city’s game development heritage, together with its cultural renaissance this year, have been key reasons to choose Dundee as the location for this year’s awards ceremony.”
Mr Durrant said the event would bring something different to the existing line up of well-established and regarded games awards programmes by showcasing the stars of the future.
“The UK Games Fund Awards offer us a chance to focus on the talent across the very early stage games development studios that are part of our community.
“To celebrate the achievements of these fledgling companies we’re bringing them to a city that has been widely flagged as this year’s hot destination.
“Our partnership with DC Thomson Media provides a fabulous opportunity to capitalise on Dundee’s games and media legacy.”
The UK Games Fund has a community of more than 100 games development companies from across the country, all working on diverse and innovative titles.
The awards also mean a growth for DC Thomson Media’s portfolio of events, which include the No.1 Amazing Women Awards, The Courier Business Awards and The Menu Food & Drink Awards.
It is hoped that the games awards will create a useful and informative networking event and stimulate ideas and opportunities for collaboration.
Shortlisted nominees will be offered the chance to visit Dundee, attend a welcome reception at DC Thomson Media’s headquarters in the city and take part in a lavish awards ceremony at the Apex Hotel on November 14.
Nominations officially open on Thursday, July 12.