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Vodafone announces winners of Java Games Challenge 2003
Posted on 21-Jan-2004 07:30 | Tags Filed under: News

Vodafone announces winners of Java Games Challenge 2003
The Java midlets for mobile phones are available for more than games, with some (very few) commercial applications available. But mobile operators invest much of the marketing on mobile gaming. For instance, Vodafone announced the winners of its Java Games Challenge 2003. The competition, launched at Sun Microsystem's Java developer conference, JavaOne, is part of Vodafone's ongoing initiative to reach out to the Java community to find high innovative games for Vodafone live!. More than 15,000 members of the developer community were present at the conference held in June 2003.

The three successful participants, who will each receive a Sharp GX20, the latest Vodafone live! handset, and have the opportunity to secure a commercial contract with Vodafone enabling them to see their game reach Vodafone live! subscribers in up to five countries throughout Europe, were:

  • "Skidlock Racer!" - developed by Spectrum Wired. "Skidlock Racer!" is a top-down racing game. The aim of the game is to race at high speed and skidding and sliding as much as you can whilst staying on track to win the race.

  • "The Office" - developed by Vaka. In "The Office" the player is forced to undertake all the worst jobs in the office on behalf of his boss. If these tasks are performed well the office darling will reward the player with a kiss.

  • "Trails of Terror - Mutiny" - developed by Universomo. In this game the player searches for his lost daughter on an alien planet whilst fighting the alien invaders, driving futuristic vehicles and hacking consoles.

    Applications were submitted in J2ME format and were evaluated by Vodafone Global Product and Content Services based upon their appeal, quality, usability, commercial potential and ease of deployment.

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