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Opera Launches New Contest for Game Developers to Create and Improve Games

 

Opera Launches New Contest for Game Developers

Game Jam #NoticeMe by GameMaker will distribute $33,000 in cash prizes and immortalize the winners’ games on arcade machines around the world

February 22, 2022, Dundee, Scotland and Oslo, Norway – Opera and the GameMaker studio today announced the Game Jam #NoticeMe contest, which runs from March 4-18 and will feature the winners announced by PewDiePie, YouTube gaming superstar, on his own video platform channel. Developers who accept the challenge will have the chance to win prizes of $33,000 in cash plus the opportunity to have their game on an arcade machine, where the game can be played by people all over the world.

The Game Jam #NoticeMe theme will be revealed on March 4th. From that date, developers will have a period of two weeks to create and perfect their games and will be able to use the free GameMaker Studio 2 software, the main engine behind great indie names in the gaming world, such as Undertale and Hotline Miami. After production of the games is complete, they will be uploaded to Opera’s GXC self-publishing platform, which currently hosts more than 600 free games for users of the Opera GX browser.

“Through Game Jam #NoticeMe, we want to encourage the GameMaker community to upload their games to the GXC platform. The goal is not only to reach the ever-growing Opera GX user base, but also to enable users to have the opportunity to see the work of these developers immortalized in a specially tailored arcade machine” said Russell Kay, GameMaker boss.

With the deadline for entries, the top 10 games will be chosen by judges from Opera GX and GameMaker. After the finalists are selected, their fate will be in the hands of the public, who will vote for their five favorite games. Players will decide which titles will be placed on three arcade machines at video game museums, barcades and universities around the world. The winners will win cash prizes of $24,000.

Additional prizes will also be available in the contest as the Game Jam #NoticeMe will award and honor artists and designers. The ‘Best Cover Image’ category will award $1,000 to each of the two games with the best cover art, plus another $7,000 going into play based on factors to be revealed soon.

The #NoticeMe competition starts on March 4th. Interested parties can register on the website. To stay in the loop and stay up to date with the latest information from Game Jam, developers can follow GameMaker and Opera GX on Twitter.

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About Opera and Opera GX

Opera is a global innovator of the Web. Opera’s browsers, news products and e-commerce solutions are the trusted choice of hundreds of millions of Monthly Active Users (MAUs) around the world. Opera is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange (OPRA). https://opera.com

In 2019, Opera released Opera GX, a browser designed for gamers with features including customization options, sound effects, background music, game-inspired design, as well as CPU, RAM and network bandwidth limiters, which help save browser resources and free up more space on your computer for games.

Opera GX has seen tremendous growth over the past year with a user base of over 10 million highly engaged monthly active players. The Opera GX user base continues to grow at a rapid pace. Opera GX continues to receive high ratings (4.7 out of 5.0). Their Discord server quickly became the most popular in the Science & Tech community which has hundreds of thousands of members. In June 2021, Opera GX was made available on mobile devices as the world’s first mobile browser designed for gamers.

 

Sobre GameMaker Studio 2

GameMaker Studio 2 is the fastest and most user-friendly cross-platform game development technology out there. GameMaker Studio 2 has been completely redesigned with usability and efficiency at its core, allowing game artists and creators to create games from a single codebase. Furthermore, it allows people to publish these games so that users can run the content natively on various platforms, including Android, iOS, HTML5, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, Windows Desktop, OS X, Ubuntu, Windows UWP. The GameMaker family of products is offered by YoYo Games, a wholly owned subsidiary of Opera. GameMaker has been downloaded over 10 million times since 2012. The team behind it is based in Dundee, Scotland.

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