Gendai Games and Macworld 2010 have teamed-up to host a game development competition from December 21, 2009 through January 25, 2010. Anyone can enter the Macworld 2010 GameSalad Challenge, with the only stipulation being that the game must be created using GameSalad Creator for Mac. Gendai Games are the makers of the GameSalad tools, which they claim is "the world's most advanced game development tool for non-programmers." GameSalad.com is aimed at providing these high-level tools for the creation and distribution of games, and has various community features for user support and collaboration. Two games created using the GameSalad tools, Z is for Zombie & V is for Vortex, were recently featured by Apple in the New & Noteworthy and What We're Playing sections of the App Store.
Macworld 2010 itself is part of the IDG World Expo family of trade shows, which includes E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo). The five day festival of all things Mac will be held from February 9 – 13 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The top 5 finalists will be featured at the event, and a winner will be announced on February 10. The official rules and prizes are as follows:
Games will be judged on overall fun, quality and creativity. The games will be available to play for free on gamesalad.com/macworld. Finalists will be announced January 29, 2010, and the Grand Prize Winner will be decided by 50% vote of the judges and 50% of the audience participation from Twitter. All Finalists will receive a Macworld 2010 Platinum Pass, a $1600 value, and have their game showcased during the awards presentation at Macworld. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the show floor during a live awards presentation on February 10, 2010, by judges from the Mac and gaming communities: Jason Citron, Founder and CEO of Aurora Feint, and Michael Agustin, Founder and CEO of Gendai Games. During the awards presentation, the judges will demonstrate the games and offer their insights. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Platinum Pass to Macworld 2010, a GameSalad Pro Membership and an iPod Touch - all totaling a $3800 value.