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January 5, 2012, Riyadh / GameTako ( www.gametako.com), an up and coming distribution and monetization platform for independent Arab game developers, announced today the winning game entries of its “Game Zanga” game development weekend and competition which was held on December 16-17, 2011. Riding on the success of the event, GameTako announced the second Zanga to be held in June 2012.
GameTako awarded the prizes the winning entries based on verdict from a panel of judges in addition to GameTako user voting. The judging panel represented Arab game specialist media outlets: Online Games Shack, Saudi Gamer, True-Gaming, Maxforums, NG4A and Z-pad.net. The panel rated the 15 participating games based on five criteria: Gameplay, originality, theme, graphics and sound.
In addition to the main prizes, GameTako also offered best-in-category prizes as incentives based on individual criteria such as most original game, best graphics, best sound and most humorous game. The company also offered a price for the most helpful person during the Zanga in order to encourage a culture of sharing among Arab game developers. GameTako awarded bonus points to participating teams for writing blog posts about their experiences developing games during the Game Zanga, posting time-lapse videos of their progress, in addition to bonus points for teams that shared their game’s source code with the community.
The total amount of prizes awarded to Game Zanga participants exceeded $15,000. In addition to the cash prizes from GameTako, Game Zanga sponsor, Unity Technologies offered a special prize for the highest rated game made with the Unity game engine. The winning entries for the main prizes are as follows:
· Grand Prize ($5,000): Jame3 Jame3 3D (Team Wizards, Jordan)
· First Prize ($3,000): 3atel ilal 3amal (Gird Games, Jordan)
· Second Prize ($2,000): Raasein Fil 7alal (Ali Mohammed Ali, Egypt)
Third Prize ($1,000): Moving Recipes with Bakeeza Allazeeza (Kharabeesh, Jordan)
· Unity Prize (one perpetual Unity Pro license): Jame3 Jame3 3D (Team Wizards, Jordan)
More details about prize winners can be found in GameTako’s website (Arabic).
“ We would like to express gratitude to everyone who made Game Zanga a success. A big thank you goes to the participating game developers for the genuine effort they put during the 48 hours of the Zanga. We hope that it was a great learning experience for them and we encourage them to continue work on their games beyond the Zanga.” Said Abdullah Hamed, Founder and CEO of GameTako. “ Last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsors, twofour54 Gaming Academy and Unity Technologies for their support.”
Following the success of the event, GameTako plans to hold a second Game Zanga in June 2012. More details will be announced on the Game Zanga website.
GameTako is an Arabic social game portal and game distribution and monetization platform for independent Arab game developers. GameTako empowers developers by offering a publishing and distribution platform for their games, revenue share on ad earnings and an API that turns their games social. With new, exclusive and exciting Arabic games introduced every week; GameTako is quickly becoming the destination of choice for Arab online gamers.
About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, an intuitive and flexible development platform used to make wildly creative and intelligently interactive 3D and 2D content. The "author once, deploy everywhere" capability ensures developers can publish to all of the most popular platforms. Unity Technologies boasts a thriving community of 750,000 registered developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists. Unity Technologies aggressively re-invests in its award-winning 3D development tools and democratization initiatives, such as the Asset Store digital content marketplace and Union game distribution service, in order to remain at the forefront of innovation. Unity Technologies is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Canada, Denmark, Lithuania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Japan and Korea. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com
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