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Kotick announces Activision's half-million dollar indie games competition [update]


[Elisabeth Caren]
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, dressed in a zipper pullover and jeans, announced at DICE that his company will sponsor an independent video game competition. Details were practically nonexistent, and he seemed to make it sound like the idea was a whim he had on the drive from the airport, but there's apparently "up to $500,000" up for grabs.

We're currently following up with Activision and will get out the details out as soon as we know more.

Update: Activision has posted a short announcement document (copied after the break) on its consumer site.

Indie Game Competition:

"Activision announces the 2010 Activision Independent Game Competition!

"This summer, one developer will win funding to make their game development dreams a reality. The official entry form and eligibility requirements will be posted in a few weeks. In the meantime, this is what we'll be looking for in submissions:

  • "A two-page summary of your proposed game. Please include three to five bullet-point elements or goals that you feel define your project (i.e. 'open- world,' 'puzzle-based,' 'flying dragon combat'). Beyond that, you may structure these two pages as you see fit; creativity is encouraged.
  • "A video, no longer than five minutes, explaining and illustrating your game. Footage of your game in motion, character models, animatics -- show your project and its elements however you feel would be most compelling.
  • "The official entry form, which will be posted here soon
  • "A non-disclosure agreement, which will be posted here soon
"So get ready to send us your ideas either on your own or on a team.

"Check back for more information in early March, and good luck!"

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