Cartoon Net, AOL to Give Developer Big Break

Cartoon Network and America Online have joined forces to launch Project Goldmaster, a program aimed at giving one up-and-coming game developer a big break in the industry. The contest will be part of the Independent Games Festival (IGF), held in conjunction with the Game Developers Convention scheduled for March 22-26 in San Jose, Calif.

Ten finalists will be selected to compete for the opportunity to create an online game featuring a Cartoon Network character for CartoonNetwork.com’s Power Play Games area. The winner will then chronicle the journey to Goldmaster on the AOL Journal blogging service and AOL will offer a behind-the-scenes view of the creation of a game through video vignettes, early storyboards, screen images and interviews with the game makers.

AOL Games members will have an opportunity to monitor and discuss the game development process at AOL Games Keyword: Goldmaster. The winner will be announced during the Games Developers Conference.

Paul Condolora, VP and general manager of Cartoon Network New Media, comments “Cartoon Network has always been focused on attracting new talent, first for our animated series and now to develop interactive games based on our successful properties. Millions of our biggest fans will get a chance to buy and play this game. We think the independent gaming community is up to the challenge.”

In its sixth year, the Independent Games Festival received more than 111 original entries representing 18 countries in two different categories. A panel of 51 narrowed down the field to 20 of the most innovative independent game developers worldwide. Finalist games can be viewed at www.igf.com.