Do you have a kick-butt idea for a game people can play on the go? You may just have a chance to see it become a reality. Discreet and mobile gaming partners Nokia, Orange, Intel, IBM, In-Fusio, Criterion, Fathammer, NVIDIA, Kaolink and Ideaworks3D have announced the launch of the first international 3D mobile gaming competition.
With more than $50,000 in prizes to be awarded, the contest is intended to help independent mobile gaming artists or developers, traditional PC/console game developers and 3D freelancers see their creative concepts for mobile games realized.
Open to both 3D and 2D mobile gaming, the contest is divided into two main categories–downloadable and non-downloadable mobile games–that exploit the newest technologies and gaming hardware from current phones to the Nokia N-Gage platform, next generation handsets and Java phones.
The 3D Mobile Gaming contest launched at the IMAGINA 2004 tradeshow and will be highlighted during such major international industry events as 3GSM in Cannes, France (Feb. 23-26) and GDC 2004 in San Jose, Calif. (March 22-26); as well as during the European Discreet Games Tour that will run until the end of July, 2004. Winners will be announced this summer.
Depending on specific needs, winning entries will receive prizes that will assist in co-development and co-production of their project. In addition, the best concept developers will receive development tool kits. The deadline for registration is set for March 31st. Interested parties can register at www.3dmobilegamingcontest.com.