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Epic Games and Wellcome announce $500,000 game dev competition

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Carrie Mok

New competition will encourage new games ideas and game dev in Europe

Epic Games and Wellcome announce $500,000 game dev competition

If $5 million wasn’t enough to hand out as part of its Unreal Dev Grants, Epic Games has launched a new way for devs in Europe to win from a pool of $500,000.

Working in collaboration with Wellcome, the Developing Beyond competition will see hopeful developers submitting new games ideas based on the theme ‘Transformations’.

Here’s what the theme entails:

The Developing Beyond competition seeks games ideas inspired by the theme ‘Transformations’. The submissions should draw inspiration from any aspect of this theme exploring the human condition – whether across moments or generations, microscopic or global, historical, geographic or indeed contemporary. Our bodies and the wider world we live in are constantly changing and with this comes new opportunities, unforeseen journeys and incredible challenges; from the consequences of a global shift towards urban living, to technological innovations revolutionising lives and even bacteria outwitting our best antibiotics.

The objective is to create a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

Six semi-finalists will be announced on 20 February and given $15,000 each to get them started. The next round at Develop:Brighton in July 2017 will see just three teams chosen with $60,000 given out to help with their game development

The winning game will be announced on 24 January 2018, with the winner receiving $150,000, with the second prize being $50,000 and third prize being $30,000.

Chair of the judging panel, Susan Calman said: “Games have always been a passion of mine. They entertain and consume you like nothing else. Getting to look inside developers’ heads for year is an absolute dream; I can’t wait to get started!”

All submissions must be PC based, developed using Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 and inspired by the theme ‘Transformations’.

The deadline for submissions is 10 February 2017. For more information on how to apply, visit the Developing Beyond website.