We have a number of great competitions open at present with a closing date in December

Microsoft Power Up

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This competition is aimed at the growing number of student and indy game developers in the UK..

The prize structure has been developed around the strategy of supporting the indie game space in the UK and fostering a vibrant and successful industry by giving developers and their titles the best chance of success through profile and discoverability.  If your a winner you will get support and assistance in the form of a PR campaign, mentoring with industry leaders & a professionally produced video games trailer. 

There will be first and second prizes as detailed below.  All ten game app finalists will be invited to an Awards Ceremony hosted at Dolby’s London HQ in January 2013.  In addition to the awards ceremony itself; there will be a chance to discover the latest audio technologies and listen to a guest speaker discussing the challenges involved in delivering a great audio experience. 

The prize(s) will be as follows:

1st Prize

  • One month’s free PR campaign for the developer and game from Train2Game (equivalent to 15 hours of PR support in the month).  Full details on the website www.ubelly.com/gaming
  • Commercial game app trailer created and produced by The Trailer Farm up to the value of £4,000
  • Up to 3 hours of mentoring sessions with Andy Payne (Mastertronic, AppyNation, Ukie Chairman) and Ian Livingstone (Eidos, Ukie Vice Chairman)
  • Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Smartphone
  • £500 Visa Gift card courtesy of YoYo Games
  • Mentoring session of two hours with Jason Kingsley, Chairman of TIGA & CEO of Rebellion Studios

2nd Prize

  • Nokia Lumia 920 Windows 8 Smartphone
  • £250 Visa Gift card courtesy of YoYo Games
  • Mentoring session of two hours with Philip Oliver, TIGA Board Member & CEO of Blitz Games Studios

Timing:  Monday November 5th competition opens and closes on December 21st at 11.59PM GMT

Power Up Competition

To be in with the chance of winning one of our fantastic prizes, after successfully submitting your app to the store, follow the steps below to enter the competition.

Send the following details to andrew@microsoft.com

  • Your name
  • Studio Name
  • Email Address and Phone Number
  • Name of the Game App
  • Include a copy of your Store Certification email for the App you are submitting.

There is no limit to the number of entries, all entries need to be received by 11.59PM GMT 14th December 2012.

Please see below for all Terms and Conditions and further details at http://www.ubelly.com/power-up-competition/

 

Construct 2 HTML5 Windows 8 competition

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Create a game or port an existing one with Construct 2 and then successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by December 21st to be entered into the competition.

Prizes
  • 1st Prize: a Windows 8 tablet, a Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 920 and Construct 2 Business license
  • 2nd Prize: a Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 920 and Construct 2 Business license
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th: Xbox 360 games bundle and Construct 2 Personal license
  • 6th-9th: Xbox 360 games bundle
  • 10th: Xbox 360 games bundle and a flying monkey

1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will also of course get gold, silver and bronze trophy profile badges as well!

How to enter
  1. Develop your game in Construct 2 and export for Windows 8. You can use the Free edition!
  2. Register as a Windows 8 publisher on the Windows 8 Store to publish your game. Note there is a fee to sign up a Windows 8 developer account, around $50 depending on your country. FREE for Student via www.dreamspark.com for additional details see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/uk_faculty_connection/archive/2012/09/12/improvements-to-dreamspark-and-free-store-access-for-windows-8-student-developers.aspx
  3. Consider incorporating some of the new Windows 8 features available like Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
  4. Submit your game for publishing on the Windows Store
  5. Once your game has been published, let us know about it before December 21st for a chance to win!
Submission dates

You need to confirm that you have submitted your game for publishing to the Windows Store by December 21st, 2012 for a chance to win.

Send an email to competition@scirra.com with your name, the title of your entry, and a link to the Store page to register your entry.

We want your Windows 8 games!

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Have you been toying with the idea of publishing your GameMaker: Studio™ game to the Windows Store? Well, wait no longer – GameMaker: Studio™'s Windows 8 support is here, and YoYo Games is offering you cool prizes for publishing your games in time for the holiday rush.

Windows 8 launches October 26th so don't delay! Publish your game by December 8th, let us know using the form below, and you'll be entered to win a $500 Visa gift card.

YoYo Games will also help spread the word by announcing the winning games on social media.

How to enter
  1. Get the GameMaker: Studio™ export for Windows 8 – it's free for GameMaker: Studio™ Standard, Professional and Master Collection customers.
  2. Register as a Windows Developer to publish your game – Student registration (free), Professional registration
  3. Consider incorporating some of the great new Windows 8 features available like Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
  4. Submit your game for publishing on the Windows Store
  5. Once your game has been published, let us know about it before December 8th for a chance to win!

Enter now!

Submission dates

Notify us that you've submitted your game for publishing to the Windows Store by December 8th, 2012 for a chance to win. A select panel of judges from YoYo Games and Microsoft will choose up to 8 games from developers in the U.S., up to 8 games from developers in the U.K. and up to 8 games from developers from the rest of the world, based on the criteria below, and will notify winners by December 20th, 2012.

What we're looking for
  • Games must be created with GameMaker: Studio™
  • Implementation of key Windows 8 features including Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
  • Games that are unique, creative and innovative
  • Games that are consumer friendly

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Competition rules
  • All games must be created with GameMaker: Studio™.
  • There is no limit on entries.
  • If the game was made in a team, the person who submits the game will be responsible for any prize sharing.
  • Games will be judged on technical merit, originality, and overall presentation with specific emphasis on Windows 8 features including Live Tiles, Snap View and Share functionality.
  • Entry to the competition is dependent on the successful self-publication of your Windows game app to the Windows Store by December 8.
  • All developers are responsible for the registration fee required to register as a publisher of Apps on the Windows Store.
  • Entries will be ineligible for the prize draw if they:
    • are incomplete;
    • violate the rights of any other person or entity; or
    • are received outside of the contest period.
  • Entrants warrant that the entry is their original work, has not been copied from others, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
  • Microsoft is not a sponsor of the contest.
  • Employees of Microsoft and YoYo Games are not eligible.
  • Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these rules.
  • YoYo Games is not responsible for lost, corrupted or delayed entries.
  • YoYo Games reserves the right to disqualify anyone who violates these rules.

Full terms and conditions

If you have any questions, please contact windows8launch@yoyogames.com.