Stonetrip announces inaugural ShiVa3D awards

SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS, France– December 9th, 2010– Stonetrip, the leading 3D engine studio for games and 3D applications, is to establish a set of awards for games powered by its 3D games engine ShiVa3D. The awards are open for entries from today and trophies will be awarded to the winning games in a ceremony at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco next March.

Licensed ShiVa3D developers are invited to submit games in any of six categories using a dedicated entry form on the Stonetrip website at http://www.stonetrip.com/developer/awards. In addition to these six sections, a seventh award will be given to the best overall game and will be chosen directly by the judging panel.

The awards will go to games published in the last year so entries must have been released between January 1st, 2010 and January 31st 2011. Stonetrip plans to make these awards an annual event with the presentation in March for games released the preceding year. These first awards will take place on Wednesday March 2nd at GDC, with further details to be confirmed nearer the time.

The seven categories are:

    <*>Best gameplay <*>Best graphics <*>Best cross-platform game <*>Best mobile-based game <*>Best browser-based game <*>Best serious game <*>Best Overall game (prize to be chosen directly by the judging panel)

Developers have until January 31st, 2011 to get their entries in to Stonetrip, which with the help of an appointed judges’ panel, will compile a shortlist of finalists from the entries received. Winners will receive a certificate and a bespoke ShiVa3D awards trophy.

“We want to celebrate the creativity, games design and programming skills of our developers,” says Philip Belhassen, CEO of Stonetrip.“We know there are some amazing games being developed using ShiVa3D and this is one way in which we can give them the recognition they deserve. We hope our awards will be a prestigious endorsement of the effort and talent that goes into developing 3D cross-platform games.”

Full details of the awards, how to enter and submission guidelines can be found at http://www.stonetrip.com/developer/awards.

About the ShiVa3D Engine

ShiVa3D is the developers’ tool of choice for easily creating amazing 3D real-time applications and games for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Facebook, iPhone, Android, iPad, Wii and HP webOS. It is a powerful development platform for creators of 3D real-time applications and games and enables creators to quickly bring high-quality content to market. ShiVa3D has a strong support team behind it that is responsive, creative and experienced in game development on all platforms. The company continues to add additional support for new and emerging platforms under a single licence strategy and extends ShiVa3D’s functionality to continually meet the needs of its more than 36,000 licensed developers. A comparison of the different versions of ShiVa3D can be found here: http://www.stonetrip.com/version-comparison.html.

Features

    <*>Create any genre of game in a fraction of the time <*>Cross-platform game engine designed for next-generation game development <*>Delivers all the rendering, animation, special effects and programming features needed to create any game with ease <*>Optimised graphical engine with dynamic lighting and shadows, reflection and skinning <*>Unified authoring tool compiles source generated by the editor into an executable application for all supported platforms <*>Simulate input and user interface on mobile platforms with the Device Input Simulator <*>Integrated industry standard plug-ins extend engine capabilities <*>Built-in path finding <*>Integrated ODE physics engine <*>High-level development using Lua language <*>Games can be coded completely in C++/Cocoa/Objective-C. <*>WYSIWYG Editor <*>Free Engine evaluation and SDK <*>No publishing fees <*>Single licence for all platforms

About Stonetrip

Stonetrip is a leading 3D engine company for games and 3D applications, founded in 2003. Headquartered in Sophia-Antipolis, France, the company designs and supports ShiVa3D, the developers’ tool of choice for easily creating amazing 3D real-time applications and games for Windows, Mac OS, Web, Linux, Facebook, Wii, iPhone, iPad, Palm web OS and Android. The company is focused on delivering a powerful platform for creators through its industry leading technology that continues to make it easier to achieve high quality in less time with the greatest compatibility. Stonetrip continues to add additional platforms to the ShiVa3D platform as it extends its reach to new markets.

Further information

Website: www.stonetrip.com

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Twitter: Twitter.com/stonetrip


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