InGAME, a research and development (R&D) centre based in Dundee and led by Abertay University has announced the second set of funded collaborations designed to help boost the city’s gaming sector.
The £11.5 million research and development centre is hoping to aid growth by providing academic expertise, resources and support.
The first five InGAME R&D Vouchers were selected in January 2020, with six new projects now approved by a panel of games industry and regional development experts, including the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service Transfusion Team (SNBTS TT), Lowtek Games and Xcentuate.
The latest round of co-designed projects includes a dyslexia plug-in for game engineers, an augmented reality app to showcase local Dundee culture and an oil rig decommissioning simulation tool.
Susan Cottrell, Transfusion Education Specialist Nurse from SNBTS TT, commented: “The InGAME voucher scheme will provide the opportunity to advance and develop an existing prototype created in collaboration with Abertay University, which will demonstrate how new gameplay scenarios can be played within e-learning delivery.
“Working with the experts as part of the scheme provides a fantastic opportunity to learn from each other and take games-based learning for transfusion education to the next stage of developing a proof of concept.
“This will demonstrate the value of game-based learning aligned with clinical practice and patient safety.”
“The outcome of the project will enhance the opportunity to collaborate with key stakeholders to invest in the next generation of e-learning tools and games based learning which is creative and innovative and responds to the needs of learners within the digital environment.”
Originally launched in September 2019, the voucher scheme allows individual games professionals, games companies, media companies and other organisations seeking to develop new products or services that engage games development or games developers.
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Project Director of InGAME, Sean Taylor, said: “The response to the R&D Voucher Scheme since it launched last year has been fantastic. We now have thirteen projects underway in the InGAME R&D Centre, all of which bring unique opportunities to the Dundee Games Cluster.
“We want to de-risk experimentation and drive innovation within the city and are delighted with the diversity and potential of the projects awarded funding in this round.
He said: “We look forward to working with the recipients in the coming months and welcome interest from local games studios and businesses ahead of the next round.”