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Epic Awards $1 Million, UE3 License To Top Mod Teams

At DICE, Epic Games announced the winners in its Intel-sponsored "Make Something Unreal" mod contest, giving out more than $1 million in cash and prizes to the teams behind the best Unreal Tournament 3 mods.
At DICE, Epic Games announced the winners in its Intel-sponsored "Make Something Unreal" mod contest, giving out more than $1 million in cash and prizes to the teams behind the best Unreal Tournament 3 mods. A mod titled The Haunted by Michael Hegemann and The Haunted Team took the top prize: $50,000 plus a full UE3 commercial license. Epic awarded $40,000, $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000 in cash prizes to the four runners up. "Intel is committed to unleashing game developer innovation," says Elliot Garbus, VP and general manager of sponsor Intel's Visual Computing Software division. "The $1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest has delivered some of the most creative and professional Unreal Tournament 3 game mods ever." Epic VP Mark Rein says the company is "beyond impressed" with the talent on display in the contest. "The mastery of the Unreal Engine 3 tools shown by these teams is fantastic," he says. "This year’s winners have created the most ambitious mods we’ve seen to date." Adds Rein: "We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to help these gifted programmers, designers and artists launch their professional careers." The grand prize winners are as follows (links included to their mods): First Place: The Haunted by Michael Hegemann and The Haunted Team Prize: $50,000 + commercial license for Unreal Engine 3 Second Place: The Ball by Toltec Studios Prize: $40,000 Third Place: Angels Fall First: Planetstorm by the AFF: Planetstorm team Prize: $30,000 Fourth Place: Prometheus by Rachel Cordone and The Prometheus team Prize: $20,000 Fifth Place: Hazard: The Journey of Life by Alexander Bruce Prize: $10,000 Epic notes that many "exceptional mods" are being ported to its Unreal Development Kit, the free UE3 edition that offers no-cost access to developers and students of all levels interested in using Unreal Engine 3's toolset for non-commercial development. Full details on the contest and its winners, including an educational category, is available at the event's official website.

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