Hoping to do for independent games what Sundance and Project Greenlight do for independent film, online content provider Zango has launched its Game Playmakaz Contest. The company has issued a call for submissions and is offering up a $50,000 game development contract for the winner. Finalist submissions will also be considered for Zango licensing agreements.
All game entries will be played and tested by an in-house Zango Games team, and 12 finalists will be chosen for review by the judges. Game experts Mark Long, from Seattle-based Zombie Studios, and Paul Steed, author of books on creating and modeling characters for video games, will then judge finalists based on overall design, creativity, fun factor, playability, stability, size, music and sound.
Zango is accepting entries through July 31, 2005. The winning game will be announced on Sept. 9 during the Austin Game Conference in Austin, Texas. Game developers can access contest rules and an application form at the Zango booth (Mar. 9-11) during the Game Developers Conference at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. Contest rules are also available at http://partner.zango.com. Submissions can be sent to Zango online, via e-mail at email@example.com, or by snail mail to Attn: Game Playmakaz Contest, Zango, 3600 136th PL SE, Bellevue, WA, 98006.