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Wacom launches Dare with Bamboo competition, in association with Abertay University’s Dare to be Digital

- Student game developers encouraged to develop new apps for the Bamboo Dock

For the second year, Wacom, the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions, has teamed up with the University of Abertay Dundee to form a partnership around the institution’s renowned gaming development competition– Dare to be Digital. The partnership positions Wacom as a lead sponsor of the event, as well as running a parallel competition called Dare with Bamboo, inviting aspiring game developers to create a game for Wacom’s Bamboo Dock.

Dare with Bamboo Competition

Wacom’s Dare with Bamboo competition invites students to create a game that is ideal to play with the Bamboo interactive tablet. The winning games will be available to download via the Bamboo Dock– an icon that sits on the desktop of a computer and acts as a gateway to an array of applications. Entrants will have until the 15th July to submit their game, with the registration period closing on the 15th June.

Five winning games will be selected in early August, with the first prize standing at?1,000. The winner will be chosen by a special jury including Brian Baglow, head of Interactive Entertainment at Revolver PR, and Neil Holmes, producer at Blitz Games Studios.

Last year, Mark Jawdoszak won the competition with his interactive game Skin Ink. Players use the Bamboo to draw the outlines of a tattoo or even generate their own tattoos. The game is sensitive to the amount of pressure applied by the Bamboo pen. Since winning the competition, Mark continues to work with Wacom to develop a second version of his game and provide feedback and consultancy to Wacom on various projects. Wacom foresee the relationship continuing in the future, as Mark undertakes new projects with the pen tablet manufacturer.

The Bamboo range of interactive input devices merges multi-touch functionality with pen tablet technology into a single device. Supporting the Bamboo tablet range is the Bamboo Dock. Users can play games, sketch, add notes to documents, doodle on photos and much more with the Dock apps. The Bamboo Dock has been downloaded onto 500,000 computers across Europe.

Dr Louis Natanson, Academic Director of the Institute for Arts, Media and Computer Games at Abertay University, said:“We're very pleased that Wacom is sponsoring Dare to be Digital again this year as an important partner by providing the competition with fantastic equipment for designing games, as well as supporting the Dare with Bamboo competition.

“Dare to be Digital is all about giving exceptional students from around the world the opportunity to build a game, gain recognition from the industry and present their game to the public at the Dare ProtoPlay games festival in August.”

To register or find further information about the Dare with Bamboo competition, please visit http://mini-developer.wacom.eu/DareWithBamboo.mvc

About Dare to be Digital

Dare to be Digital is a video game development competition for students at universities and colleges of art throughout the UK and across Europe. Teams of extremely talented students (usually a mix of artists, programmers and audio students) assemble at Abertay University for nine weeks over the summer to develop prototype video games, whilst receiving mentoring from the industry.

Wacom is also providing technical sponsorship of the competition in the form of providing the 15 student teams with Intuos4 M tablets to develop their video games. The Intuos4 is the ideal pen tablet for creating digital content. Its pen performance is capable of capturing the slightest nuance of pen pressure against the tablet surface, as well as offering 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Intuos4’s intelligent industrial design provides advancements in looks, comfort and control. Workflow functions such as customisable ExpressKeys, a user-defined Touch Ring and a Radial Menu enable fast access to shortcuts to access tools and preferred functions such as scrolling, zooming or brush adjustments quickly.

At the end of the competition, prototypes are displayed at the showcasing event from 12-14 August, Dare ProtoPlay, where the general public and industry experts get to play and vote for the games. The three highest scoring teams are awarded?2,500 and also invited to the BAFTA Video Games Awards to compete for the coveted“Ones to Watch Award”.


Further information about Dare to be digital can be found at http://www.daretobedigital.com

Further information about Dare with Bamboo can be found at http://mini-developer.wacom.eu/DareWithBamboo.mvc

Further information about Bamboo, Bamboo Dock and the Bamboo apps can be found at www.wacom.eu/bamboo

Wacom Creative Pros can be found on Facebook as well: http://www.facebook.com/WacomCreativePros?ref=ts

About Wacom

Wacom Europe GmbH is a subsidiary of Wacom Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727). Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of pen tablets, interactive pen displays, and digital interface solutions. The advanced technology of Wacom’s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality. Millions of customers are using its cordless, battery-free, pressure-sensitive pen technology.

The company also offers its products as OEM solutions to leading manufacturers serving incremental markets. Wacom’s interface technology, called Wacom Feel IT Technologies, is also offered as an integrated solution to strategic partners. Most Tablet PC manufacturers count on the advanced features and reliability of the brand to deliver a superior user interface experience.

For further information please contact:

Liz Paradiso??????

Ranieri Communications??????

tel: +44 (0) 1296 394 614

Sabine Mende

Wacom Europe GmbH

Professional Public Relations Manager

tel. +49 521 98 91 280

Dr. Jessica Klein

Wacom Europe GmbH

Consumer Public Relations Manager

tel: +49 2151 3614 150 307

Chris Wilson

University of Abertay Dundee

tel: +44 (0) 1382 308522

email: chris.wilson@abertay.ac.uk?


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