Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 10, 2010
Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) member company, Gendai Games, the makers of GameSalad, an authoring tool created to support amateur and professional game development, has enlisted judges from the Mac and gaming communities to select five finalists for the Macworld 2010 GameSalad Challenge. For the past five weeks, participants have submitted their GameSalad-created games in the GameSalad Challenge.
Macworld 2010 GameSalad Challenge Finalists:
BORK’S ADVENTURE by Elie Hang, Justin Knapich, and Ben Knapp.
THE CAT RIDES THE ASTROBUS by Drew Daycross and Jamie Potter.
KILL THE KING by Eastbound Studios.
STUNT SQUIRRELS by Fire Maple Games.
TRAFFIC NINJA by Steve Hoffman.
The games were reviewed by judges: Michael Agustin (Gendai Games), Jason Citron (Aurora Feint), Omaha Sternberg (iGame Radio), Zachary Waibel (Tricky Software), and Sean Vanaman (Telltale Games). Kill The King, Stunt Squirrels and Traffic Ninja can already be found on the iPhone App Store. All five finalists’ games are now at http://www.gamesalad.com/macworld.
“I was really impressed at the diversity present in the submissions for the GameSalad Challenge,” said judge Omaha Sternberg, producer of the iGame Radio Podcast. “There were some real creative ideas in game design, art, and sound. There are budding game developers growing in the GameSalad community.”
The team behind GameSalad will be exhibiting at Macworld Expo this week in San Francisco. Attendees can stop by the GameSalad Bar at booth #1478 to play the finalists’ games, attend various training sessions on the GameSalad tool, learn additional tips and tricks, and participate in a daily mini-game jam on the show floor where the winner receives a GameSalad Express Membership as a prize. The winner of the Macworld 2010 GameSalad Challenge will be announced during an award ceremony at the GameSalad booth on Saturday, February 13th. For a full list of GameSalad events at the Macworld Expo, please visit http://www.macworldexpo.com/ gamesalad.
“ATI is privileged to advise Gendai Games, which is rapidly building a disruptive force in the game development industry,” said Bart Bohn, Director of the IT and Wireless Incubators at ATI. “GameSalad is enabling tens of thousands of previously excluded game developers to thrive in a historically highly controlled gaming industry. The partnership with Macworld and resulting success of the GameSalad Challenge announces Gendai Games as a compelling new industry player and ATI looks forward to continuing our strategic relationship.”
About Austin Technology Incubator:
The Austin Technology Incubator is a nonprofit unit of The University of Texas at Austin that harnesses business, government and academic resources to provide strategic counsel, operational guidance and infrastructure support to its member companies to help them transition from early stage ventures to successful technology businesses. Since its founding in 1989, ATI has worked with over 200 companies, helping them raise close to $750 million in investor capital. ATI is a key program of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. For more information, visit http://www.ati.utexas.edu.
GameSalad (http://www.gamesalad.com) is a visual, drag-and-drop tool for creating and publishing games and interactive media to multiple platforms and for sharing them over social networks, such as Facebook or Twitter. GameSalad redefines the entire process for building games and makes game creation accessible to the 99% of people who are non-programmers. GameSalad is the fastest-growing game creation platform for the iPhone. With the new Mac desktop publishing service, users of GameSalad can now expand their reach to the more than 75 million devices running Mac OS X.
About Gendai Games, Inc.:
Gendai Games (http://www.gendaigames.com) develops game creation technologies enabled by the social web. Gendai Games’ technologies provide powerful tools and processes ideal for the creation of sophisticated games and interactive media. The company pairs unique technology with social media to bring game creators and players together. Gendai Games is passionate about building great user experiences that are accessible to everyone.