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RIM has cash and hardware for would-be game developers

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RIM has cash and hardware for would-be game developers
The BlackBerry maker has another developer initiative underway, this one pointed at game developers. “The BlackBerry Got Game Port-a-Thon” will begin on November 16th and is a 36-hour event focused on getting games ready for BlackBerry 10. It is a virtual event, so participation is relatively simple. If you are a developer, all you need to do is register and log-in.

Bring your existing games, or you can build new gaming apps, and RIM will have experts available throughout the event to assist in getting your games ready for BlackBerry 10. RIM is really pulling out all the stops they can find to get people on board, and with The BlackBerry Got Game Port-a-Thon, the company has plenty of incentives to get involved.  "The more you port and build, the more you get," and to that end, check out these incentives:

  • If you get one or two gaming apps ported and approved, you will get $100 per app
  • If you get between two and five gaming apps approved, you will get $100 per app and a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
  • If you are on a roll and get five to ten gaming apps approved, you will get $100 per app, a PlayBook and a Dev Alpha device (first 100 qualified participants only)
  • If you turn out to be rock star, get more than ten gaming apps approved, you will get $100 per app, a PlayBook, a Dev Alpha device (first 10 qualified participants only) plus a ticket to Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, March 25-29, 2013.

Naturally, you will want to make sure you are ready before the Port-a-Thon begins, register for BlackBerry App World, request signature keys, load your BlackBerry tools, and have your images and icons ready. For details and the fine print, see the source link below.

Once you are ready though, you can expect one-on-one support if you need it while you are porting your game. RIM will also have some additional resources available such as accomplished developers on-hand and presentations that can give you tips and ideas to help with your app.

So, if you are a developer, or know a developer, this information may come in useful. RIM is certainly doing everything it can to ensure that BlackBerry 10 has the goods when it finally launches and it is clear that the company recognizes that app developers are significant part of that path to success.

source: BlackBerry Developer Blog

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posted on 11 Nov 2012, 19:32 1

1. JcHnd (Posts: 188; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

It's a cool initiative and all, but burning money is how they wan't to keep in business? way to go bb!

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 21:59 1

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 5019; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Gotta spend money to make money. If it isn't being poured into advertising then this may be money well spent. There will always be room for another platform or ecosystem. I don't know about you, but I like choices.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:16

13. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Its called buying a healthy eco system for their apps and games.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 19:42 1

2. wendygarett (unregistered)

Wow that's a lot of cash to burn...

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 19:49 8

3. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

This is a great idea people will get cash for creating apps and at the same time get to know blackberry devs.......Great way to get people over to blackberry and create excitement :) Good job RIM

And God bless you and your company

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 00:14

10. rimisrip2 (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)

This is the worst idea.

The talented developer will still develop for android and iOS first (or only for android and iOS) because the market were there.

The one who submit into RIM is the one that were only want for the device, so expect an apps that you will uninstall after 10-minute up to 30-minute apps.

and RIM still die anyway.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 13:17

14. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

The guidelines does say the app has to be approved. If its a really terrible App, Im sure RIM would axe the submission.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 20:23 6

4. xtroid2k (Posts: 534; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

RIM has to do whatever it can. They are making great moves. JcHnd RIM is the company and bb is the product. RIM has made very smart moves since the new CEO joined. From getting a non BlackBerry device, getting rid of a corporate jet and now this. Just remember that sometimes you need money to make money. What else does RIM have to lose besides itself. Go for it RIM.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 20:36 3

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

thats right man! take money to make money and this move is a good one no doubt.... :)

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 20:56 1

6. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

At least they are giving the company away to developers instead of creditors.

posted on 11 Nov 2012, 21:01 3

7. p0rkguy (Posts: 685; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)

You guys are confused. They're not burning money.
They have to get approved first...

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 00:15

11. rimisrip2 (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)

RIM will approve 99% of the apps for the bragging right of saying "WE HAVE 10,000 APPS"

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 00:12

9. rimisrip2 (banned) (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Nov 2012)

This is just a proof that RIM is RIP
giving away US$ 100 for 1 apps is making RIP (I mean RIM) got what it deserve, a 1000 fart apps.

RIM better sell the company apart, and return the money to the investor before all the money/value of RIM gone.

posted on 12 Nov 2012, 18:17

15. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

really looking forward to this!! i love the playbook! is serves me best!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 07:59

16. Valdomero (Posts: 289; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Hope this comes out well to them, BB was a very nice OS until they couldn't keep up with the competition.

RIM, be aware this is your last chance.

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