What is uDevGames?
The uDevGames contest is iDevGames' unique grass-roots game creation contest, established in 2001 to encourage Macintosh game development, and to recognize the best and most innovative developers in the community.
Past contests have resulted in over 150 games created by independent Mac developers from around the world and have awarded entrants with a total prize pool valued over $100,000. Awarding prizes to developers who participate in uDevGames confirms one of iDevGames' core values that "motivation is the key to turning game coders into game developers".
When is it?
uDevGames 2011 will run from July 1 at 12:01 AM GMT, to Oct 2 at 11:59 PM GMT. Voting will begin soon after the coding period has ended. Winners will be announced on October 14, 2011, giving plenty of time for the entire Mac community to download and vote for everyone's game.
How does it work?
Entrants are given three months to design, create, and polish a game — including all coding, graphics, and sound — which will be subject to a public vote for the “Best Overall Game.” Further awards will be given in the categories of Best Gameplay, Best Graphics, Best Audio, Best Story, Most Original, and Most Polished, which will be decided by a peer vote of all registered uDevGames participants. Prizes are distributed to the developers or teams for the top three entries for Best Overall Game, and in each category.
The source code to all games entered into the uDevGames contest are released back to the community under Open Source licenses. This helps to accomplish iDevGames' mission of educating and expanding the Macintosh game developer community.
Who can enter?
Anyone is more than welcome to enter. It doesn't matter if you're an expert or beginner, Mac or iOS programmer, or even a Windows or Linux programmer, everyone can enter. For an iOS programmer, making a Mac game is a no-brainer as many of the system libraries used on iOS have their exact equivalents on Mac OS X. There's also the great chance to learn how to integrate iOS devices into your Mac game, such as using the iPhone as a gamepad controller for your Mac game. With the popularity of the Mac higher than ever, there's never been a better time to start making Mac games.
Here's why uDevGames has become the Mac gaming event of the year:
- Source code from all entries is released back into the community.
- Fantastic prizes are awarded to motivate developers to do their best.
- Anyone can enter using any development tool that produces double-clickable, native Mac OS X applications.
- The contest produces a wide range of free games for players to enjoy.
- Gamer participation is encouraged through feedback and play testing.