RIM has cash and hardware for would-be game developers

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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15 Comments

1. JcHnd

Posts: 244; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

13. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

2. wendygarett unregistered

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

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

10. rimisrip2

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 11, 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.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

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

4. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

5. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

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

6. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

7. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

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

11. rimisrip2

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

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

9. rimisrip2

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 11, 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.

15. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

16. Valdomero

Posts: 592; Member since: Nov 13, 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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