Ryan at MobileMammoth just sent me a link to a contest they launched. The contest is quite simple, provide your favorite top 5 sites, the best list of sites will get 100 USD. It’s not a fortune but I like the idea of sharing the best sites, so let’s post them!
Submit Mobile Websites and Win $100 Cash
Also, I suggest to the visit the homepage because they provide links and comments of mobile sites regularly.
Back in September I posted an article about actionscript’s mobile gaming contest.
The contest is now over, 65 games were submitted to the commission and the winners list is available: Mobile Game Contests 2006 – Winners.
Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants.
Samsung has launched a new contest for the development of the best Java/J2ME game for the new D900.
Prizes are actually very interesting, with a Grand prize of 20,000 USD.
You are required to subscribe to Sharewire, upload your game and then the final winner will be calculated summing the number of downloads and the votes casted by a number of “selected experts” evaluating innovation, fun, usability, graphics and sound quality.
Considering the high prize it is certainly interesting for new and young developers.
This is also a demonstration of how hard it can be for a developer or a small company to reach large audiences. Appearing in a big site or in an operator’s portal is not easy and often the top listed games are developed and distributed by large firms. Smaller companies generally don’t get the same visibility.
Not very different from the music and movie industries where big names are always highly visible and the less famous, but maybe as good (or better), are relegated in the back of shops or rarely aired by radios.
On one side I’m glad this could give a boost to someone and maybe provide some fresh money, on the other side it’s disappointing to think they have to give away a fresh and good idea (a game in this case) for free. This is a tough topic, I could write for hours and no one would reach the end of the post, so I won’t go down to the details of my thinking, but I’m sure I’m not alone. Internet gives you the possibility to reach anyone anywhere, but what you really need is a high position on a big site or on a search engine, otherwise it’s so crowded that nobody will see you.
My friends at actionscript.it have just launched a new contest to develop mobile games.
This is the second edition and the first provided a number of nice new games. This year both flashlite and J2ME are allowed, so go on, show us something innovative!