iDevGames, a Macintosh game developer website, has announced the first “OMG Cup,” sponsored by Freeverse Software. Open to any and all game developers, the contest seeks to identify the best 'original Mac games' for Apple's hardware platform.
All qualifying entrants will receive a free game, and the top three finalists will be awarded cash prizes. The first place winner will also receive an option to turn their winning entry into a finished product—either as a shareware or retail product.
Any game that has not been released publicly prior to the official start of the OMG Cup contest, runs natively on Mac OS X, and that does not exceed 20MiB after compression, may be entered before the entry deadline on November 28, 2005. Entries will be initially voted on by the public from December 1, 2005 to December 8, 2005. The top six games will be evaluated by a nominating committee with the three winners announced on December 12, 2005. More information is available at the official OMG Cup website
"This is an amazing opportunity for any Mac developer," commented Carlos Camacho, Editor-in-Chief of iDevGames. "It is difficult for both independent and small developers to break into the world of high profile casual game development. We have pulled together an amazing sponsor, Freeverse Software, to make this dream accessible for any developer. Building on the success of our annual uDevGames contest, we see this as a crucial evolutionary step in our grass-root effort to energize gaming on the Mac platform."