Get Discovered! Competition Seeks to Find Next Big Android Game

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Hooked Media Contest Gives Developers Chance to Compete for Distribution, Media Recognition and a Seed Funding Proposal. Best Buy, Trinity Ventures and GamesBeat participate.

Hooked Media today announces the launch of a competition for Android game developers that gives them a unique chance to win both wide scale distribution through Best Buy's App Discovery Center and seed funding from Trinity Ventures, a top Silicon Valley venture capital firm. They'll also receive a $5k online advertisement package from Venturebeat, one of the industry's most widely-read blogs.

The competition is open to all game developers, who will first submit their games by integrating with Hooked Media’s new discovery platform at During the first phase of the competition the platform will track metrics including user rating, play-time, and installations based on recommendations. The metrics will be used to determine the finalists. The judges will analyze finalists that graduate from the online competition.

Judging the final competition will be Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product, Google+; Gus Tai, General Partner at Trinity Ventures; Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat; and Margita Labhard, Director of Digital Business Models at Best Buy.

By integrating into the platform, developers will be able to increase game plays and gamers will easily find new games based on their actual gaming preferences rather than by scouring the marketplace, producing positive benefits for all participating parties. The “Hooked” app is free and can be downloaded in the Android marketplace.

Semi-finalists will receive distribution from Best Buy, increased game downloads and plays as well as recognition among top leaders in the game industry. The aim of the competition is to give developers an opportunity to get discovered among the 200,000+ games currently on Android. Developers can submit their games between November 21st, 2011 – January 24th, 2012. Interested parties can obtain more information at The competition culminates in an event in March, 2012.

Finalists will be featured at an event hosted at Dolores Labs, an incubator space in the Mission district of San Francisco. The developers will be given the chance to pitch their games to the audience and judges. There will be a live evaluation of each game by the panelists of judges. The winner will be announced at the event.

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About Hooked Media: Hooked Media Group is a mobile platform that takes the guessing out of game discovery. Through a unique combination of user preferences, social mapping and game play statistics, Hooked provides players with personalized game recommendations. Developers benefit through increased game plays and exposure, player feedback and key measurement data. Our goal is to intelligently connect mobile players with their favorite games.

About Trinity Ventures: Founded in 1986, Trinity Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to partnering with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures believes in personal engagement, mutual respect and goal alignment with the entrepreneurs. Trinity focuses on early stage and seed technology investments with particular emphasis on social shopping and entertainment, cloud computing, mobility, and internet infrastructure areas. Trinity’s gaming portfolio inclues Trion Worlds, PlayFirst, Greenpatch. KixEye, mSpot and Skyfire. They have also invested in such leading companies as Aruba Networks, 21Vianet, Blue Nile, LoopNet, Photobucket, SciQuest, Starbucks, BeachMint, Infoblox, Trion Worlds and Zulily.
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