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Java Technology Game Development Contest
Deadline: June 7th, 2004
March 23, 2004,
Volume 73, Issue 4

Get ready game developers, Sun is looking for innovative game applications using JavaTM technology. Winners will be awarded a variety of prizes including a license and deployment license from IGN/GameSpy (valued at $40,000), Athlon 64 PCs from AMD (valued at $7,500) and two Zodiacs from Tapwave (valued at $800).

"Java technology is the juice for game developers to take their exploits to the next level -- blazing graphics and phenomenal effects mean more challenging and exciting games. It means faster time to market, cross-platform portability, fewer bugs to contend with, and the promise to leap into networked games built for Java-technology enabled devices of all sizes," said Chris Melissinos, chief gaming officer for Sun. "We are delivering standard Java technology game APIs that meet the high-performance and cross-platform requirements of today's cutting edge games concurrently on three platforms -- Windows, Linux and OS X -- to reach even more consumers."

Independent video game developers are eligible to compete and showcase their talents by creating a game application using Java technologies, including the open source Java technology game APIs. There is no entry fee and multiple games can be entered in the contest.

Games will be judged on their quality of production, game play and "fun factor" by an independent panel from the gaming industry. Prizes will be awarded at the JavaOneSM 2004 Conference and Exposition in San Francisco, on June 28 through July 3, 2004.

A total of four prizes will be awarded:

Grand Prize

One full GameSpy Deployment License and Toolbox Suite, one Athlon 64 3200+ PC, and a copy of the Java Desktop System

Runner-Up

One Athlon 64 3200+ PC and a copy of the Sun JavaTM Desktop System

Two Honorable Mention

Each Honorable Mention will win a Tapwave Zodiac PDA

A Web page will be dedicated to the winners on java.net to promote their games.

For contest rules and information, go to:

http://community.java.net/games

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