LOS ANGELES - April 12, 2012 - Atari today reminded mobile developers that the deadline to submit an entry to the Pong® Indie Developer Challenge is this Sunday, April 15, 2012. Submissions will be accepted up until 11:59PM EST on Sunday, after which up to 20 semi-finalists will be selected and announced on April 24, 2012. Developers looking to submit their entry should visit: http://atari.com/pong-indie-developer-challenge-entry-form.
All semi-finalists will then begin work on a playable demo and receive support on the production of a video trailer. Trailers will be featured across Atari’s various properties that reach millions of fans and receive publicity support from other third party outlets. A celebrity judging panel consisting of Nolan Bushnell, Dave Castelnuovo, David Whatley and Mick Schramm will then identify up to 10 finalists, who will all be featured on Atari's Developer Spotlight where Atari fans can see each developer’s profile and contest submission. The finalists, announced June 19, 2012, will be awarded three-year rev-share publishing agreements and cash prizes based on their final ranking: $50,000 to first place, $37,500 to second, $15,000 to third, and $5,000 each to the remaining finalists.
Upcoming dates to note for the Pong Indie Developer Challenge include:
• April 24: Semi-Finalists Announcement
• May 29: Semi-Finalists Demo and Video Submission
• June 19: Finalists Announcement
• July 6: Completed Finalists’ Mobile App Submission
• August 2: Winner Announcement
For full details regarding the contest and rules, including how to submit, eligibility, timing of submissions and prizes, please visit: www.atari.com/pongdeveloperchallenge.
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