Imagine Cup Adds Game Development Category

Imagine Cup, Microsoft’s technology competition for students age 16 and up, has recently announced a new category in game development using the XNA game engine for 2008.
Microsoft has announced details of its Imagine Cup competition, now in its fifth year, wherein young people use their imagination, passion, and creativity to come up with technological innovations to better the world. This year’s event asks competitors to “imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.” Young programmers, artists, and technologists around the world are invited to submit their valuable, real-world solutions. Additionally, the associated Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge will represent the first time a game development category has been available during the Imagine Cup. The challenge will test students’ creative and technical skills as they create a game that’s not only entertaining but also has a social message about global warming. Utilizing Microsoft’s new XNA Game Studio Express, competing students will have the chance to gain international exposure for their games. Cash prizes are on the table, but the winners will also have an opportunity to come to Microsoft and present their entries to the Microsoft games management team for possible inclusion as a downloadable title from Xbox Live Arcade or MSN Games. The first-place team or individual will also win the opportunity to become an apprentice at Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. For more information, visit the Imagine Cup web site.

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