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Abertay student wins Glasgow 2014 video game prize

Your Moment game
Image caption The game can be played on the Glasgow 2014 website

An Abertay University student has won a competition to produce a video game based on the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

William Rountree, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, scooped a cash prize of £2,014 for his design called Your Moment.

The 21-year-old's game allows players to try 10 of the 17 sports that feature in the 2014 games.

It was produced with help from a professional games studio in Dundee.

The game can be played free on the Glasgow 2014 website.

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith said: "William is obviously a very talented young man

"I was very impressed with his initial concept and seeing the finished article is very pleasing."

'Unique competition'

Avatars in the game, developed by 4JStudios, echo the branding of the Glasgow games and the backdrop features some of the city's landmarks.

The sports that can be played include table tennis, cycling and gymnastics.

Mr Rountree said: "It's great to see the Scottish government embracing its video game industry and game development students with this unique competition to help promote the Commonwealth Games.

"I still can't quite believe I actually won. However, I have had an amazing experience working with the team at 4JStudios and seeing my design develop, change and become a reality."

The judging panel included acclaimed Scottish game designer Dave Jones, who was involved in the creation of both Lemmings and Grand Theft Auto.

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