Top three finalists in Great Canadian Appathon² wowed judges with games they developed in 48 hours – makers of “Trace Racer” take home $25,000 grand prize
Toronto, November 4th 2011 – Over the weekend of September 30th, more than 400 college and university students competed in the Great Canadian Appathon² to create a mobile game in under 48 hours. At the Grand Finale sponsored by KPMG on November 2nd the top three teams showed off the games they developed to a panel of judges. Montreal’s team “Drop Table”, who created the game “Trace Racer” took home the top prize of $25,000 and four Unity Pro 3.x licenses.
Presented by XMG Studio and the National Post the Great Canadian Appathon² also awarded $10,000 to the second place team “Resistor 5” for their game “Ludicrous Archery”. Another 10 winners were each awarded $1,000 for a variety of category prizes including “Best Windows Phone 7 Game” sponsored by Microsoft, “Best Technical Game Play” sponsored by Telus and “Best Power & Performance Game” sponsored by NOS Energy Drinks.
The winning games were evaluated on criteria such as the degree of innovation, the fun and entertainment factor, the level of art and design polish as well as stability, all under the theme of sports. Each of the top three teams presented their game to the judging panel in front of a live audience. After conferring, the judges announced the winners and awarded $50,000 in cash and prizes.
The game development team from XMG Studio will work with all the finalists to polish their games and publish them in the appropriate App Store. The four team members of “Drop Table” will also be invited for job interviews at the XMG office in Toronto.
About XMG Studio
XMG Studio is an award-winning developer of hit video games for mobile devices. Founded in late 2009, XMG has been pushing the app envelope to create innovative titles that provide a cool experience for casual gamers. The company’s core focus is to develop properties that allow players to actively immerse themselves in our games. Whether it is the incredible customization feature in Drag Racer Pro Tuner, or the experimental touch mechanic in Cows vs. Aliens, XMG’s portfolio of mobile casual games all seek to drive the maximum in user engagement through innovation. Based in Toronto, Canada, XMG is presently one of the largest independent mobile game studios in the emerging app economy. For more information visit www.xmg.com, follow XMG on Twitter.com/xmgstudio or become a fan on facebook.com/xmgstudio.
About National Post
National Post is a division of Postmedia Network Inc., the largest publisher by circulation of paid English-language daily newspapers in Canada, representing some of the country’s oldest and best-known media brands. Reaching millions of Canadians every week, Postmedia Network engages readers and offers advertisers and marketers integrated solutions to effectively reach target audiences through a variety of print, online, digital, and mobile platforms.