The best of UK’s grass-roots gaming industry talent are being celebrated in Dundee tonight.
The UK Games Fund Awards sees the country’s independent games development sector honoured at the Apex Hotel in what is the first event of its kind in Dundee.
The UK Games Fund is a government supported community interest company, set up to nourish games developer companies in their early stages.
Another example of our dynamic, cutting edge wee city punching above its weight, nationally and internationally.
— Cllr John Alexander (@CllrAlexander) November 14, 2018
Around 200 people are attending the ceremony organised by DCT Media Events in association with 4J Studios, the company that brought Minecraft to consoles. The marquee is a sea of colour as many chose to wear Hawaiian shirts – although some ave chosen to wear more formal attire.
— 110% Gaming (@110Gaming) November 14, 2018
Some of the organisations up for an award include Coatsink, Fourth State and Wrexham Glyndwr University.
Chris van der Kyle, 4J Studios chairman, said: “It’s amazing to have the awards in Dundee.
“The government has done a brilliant thing by supporting young talent in the industry as at that level there really is nowhere else for them to go.
— Coatsink (@Coatsink) November 14, 2018
“As an established developer myself, to be here among the newest talent is a phenomenal opportunity.
“Dundee has more games developers per head of population than anywhere else in the world. There’s a great spirit in this city so having the first UK Games Fund Awards here is phenomenal.
— Chris Payne 🇪🇺 (@qixotl) November 14, 2018
“Already you can feel it is amazing so from here it will be onwards and upwards.”
The show’s host, Jordan Erica Webber, who has written about gaming for The Guardian and is Channel 5’s Gadget Show resident video games expert, said: “I sometimes have to write or talk about the big titles but I always try and sneak in a smaller reference in there as it makes it more interesting. “Being asked to host a show like this is great as it shows how much creativity there is in the industry.
“People often talk about how big video games are and how much money they make, but it’s important to shine a light on the smaller ones as well so it is more varied and doesn’t become homogenised.”