Gaming is big business, in a way that gamers even ten years ago wouldn’t believe. In amongst all the Call of Duty’s and Madden’s however there still seems to be the opportunity for small bedroom developers to create new and original titles.
In acknowledgement of this, Activision recently set up an independent games competition with a total of $500,000 on offer in development costs for the lucky coders. The first round of this competition is now completed and today Dave Stohl, vice president of studios for Activision announced the winners saying “The first round of the competition was very impressive, and we have thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to show our commitment to supporting the creative spirit and innovation of independent developers.”
The recipients of the first prizes in this inaugural competition were Engient, a development team who won $75,000 for their title Rigonauts: Broadside, and a chap called Peter Angstadt. Peter has developed a strategy game called Destoyd, and pocketed $175,000 for his efforts.
If you are interested in seeing more of these games and reading interviews with their creators, visit the following site. Oh, and bravo Activision.
Dstroyd by Peter Angstadt
Rigonauts: Broadside by Engient