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NYS Game Dev Challenge and Kickoff Event

The NYS Game Dev Challenge is a statewide competition for both students and indie developers with the goal of bringing your game ideas to production. Entrants can register as either a student or indie developer (solo or team), with the latter category being open to any interested developer in NYS.

The challenge will run from January 1-March 1 when submissions close. We are opening the challenge “early” in advance of our formal kickoff event to give student developers in particular the opportunity to work over their break). You will be able to submit your project beginning February 12. Challenge winners will be announced at a ceremony at Rochester’s The Strong National Museum of Play on April 12 at 11:00AM.

Winners will be awarded cash/funding for their game (drawn from a pool of $25,000 for each category), inclusion in our (or partner’s) on-site incubator, and access to our mentor network.

The challenge website http://magic.rit.edu/nysgamechallenge includes: challenge criteria, submission requirements, prizes, deadlines and more. If you have additional questions, please contact Rob Mostyn, RIT Digital Game Hub Coordinator at rob@magic.rit.edu

We will “formally” kick off the challenge with an event at RIT on January 19 at 4PM featuring video game industry professionals Simon Ebejer and Mitchell Bukowski of the New York-based studio Vicarious Visions.

This event will be streamed and captioned in real-time. It is available via browser at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rit-events. A Ustream app is available for both Android and iOS mobile devices; after downloading, search “RIT Events” to find the stream.

Parking & Directions:Enter campus at the main entrance off of Jefferson Rd or via East River Rd. The building is Student Innovation Hall (SIH on the map) and the parking lot is Lot S. Walk towards the buildings and walk through the Global Village Quad. You will see a round, glass shaped building with vertical MAGIC Center banners. Walk up the stairs, through the door and take your immediate (2 more steps) right through another glass door. http://maps.rit.edu/

19jan4:00 pm5:00 pmNYS Game Dev Challenge and Kickoff Event Event Organized By: Rochester Institute of Technology Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC)