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New Windows 8 game competition

by Ashley | 4th, December 2012

Scirra are excited to announce a new competition! If you've been toying with the idea of publishing a Windows 8 game app with Construct 2, then wait no longer – in partnership with Microsoft, we are offering you some cool prizes for publishing your games in time for the Christmas holiday rush.

Create a game or port an existing one with Construct 2 and then successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by December 21st to be entered into the competition.

Prizes

  • 1st Prize: a Windows 8 tablet, a Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 920 and Construct 2 Business license
  • 2nd Prize: a Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumia 920 and Construct 2 Business license
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th: Xbox 360 games bundle and Construct 2 Personal license
  • 6th-9th: Xbox 360 games bundle
  • 10th: Xbox 360 games bundle and a flying monkey

1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will also of course get gold, silver and bronze trophy profile badges as well!

How to enter

  1. Develop your game in Construct 2 and export for Windows 8. You can use the Free edition!
  2. Register as a Windows 8 publisher on the Windows 8 Store to publish your game. Note there is a fee to sign up a Windows 8 developer account, around $50 depending on your country.
  3. Consider incorporating some of the new Windows 8 features available like Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
  4. Submit your game for publishing on the Windows Store
  5. Once your game has been published, let us know about it before December 21st for a chance to win!

Submission dates

Notify us that you've submitted your game for publishing to the Windows Store by December 21st, 2012 for a chance to win. Send us an email to [email protected] with your name, the title of your entry, and a link to the Store page to register your entry. A select panel of judges from Scirra and Microsoft will choose 10 games as the finalists and from that group of 10 we will select prize winners based on the criteria below, and will notify winners by January 11th, 2013.

Note your game must be published in the store to be considered for entry, so you'll have to be quick - allow a week for the store acceptance process, which means submitting to the store by the 14th! You can enter existing games that you've ported from other platforms, and that might help you make an entry quickly.

Unfortunately we cannot accept apps that were published to the Windows Store before the start of this competition - they must be new submissions. However you can still submit an existing game that has not yet been submitted to the Windows Store.

What we're looking for

  • Games must be created with Construct 2
  • Implementation of key Windows 8 features including Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality
  • Games that are unique, creative and innovative
  • Games that are consumer friendly

Tips

Use the Windows 8 object in Construct 2 to access Windows 8 features. Note the latest beta releases include more features, such as the ability to share images and screenshots of your game. See also our guide on How to make a Windows 8 app.

Good luck and we look forwards to seeing your entries!

Update 10th December: Got questions about publishing to Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 with Construct 2? Microsoft have provided a special support email address - send a mail to scirrahelp@microsoft.com with any questions!

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andreyin 27.8k rep

Oh wow, that's pretty cool, might participate!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:31:22 PM
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Era 8,595 rep

Wow! This is awesome!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:32:36 PM
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thehen 11.9k rep

Awesomazing!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:34:38 PM
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omega6 4,886 rep

Seems interesting! I'll consider entering this competition ^-^

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:34:48 PM
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thehen 11.9k rep

"successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by December 21st" - better be quick, yikes!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:35:29 PM
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jardelbr 4,832 rep

timeless? OMG!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:36:08 PM
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bjadams 7,454 rep

deadline is too soon for making a quality game

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:38:53 PM
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Ubivis 5,923 rep

only 10 days to come up with an idea, the assets and the time to create it...

Challenge accepted :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:44:02 PM
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thehen 11.9k rep

@Ubivis Store certification takes 5 days on average too!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:48:14 PM
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Joannesalfa 27.9k rep

Nice! Maybe if i can participate it when i get chance

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:50:26 PM
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Ubivis 5,923 rep
@Ubivis Store certification takes 5 days on average too!
quoted from thehen

That's why I said, 10 days for everything ;)

Submitting on the 14th, would hopefully result in a certification on the 19th to 21st :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:50:39 PM
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thehen 11.9k rep

The other tiers don't contain a flying monkey?! I'll have to try and strategically come 10th :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:52:44 PM
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mrmdesign 2,937 rep

I think I may have to have a crack at this one. Great prizes on offer!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:53:28 PM
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RandomExile 12.1k rep

Targeting the 1%... of all users.

"The good news for Microsoft is that Windows 8 reached over one percent of the market in November. The bad news is that it lags behind Windows 7's adoption rate and still has no tablet/mobile adoption to speak of." --Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:54:10 PM
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PixelAmp 4,487 rep

I love how Microsoft has been partnered into the competition; great to see that they see the value in a platform like C2. Great work getting the visibility guys!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 at 2:56:01 PM

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