Best Buy’s Android Game Development Contest in full swing

Supporting developers is a key function of all interested parties insofar as Android is concerned, and even a retail outlet like Best Buy is no exception. We received word today that Best Buy’s Worldwide Android Game Development Contest is now entering its final stages. All you need to do is get your game up and live on Android’s Market by the 24th of January and register with Hooked Media Group at their contest portal.

Now, the contest is simple. All games will be submitted and reviewed. Once that stage is complete, finalists will be invited to a live event in March 2012 hosted at Delores Labs in San Francisco. There, they will demo their game and pitch it to the panel of judges. What’s great is Best Buy did not skimp on the prizes. Looks like rewards include seed funding from Trinity Ventures, wide-scale distribution through Best Buy’s App Discovery Center, and an online advertisement package from VentureBeat, one of the biggest venture capital firms in Silicon Valley. So, fire up your computers and get coding because time’s wasting!

A big thank you to Glenn for bringing this to our attention.

Best Buy’s Worldwide Android Game Development Contest Enters Final Stage

Developer Contest, in Partnership with Hooked Media Group, Trinity Ventures and VentureBeat, Aims to Help Android Game Developers Gain Wide Scale Distribution

San Francisco, CA, January 11, 2012 – Android game developers around the world seeking wider distribution and exposure for their games have two weeks remaining to enter their games in the “Get Discovered” Android development contest sponsored by Best Buy and Hooked Media Group. The contest provides developers a unique chance to win both wide scale distribution through Best Buy’s App Discovery Center and seed funding from Trinity Ventures, a top Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The winner will also receive an online advertisement package from VentureBeat, one of the industry’s most widely-read blogs.

Full details about the “Get Discovered” contest are available at http://www.hookedmediagroup.com/contest

“With hundreds of thousands of apps currently in the Android Marketplace, it can be difficult for game developers to break through the clutter and have their games seen by the public,” said Prita Uppal, CEO of Hooked Media Group. “The ‘Get Discovered’ contest provides a tremendous opportunity for developers to raise exposure through Best Buy’s App Discovery Center and have their games played by new audiences.”

Get Discovered! Contest Details
The Get Discovered! competition is open to all game developers, who will first submit their games by integrating with Hooked Media’s new discovery platform at http://www.hookedmediagroup.com/contest. During the first phase of the competition the platform will track metrics including user rating, play-time and installations based on recommendations. The metrics will be used to determine the finalists. The judges will analyze finalists that graduate from the online competition. The contest will feature two tracks – one for companies that have secured Series A financing and one for companies still seeking Series A financing.

Judging the final competition will be Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product, Google+; Gus Tai, General Partner at Trinity Ventures; Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat; and Margita Labhard, Director of Digital Business Models at Best Buy.

Every game entered into the contest will use Hooked Media Groups’ SDK and be integrated into the recently launched Hooked App, which is available for free in the Android Marketplace. The app is a game recommendation and discovery platform that uses a proprietary algorithm to learn a users’ gaming preferences, game play statistics and social mapping to provide them with personalized game recommendations and advanced search features. The more games a user ranks, the more customized the recommendations will become, thus providing the users with introductions to games that they may have never been exposed to, including those from smaller developers whose games may have not received significant exposure.

Consumers can find the Hooked app in the Android Marketplace or at http://bit.ly/nrkqE0

Contest finalists will receive distribution from Best Buy, increased game downloads and plays, as well as recognition among top leaders in the game industry. Developers can submit their games between until January 24th, 2012.

The Finals Event
The competition culminates in an event in March, 2012 hosted at Dolores Labs, an incubator space in the Mission district of San Francisco. The developers will be given the chance to pitch their games to the audience and judges. There will be a live evaluation of each game by the panelists of judges. The event provides developers with a tremendous opportunity to meet, interact and network with some of the most influential names and companies in game and app development. In addition, the event will be attended by respected VC firms, investors and advisors, providing finalist with another opportunity to help grow their companies and produce the best games possible.

About Best Buy: For information about Best Buy, visit http://www.bestbuy.com or http://pr.bby.com

About Hooked Media: Hooked Media Group is a mobile platform that takes the guessing out of game discovery. Through a unique combination of user preferences, social mapping and game play statistics, Hooked provides players with personalized game recommendations. Developers benefit through increased game plays and exposure, player feedback and key measurement data. Our goal is to intelligently connect mobile players with their favorite games.http://www.hookedmediagroup.com

About Trinity Ventures: Founded in 1986, Trinity Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm dedicated to partnering with passionate entrepreneurs to transform revolutionary ideas into reality. With over $1 billion under management, Trinity Ventures believes in personal engagement, mutual respect and goal alignment with the entrepreneurs. Trinity focuses on early stage and seed technology investments with particular emphasis on social shopping and entertainment, cloud computing, mobility, and internet infrastructure areas. Trinity’s gaming portfolio inclues Trion Worlds, PlayFirst, Greenpatch. KixEye, mSpot and Skyfire. They have also invested in such leading companies as Aruba Networks, 21Vianet, Blue Nile, LoopNet, Photobucket, SciQuest, Starbucks, BeachMint, Infoblox, Trion Worlds and Zulily. http://www.trinityventures.com

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