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Joy as UoP scoops six awards

Dr Dan Pinchbeck

Dr Dan Pinchbeck

A computer game originally created by a University team has won in six categories at an industry awards ceremony.

Dr Dan Pinchbeck and his studio thechineseroom, originally set-up as a research project within the University of Portsmouth, won in six categories in the TIGA awards.

Independent game studio thechineseroom created Dear Esther, the brainchild of Dr Pinchbeck of the School of Creative Technologies. The full independent release of the game was based on Dr Pinchbeck’s experimental and award-winning design. The concept was designed to break new ground in gaming, exploring new types of gameplay and storytelling in first-person gaming.

The game received awards for Best Action/Adventure Game 2012, Best Debut Game 2012, Best Visual Design 2012, Best Audio Design 2012, Originality Award 2012 and Best Start-up Business 2012.

Dr Pinchbeck said “It’s really unusual for a game of this nature to have won so many awards. We’re very pleased with the product, which was originally an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded research project for the University of Portsmouth. To have seen it grow into an award winning game has been a real journey.”

The TIGA Awards are designed to celebrate creative and technical excellence and to commend business proficiency in the games industry. The awards highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation.

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO said: “The TIGA Awards demonstrated the creativity and technical excellence of the UK games industry and highlighted some great examples of business professionalism in our sector. The awards have shown that the games development and digital publishing sector is one of our most impressive industries.”

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