Friday, December 14, 2012
MassDiGI announces upcoming Game Challenge
There’s a new opportunity for those dreaming of creating the next Call of Duty or Angry Birds: The MassDiGi Game Challenge invites high school, college, and indie developers to participate in a weekend hackathon, with winners getting access to the 2013 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program.
The MassDiGI Game Challenge is a one-of-a-kind event that helps aspiring game developers launch new games in Massachusetts. The 2nd Annual 2013 Challenge will be held on March 1-2, 2013 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA
The Game Challenge will feature:
Competitive Game Challenge w/ Great Prizes:
Enter your game concept or prototype in one of three levels (High School, College, and Indie) and in one of two categories (Best Entertainment Game or Best Serious Game). The grand-prize winning College team will receive full access to the 2013 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program. In addition, winners in each category will receive cash and experiential prizes, industry mentorship, game promotion/PR opportunities and much more. Stay tuned for a full list of prizes closer to the event and check out the competition rules here.
Robust Mentorship Program:
One of the highlights of our 2012 event was the over 30 industry volunteers who met with competing teams on a one-on-one basis to provide valuable insight and critique on each team’s game concept. Participating teams will have a chance to sign-up for mentor meetings in the expertise areas of Art, Design, Business and Technology in 2013. Stay tuned for a list of participating mentors and additional details on the sign-up process!
Educational Programming & Meet-Ups:
Day 1 of the Game Challenge will feature sessions to help teams fine-tune their pitch for the judging committee. Session topics will include How to Pitch a Game, Team Composition/Management, Business Concepts and Scoping. In addition, a selection of our volunteer mentors will lead workshop-style talks around the topics of Art, Design, Business and Technology. The full event program, including a special Saturday keynote, will be announced in early 2013.
Indie Game Showcase:
What would a Game Challenge be without a few games to play! The Massachusetts Indie community is full of extremely talented individuals with great ideas on the cutting edge of game development. On Saturday, teams and general attendees will have a chance to network with and, more importantly, play some of the great Indie games created in our own backyards.
Whether you are a small developer looking to breakout or a student exploring job opportunities, after attending the 2013 MassDiGI Game Challenge you’ll be guaranteed to walk away with valuable new connections and a better understanding of this lucrative industry.