Imagine Cup 2008 – Now includes a Game Development Category

The Imagine Cup is back on again, and for the first time the Competition includes a Game Development Category.

“Game Development

As video games are becoming a major part of mainstream entertainment the opportunity to do something socially responsible with the medium has arrived.  This year’s “Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge” will represent the first time a game development category has been available during the Imagine Cup.  This year’s challenge will be the ultimate test of a student’s creative and technical skills as they create a game that is not only entertaining but has a social message about creating a sustainable environment.  Utilizing Microsoft’s ground breaking new XNA Game Studio Express, competing students from around the world will have the chance to gain international exposure for their games.  Not only will cash prizes be awarded, these winners will then have an opportunity to come to Microsoft and present their entry to the Microsoft games management team for possible inclusion as a download in the popular Xbox LIVE Arcade service or MSN Games Web site. The first place team, or individual, will also win the opportunity to become an apprentice at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business as part of its internship program. We’re announcing the winner next spring 2008 at the worldwide finals in Paris, France. Game Development is a game contest briefed by Games for Change and XNA Technology team.”

For more information on the Imagine Cup, please visit the Website. Just in case you do not know what the Imagine Cup is here is a brief snippit from the main website.

“The Imagine Cup is one way Microsoft is encouraging young people to apply their imagination, their passion and their creativity to technology innovations that can make a difference in the world – today. Now in its sixth year, the Imagine Cup has grown to be a truly global competition focused on finding solutions to real world issues.”


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