Just found out about a pretty cool “prize” for an event that is happening this weekend known as the Global Game Jam. The goal of the even is to come together and develop a game from beginning to end within 48 hours. There are sites for the game jam all over the world.
What’s really cool is that you can pick up a valuable membership for an iOS game dev tool free — as one of the sponsors of the event is GameSalad — a popular iOS and Mac drag’n’drop game creator (mentioned on our commercial iPhone and iPad game engine page). The deal is if you make a game this weekend using GameSalad then every member of your team will get a $499 Pro membership to GameSalad.
While GameSalad allows you to publish to iOS free of charge now (assuming you have an Apple Developer account) the pro membership allows you to do do some nifty and valuable things like place iAds, and promotional links in your games. So if you can get a team together you can get this popular game dev tool free.
More info can be found on the GameSalad blog here:
Global Game Jam 2011: Submit with GameSalad, Get a Pro Membership
You can find out more about the Global Game Jam on their webpage here. They’ve got locations all over the place, many locations look like they’re free to go to too.
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