RIM is hard at work on Blackberry 10 and they continue to focus heavily on making sure there is plenty of software available at launch. Now they are targeting game developers with the newest promotion.
The BlackBerry Got Game Port-a-Thon starting on November 16th is a 36-hour event dedicated to helping you get your gaming apps launched for BlackBerry 10. Since it’s a virtual event, participating is simple and hassle-free. You just register and log in from the comfort of your own space. You bring your existing gaming apps or build new gaming apps for BlackBerry 10, and we’ll have experts on hand around the clock to help you get your gaming apps up and running on BlackBerry 10.
So, why would you want to? Well of course other than supporting an additional target, there are additional incentives:
Getting your apps into the BlackBerry App World storefront before BlackBerry 10 launches means that you can be among the first to benefit from the universe of app-hungry customers out there. You’ll also get rewards for porting and building.
- Get one or two gaming apps approved – $100 per eligible app.
- Get between two and five gaming apps approved – $100 per eligible App and one (1) BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet
- Get between five and ten gaming apps approved – $100 per eligible App + one (1) BlackBerry PlayBook tablet + FOR THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED (100) QUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS ONLY one (1) Dev Alpha Device
- Get more than 10 gaming apps approved – $100 per app + one (1) BlackBerry PlayBook tablet + FOR THE FIRST TEN (10) QUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS ONLY one (1) Dev Alpha Device + trip to Game Developers Conference in San Francisco March 25-29, 2013
So, port 10 apps over you get 1,000$ a Playbook and a dev Alpha device. Of course, if you were looking to port your game to Blackberry OS 10, having the resources available on demand could prove invaluable.
I have a Playbook myself and have long since intended to look into game development on this device. I really want to see RIM bounce back this generation for a number of reasons. First, they are really moving in the right direction from a developer perspective with good developer tools ( WebWorks and QNX ), sponsoring projects like the Gameplay SDK, the next generation of software and hardware seems to be really good and finally, they are in my own back yard, I live probably 45 minutes away from their world headquarters. Oh, and I own RIM stock, so I suppose I should mention that. Then again, indirectly pretty much every Canadian owns RIM stock.
So… go RIM.