Flash gaming startups looking for a little extra cash from their next title should keep their sights on Epic Game Ads’ first-ever Epic Flash Game Contest, which is giving out more than $150,000 in cash to the most promising multiplayer flash titles. The contest is currently open to flash developers with any level of experience, offering the top spot a grand prize of $30,000.
The new contest was announced by Epic Game Ads following their recent partnership with flash game hosting site WhipFlash. According to the contest rules, entries are restricted to minimum four player multiplayer titles created with the Player.IO platform, and must somehow incorporate micro transactions into the gameplay framework. On top of the cash prizes ranging from $30 to $5k, developers will receive a lifetime 50 percent net revenue of game sales of their title.
Once all entries have been submitted, an army of beta testers will play and rate each game prior to heading to the final judging panel. Contest judges include Tom Fulp, CEO of online flash creation community Newgrounds, and Anthony Pecorella of Kongregate, a free flash gaming service.
While Epic Game Ads will take on the distribution rights to the winning flash titles, the developer will retain ownership of their code, concept, and intellectual property to release independent sequels down the road. Top winners will be featured on both the front pages of Newgrounds and Kongregate, and interviewed by Adobe in a feature for the 2013 Game Developer’s Conference.
There’s still plenty of time for interested flash developers to take part in the contest, as the deadline doesn’t hit until February of next year and the submission website has not yet been opened. Developers can begin working on their Player.IO accounts by registering on the official contest website and unlock a premium account free of charge.
With $150,000 on the table and no experience or monetary requirement for entry, spending a few weeks tinkering about with a new game might not be a terrible investment. It looks like it’s time to spend the next six months figuring out how to crush those Angry Birds.