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Windows 8 summer competition

by Ashley | 7th, May 2013

Scirra have teamed up with Microsoft to launch a new Windows 8-based competition with some fantastic prizes!

Create a new game with Construct 2, or port an existing one, and successfully publish it to the Windows 8 Store by June 21st to be entered in to the competition. Allow a week for the store submission to complete, so try to get your entries submitted to the store by June 14th.

Prizes

  • 1st: a Windows 8 touch device, a Windows Phone 8 HTC 8X and a Construct 2 Business license
  • 2nd: a Windows 8 touch device and Construct 2 Personal license
  • 3rd: a Windows Phone 8 HTC 8X and Construct 2 Personal license
  • 4th-10th: a Construct 2 Personal license

In addition to the above prizes, the top fifty entries will also receive a $100 voucher that can be redeemed in the Scirra Store! That's right, there are 50 of these available!

How to enter

  1. Develop your game for Windows 8 in Construct 2, or port an existing one. You can use the Free edition!
  2. Consider incorporating some of the new Windows 8 features available like Snap View, Live Tiles and Share functionality. You can support these using the Windows 8 object in Construct 2.
  3. Make sure you're registered as a Windows 8 publisher on the Windows 8 Store. Note there is a one-time sign-up fee of about $50 (depending on your country).
  4. Export for Windows 8 and submit it to the Windows 8 store. For more information see the tutorial How to make a Windows 8 app. Try to submit by June 14th to ensure your app is published by the deadline.
  5. Once your game has been published, let us know about it on or before June 21st for a chance to win!

Submission

To enter your game in to the competition, send an email to andrew@microsoft.com with the following details:

  • Your name
  • The title of your app
  • Your publisher ID
  • A link to the store page your app is on
  • The Live ID associated with your Azure account (if you're using Azure)

The top ten prizes will be based on judge's ratings. (Note: this was edited in to clarify on May 8th) The $100 vouchers are awarded by sweepstakes. Each app you successfully submit to the store counts as one entry in to the prize sweepstakes. However, should you use Azure Mobile Services for your game, you will gain two bonus entries. That's up to three entries per game for the voucher sweepstakes! The more apps that you submit before the deadline, the more chance you have of winning. We will notify winners by July 31st 2013.

Note your game must be published in the store by the deadline to be considered for entry at all, so please allow a week for the store acceptance process, which means submitting to the store by June 14th! You can enter existing games that you've ported from other platforms, which might help you make an entry quickly. However unfortunately we cannot accept apps that were published to the Windows Store before the start of this competition - they must be new submissions.

What we're looking for

  • Games 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. See also the tutorial How to make a Windows 8 app.

You can easily add Azure services to your app using the third-party Azure Mobile Services for Windows 8 plugin developed by Henry Hoffman (@thehen). Find out more about Azure at ubelly.com/cloud.

Microsoft technology evangelist Jim O'Neil has posted some guides about integrating Construct 2 with Windows 8.

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 andrew@microsoft.com with any questions!

Good luck and we look forwards to seeing your entries!

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ludodesign 30.6k rep

Thanks Scirra and Microsoft! :)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:02:35 PM
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russpuppy 8,985 rep

awesome!! was getting bored after the newgrounds contest ended :)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:03:07 PM
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True Valhalla 6,105 rep

Interesting. Hope it all goes well.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:09:06 PM
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Rilem 4,295 rep

Sweepstakes?
' The more apps that you submit before the deadline, the more chance you have of winning.'
Cool that there's another contest, but the fact that what you make doesn't weigh in on your chance on winning is pretty lame. :P

Someone correct me if I'm wrong please.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:10:16 PM
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soybean 5,257 rep

Awesome job Scirra & Microsoft!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:12:05 PM
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kuramayoko10 2,284 rep

Is it restricted to US citizens only?
If my game wins the Windows8 device, will it be shipped outside US?

Great jobs guys :)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:15:26 PM
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bon4ire 6,003 rep

This sounds like a fun competition.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:16:19 PM
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VonBednar 3,231 rep

Will the contest be judged or will those be sweepstakes?
I am fine with sweepstakes for 50 $100 prizes, but not for the top 10.

How can we use the free version, if the export is disabled?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:18:53 PM
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Tom 54.2k rep

@kuramayoko10 not restricted, anyone can enter!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:19:21 PM
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Blackyell 2,471 rep

Don't understand the sweepstakes too...

The game quality is not taken in account?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:30:14 PM
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Ubivis 6,468 rep

how about chipping in a free azure account with no limits for the winner? :)

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:31:23 PM
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anthonykojima 10.1k rep

WOW. I'm defintely taking part in this contest. Actually, I said that but... I'm super scared of the certification process of Windows 8 store. anyway good news!!!!!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:38:03 PM
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humanescape 8,637 rep

The post is somewhat unclear, can you submit both desktop and mobile apps?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:38:20 PM
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tyoungjrmmx 1,427 rep

Great news! I'm ready to get work.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:49:39 PM
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yousicc 6,297 rep

im all in on this one. Let the games begin

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 3:12:47 PM

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