GP32/2X Distribution Ltd and Gamepark Holdings announced that the companies are looking to aspiring game developers to develop a game or application that will run on the GP2X, a Linux-based handheld gaming and entertainment console.
Programmers will be asked to email their entry
in ready-for-run compiled files by September 30, 2006. All submissions will be judged by a panel of individuals from the gaming industry, including Duncan Harris of Edge. Each entrant will be judged according to its use of innovation, creativity, marketability and usability.
The company is offering $5,000 for the winning entrant, $3,000 second prize, two third place prizes of $500 and for five runners up a premium GP2X pack which includes a GP2X console, case, TV-out adapter and PSU.
The GP2X is the successor to the GP32 console. It packs two powerful 240MHz processors, 64MB of RAM and 64MB of NAND memory. The GP2X also incorporates a 720x480 3.5 inch LCD screen. Because the GP2X runs open source software anyone can write applications and programs that will work on the device.
In addition, GP2X developer kits are available for free with every GP2X unit sold or for download
“What's so great about the GP2X is that unlike other consoles, if you have a great idea for a new game or application you can simply go away, code it and publish it on the web with minimum fuss,” explained Craig Rothwell, Director, GP32/2x Distribution Ltd.