[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
Rapid2D, the Game Engine launched at the Evolve Conference,
designed specifically for developing on Windows 8, has teamed up
with industry sponsor Microsoft Corp. to launch an app competition
with a first prize of £10,000.
Aimed at start-ups and student studios, while being open to
anyone to enter, teams will be required to submit apps to the
Windows Store. The judging will be based on overall app
quality submitted by a studio/team.
Myra Smallman, of Rapid2D, also announced, “To create a
level playing field for those who are just starting out in the
industry, Rapid2D has produced a range of templates for use with
our exciting new engine, all available for free to competition
Anand Krishnan, Senior Director, Developer and Platform Group,
Microsoft UK, added, “We are proud to support and sponsor
this amazing initiative. It offers opportunities for hobby
builders, students and startups to bring their ideas to life. We
are excited to see what the next generation of developers,
designers, artists and coders can do with the Rapid2D game
The competition will launch at 15.00pm (UK) on Wednesday 23
rd January 2013 via the Rapid2D web site. The first of
the 10 templates will also be made available at the same time as
will the latest version of the Rapid2D engine, Rapid2D V1.2.
Registration via the Rapid2D website also opens 23
rd January. The closing date for the collections of apps
being published is 2
nd April 2013. All Apps which are to be considered
for the competition must be submitted to the Windows Store for
approval by 12 midnight on 2
nd April 2013.