Here’s a guest post from Lou Gazzola with an update on the Got Game Port-A-Thon – Ed.
I was absolutely moved at the end of the 36 hour event when things went quiet and I saw the constant stream of “#BB10Believe” and “I Believe” in the chat window. I just spent 36 hours with an incredible group of people from around the globe. Together we chatted, coded, solved problems and created game apps for BlackBerry® 10. We also had a few laughs!
The number of people that submitted more than five and 10 apps was staggering! As per the Program Terms and Conditions, the first ten qualified participants to submit 10 approved apps will receive a trip to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and the first one hundred qualified participants to submit between five and 10 apps will receive a BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing device. I was so astounded by the positive response and the number of apps we received, that I went back my team and suggested we do something for the rest of the developers that submitted the required number of apps but were not one of the first 100 or 10 qualifiers for a reward in their category.
As a result, we decided to give away ten additional trips and twenty additional BlackBerry Dev Alpha test devices! On Dec 16, we will conduct a draw to give away ten more trips to the Game Developers Conference and twenty BlackBerry Dev Alpha testing devices. The draw for the trips will be open to all those developers who submitted 10 or more approved apps during the BlackBerry Got Game Port-A-Thon Program Period and who have not already qualified for the trip. The draw for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha testing devices will be open to all those developers who submitted five or more but less than 10 approved apps during the BlackBerry Got Game Port-A-Thon Program Period and who have not already qualified for the BlackBerry Dev Alpha testing device.
By the end of this week, we will send all eligible developers an email outlining the delivery details of your reward.. We anticipate that qualified vendors will receive their rewards in two to four weeks once we have confirmation that all the apps have been approved.
Here are more details which really impressed me! There were 645 developers that participated in the live event and 520 developers that are eligible for rewards. Over 2,000 apps were created for the BlackBerry 10 OS.
Thank you once again to all that participated in the event!