Five teams instead of stipulated three have come out as winners in the Game Jam, a 36-hour hackathon, as organisers were unable to decide on top three due to quantity of high-quality games developed during the event, said a news release.
Grameenphone and White-Board in association with the ICT Division of Bangladesh government organised the event at the GP House in Dhaka that ended on Sunday.
In addition to Tk 50 lakh launch booster, the winning teams will get Tk 3 lakh from Grameenphone.
The Game Jam was organised with the aim of crowd sourcing, developing, and launching the next big mobile game for, by, and in Bangladesh.
Participating teams were tested in a highly competitive environment by an expert panel of judges.
The winning teams are Team Reboot with their action game ‘Infected’, Team Bhutum Pecha with their cricket game ‘Goli Cricket’, Team Shadowlit with their traditional Nakshi kantha art styled game ‘Nokshi’, Team Triforce with their puzzle game ‘Shobdo’, and Team Unequal Soldiers with their sketching/racing game ‘Sketch Journey’. The games developed by them will be made market-ready by July of this year, and will be launched through Grameenphone.
GP chief executive officer Petter Furberg, CMO Yasir Azman and Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology professor Mohammad Kaykobad, also fellow of Bangladesh Academy of Sciences, were present at the event. The call for application for Game Jam started on March 23 and was closed on April 13. Twenty-five game development teams participated in the 36-hour session or ‘Jam’, where they competed against each other on assigned tasks.
The five winners will receive comprehensive support from GP to present themselves on a global platform. The ICT Division will provide necessary resources to nurture and mentor the applicants to build their game.
Other partners of the initiative are Mlab (strategic alliance), Samsung (resource support), Opera (industry partner), WowBox (digital support) and Appnometry (community engagement).
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