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UVU To Help Host Utah Game Wars: Game Development Contest

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June 30, 2014

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807

In an effort to encourage and support Utah’s entrepreneurial innovators by helping them bring concepts to the marketplace, Utah Valley University, in conjunction with Grow Utah and Zions Bank, is hosting a game development contest called Utah Game Wars.

Home to digital media giants like Adobe, Electronic Arts, Disney Interactive and Smart Bomb Interactive, Utah has rapidly become known for its vibrant digital media and entertainment industry. This continued growth has created the perfect setting for Grow Utah’s 2014 Concept to Company Game Development competition, also known as Utah Game Wars.

Utah Game Wars focuses on game development driven by innovators and entrepreneurs, and will award three cash prizes for the best new games. Applications for the contest will be accepted through Aug. 17. The cash prize of $22,500 ($11,000 for the grand prize, $5,500 for each runner up, and $500 for the crowd favorite) is provided by Grow Utah’s Digital Media Acceleration Cluster.

UVU, with the assistance of Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR), is developing commercial applications for its efforts and research in video games, digital media, art, graphics engineering and animation. Peter Jay, associate director of economic development for UVU, and USTAR Central director, said the Utah Game Wars and the presence of major digital media companies promote Utah’s video game and high tech clusters, enabling students graduating from an entertainment arts field to find high-paying jobs.

“There is a strong video game presence in Utah with Electronic Arts in Salt Lake City,” said Jay. “This helps get the word out about our video game and high tech industries, which will make jobs available in the area for students graduating from the programming, video game, art, animation and other degrees from all of Utah’s universities.”

Entries should describe a legitimate mobile, computer, or console game that can be operated in the United States. The game can either be developed (already selling) or undeveloped (not yet selling), however all applications must be developed enough to have a beta version or working demo. The contest is open to Utah residents, students and small businesses with less than $5 million in annual revenues.

The ongoing Concept to Company competitions are held in various regions across the State of Utah. Competitions are held in all regions of the state with each competition focusing on the unique entrepreneurial strengths of that region. Utah Game Wars are sponsored by USTAR and the Digital Media UCAP project.

For more information on Utah Game Wars, other Concept to Company contests, and to apply, visit http://www.concepttocompany.org/gaming14.


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