Grand Final Winners Awarded $175,000 in Cash and an Unreal Engine 3 License
LAS VEGAS – 2010 D.I.C.E SUMMIT – February 17, 2010 – At a luncheon co-sponsored with Intel at this week’s 2010 D.I.C.E. Summit® (www.dicesummit.org) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Epic Games, Inc. today announced the grand prize winners in its $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest. Designed to help independent and aspiring game developers learn Unreal Engine 3 technology and gain recognition for authoring high-quality game experiences, the competition rewards top modifications, or “mods,” created for “Unreal Tournament 3” with cash and hardware prizes in four preliminary phases and a grand final judging.
The grand prize winning mod team was awarded an Unreal Engine 3 commercial license in addition to a check for $50,000, with runner-up winners receiving $40,000, $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 in cash prizes. Educational category winners also received a total of $25,000 in cash, for a grand total well in excess of $1 million in cash and prizes awarded through all phases of the competition.
“Intel is committed to unleashing game developer innovation,” said Elliot Garbus, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Visual Computing Software Division. “The $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest has delivered some of the most creative and professional Unreal Tournament 3 game mods ever. This contest is just one of the ways that Intel’s Visual Adrenaline developer program has encouraged developers to get the most out of PC game play and there is no better time to experience Unreal Tournament 3 and these creative mods than on Intel’s new 2010 Intel® Core™ processor family”
“We’re beyond impressed with the level of talent we’ve uncovered as a result of our latest Make Something Unreal Contest,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games, Inc. “The mastery of the Unreal Engine 3 tools shown by these teams is fantastic. This year’s winners have created the most ambitious mods we’ve seen to date. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to help these gifted programmers, designers and artists launch their professional careers.”
The grand prize winners in the Best Game Mod category can be viewed at www.makesomethingunreal.com and are recognized as follows:
First Place: The Haunted by Michael Hegemann and The Haunted Team
Prize: $50,000 + commercial license for Unreal Engine 3
Second Place: The Ball by Toltec Studios
Third Place: Angels Fall First: Planetstorm by the AFF: Planetstorm team
Fourth Place: Prometheus by Rachel Cordone and The Prometheus team
Fifth Place: Hazard: The Journey of Life by Alexander Bruce
The grand prize winners in the Educational category are recognized as follows:
First Place: IT University of Copenhagen
(Steam Racers, The Witching Hour, Cubes of Serenity, Chalupa, Takeshi’s Gladiators)
Second Place: Art Institute of California, L.A.
(UT2D Killing Time, vCTF-Boilerplate Team Art Mod, Millagun UT2D, Deadman's Tales)
Third Place: Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia
(Hazard: The Journey of Life, Steel Halo)
Fourth Place: Högskolan i Skövde, Sweden
Many exceptional mods are being ported to the recently released Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides uncompromised access to the same award-winning toolset used by many of the world’s best game developers. UDK games require no additional software for installation, so anyone can easily try them out. Demo versions of Prometheus and The Ball are available now as free UDK downloads at www.udk.com/showcase.
About the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest
In the $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest, aspiring game developers create modifications (“mods”) for the PC version of Unreal Tournament 3 in a range of categories including levels, characters, vehicles, game types, machinima and more. Exceeding $1 million in value, winnings consist of one coveted Unreal Engine 3 commercial license, over $500,000 in cash awards and additional hardware prizes. The $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest is judged in four preliminary phases and a grand final. For more information, visit www.makesomethingunreal.com.
Intel Software provides resources, technologies, products and services developers need to create innovative products and industry-leading software solutions designed to run best on Intel platforms. Intel helps PC gaming developers innovate through its Visual Adrenaline developer program. For more information, visit www.intel.com/software/visualadrenaline.
About “Unreal Tournament 3”
“Unreal Tournament 3” marks the return of the world's premiere first-person shooter to the PC, Xbox 360™ and PLAYSTATION®3. “Unreal Tournament 3” unleashes the full power of Unreal Engine 3, taking graphics, gameplay and challenge to a whole new level. Players engage in intense battles with other human players online, or against Unreal artificial intelligence that sets the industry standard. With the most powerful futuristic weapons and vehicles available, this is FPS action at its best! For more information, visit www.unrealtournament3.com.
About Unreal Engine 3
The award-winning Unreal Engine is known for cutting-edge graphics and its best-of-breed toolset. Unreal Engine 3 maintains those features in addition to multi-core processor support, Xbox 360® and PLAYSTATION®3 optimizations, massive world support, and a highly mature tool pipeline. Unreal Engine 3's consistently evolving toolset is designed to accelerate developers' productivity for PC and console games, visualization applications, training simulations, and linear animated content. Additional information on Unreal Engine can be obtained through the Unreal Technology Web site at www.unrealtechnology.com.
About Epic Games
Epic Games, Inc., based in Cary, NC and established in 1991, develops cutting-edge games and cross-platform game engine technology. The company has created multiple million-selling, award-winning titles in its “Unreal” series, including “Unreal Tournament 3” for PC, PLAYSTATION®3 and Xbox 360®. Epic’s “Gears of War” won over 30 Game of the Year awards, and the sales of "Gears of War" and “Gears of War 2” have eclipsed 11 million units. Epic's Unreal Engine 3 is the three-time consecutive winner of Game Developer magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award, was the 2008 Hall of Fame inductee and won Best Engine again in 2009. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. Additional information about Epic can be obtained through the Epic Games Web site at www.epicgames.com.
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