Sun Unveils Java Technology Game Development Contest

3/25/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (SUNW), the creator and leading advocate of Java technology, announced the launch of its Java Technology Game Development contest. Game developers will be able to showcase their talent by building a game application using Java technologies including the open source Java technology game APIs. Prizes will be awarded at the JavaOne(tm) 2004 Conference and Exposition. Prizes to be awarded include a license and deployment license from IGN/GameSpy with an approximate retail value of $40,000, Athlon 64 PCs from AMD with an approximate retail value of $7,500, and two Zodiacs from Tapwave with an approximate retail value of $800.

"Java technology is the juice for game developers to take their exploits to the next level -- blazing graphics and phenomenal effects mean more challenging and exciting games. It means faster time to market, cross-platform portability, fewer bugs to contend with, and the promise to leap into networked games built for Java-technology enabled devices of all sizes," said Chris Melissinos, chief gaming officer for Sun Microsystems. "We are delivering standard Java technology game APIs that meet the high-performance and cross-platform requirements of today's cutting edge games concurrently on three platforms -- Windows, Linux and OS X -- to reach even more consumers."

The 2004 Java Technology Game Development Contest is open to independent video game developers utilizing Java technologies. Winning games will be chosen based on the quality of production, game play and "fun factor" and announced during a keynote at the JavaOne(sm) 2004 Conference and Exposition being held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California on June 28 through July 3, 2004. Winners need not be present to win.

The Winners and Honorable Mentions will be highlighted on a dedicated Webpage on to promote the winners' games for three months after the contest. Judging will be done by an independent panel including leaders in the game industry such as AMD, IGN/GameSpy and Tapwave. The contest end date is June 7th, 2004. All games will be submitted under the rules set up at More information on entering and the official rules are available at:

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The 2004 Java Technology Game Development Contest is open to US residents, 18 years and over who are independent video game developers (as defined in the rules). Announced value of prizes is $50,000. Void where prohibited. Game begins 3/22/04 and ends June 7, 2004. Winners are required to attend the JavaOne conference and assign all rights in the game design to Sun. Sponsored by Sun Microsystems, Inc. See Official Rules at:

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