Unleash The Game Creator in You By Entering Our Holiday Gaming Competition

Prizes totaling $45,000 are up for grabs

 

Can you create an even more enticing interactive game demo than our Jetpack Santa? We bet you can and to help you create it, we are partnering with Goo Technologies for Mozilla and Goo’s Game Creator Challenge.

The Web is open to everyone, so we want to see what happens when the game players become game creators and when game developers can create for the Web across multiple browsers and platforms to target billions of people.

Mozilla has helped pioneer technology that has set the Web up as a serious platform for distributing and developing games. WebGL, Emscripten, asm.js and Web Audio API are just a few of these technologies that now ensure that the Web offers the best and most complete platform for gaming possible.

To showcase these technologies, we’re looking for budding game creators to show us their creative genius. The power of the Web as a gaming platform and robust tools like Goo Create mean that this contest is open to a wide range of people – from those who’ve never created a game before, to people who know how to code a little, to more experienced game creators and JavaScript coders.

To create your games, you will be using the Goo platform consisting of Goo Engine – a 3D JavaScript gaming engine entirely built on WebGL/HTML5 – and Goo Create – a visual editing tool running on top of the engine. For inspiration, check out this video tutorial on how to create an interactive scene in Goo Create.

Pick one of three contest categories that fuels your creativity the best!

  • Best Amateur Interactive Game Scene
  • Best Desktop Game
  • Best Mobile Game

More info on the categories and prizes below.

Judges from Rovio (the company behind Angry Birds), Mozilla (Brendan Eich, CTO and inventor of JavaScript and Vlad Vukicevic, Engineering Director and inventor of WebGL) and Goo Technologies (Rikard Herlitz, CTO) will pick the winners by January 17th.

So what’s stopping you? Take advantage of the holiday downtime to have some FUN! Get started HERE.

Categories and Prizes

  1. Best Amateur Interactive Game Scene – for creative tech enthusiasts and artists

Create a visually stunning interactive game scene in Goo Create using only the built in object primitives*. Check out this example scene of Jetpack Santa made entirely in Goo Create and the built in primitives. This scene is also available to duplicate and build on inside Goo Create. This category is for those with little to no previous experience of game creation.

What the judges are looking for: Creativity when it comes to lighting, audio, landscape creation and character originality.

Prizes for the top 5 contributions:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • 5 year access to Goo Create Pro ($2900 value)

*Primitives are simple 3D shapes (cubes, spheres, and so forth) that can be manipulated and combined together to create characters or other objects in a scene.

2. Best Desktop Game – for creative coders

Create an immersive game level for the desktop browser using Goo Create in combination with Goo Engine JavaScript API.

What the judges are looking for: Originality in visual design, audio and interaction as well as demonstrating technical mastery in open Web technologies and how well the game keeps the player engaged.

Prize:

  • A trip for two people to the GDC Conference in San Francisco, scheduled for March 17 – 21, 2014 or to GamesCom in Cologne, August 13-17 (maximum value $10,000) or $5,000 cash, at the winner’s option.
  • 5 year access to Goo Create Pro ($2900 value)
  • Guest post on the Mozilla Apps blog

3. Best Mobile Game – for Creative Coders

Create an immersive game level for the mobile Web using Goo Create in combination with Goo Engine JavaScript API – extra credit will be awarded for cross-platform games that also work on desktop.

What the judges are looking for: Originality in visual design, audio and interaction as well as demonstrating technical mastery in open Web technologies and how well the game keeps the player engaged. Firefox for Android 26 will be used to judge the entries, running on hardware similar to a Nexus 4. Bonus points will be awarded if the game also runs on Firefox OS.

Prize:

  • A trip for two people to the GDC Conference in San Francisco, scheduled for March 17 – 21, 2014 or to GamesCom in Cologne, August 13-17 (maximum value $10,000), or $5,000 cash, at the winner’s option.
  • 5 year access to Goo Create Pro ($2900 value)
  • Guest post on the Mozilla Apps blog

Here’s how to get started

Sign up for the competition and we’ll send you instructions on how to take it from there. So spark your creative genes now and SIGN UP!

Deadline for entry

Deadline for submitting entries is Tuesday, January 14 at midnight PT. Submit your entry by sending the url of your finished scene or game to mozgoocreate@mozilla.com.

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