Five months ago, reinventing the granddaddy of all video games was just a dream… a crazy, lunatic, yet probably entirely achievable dream hatched by TriplePoint client Atari. Nearly 90 teams dared to share that dream, each entering the Pong Indie Developer Challenge for a chance at cash and a lucrative publishing deal under the proud Atari banner.
Then, there were but twenty. Then seven. But, in the end, there could be only one. Or maybe three, if you count the runners-up. The challenge has finally come to a close, and I tip my hat to the new official successor to Pong: Pong World, by zGames. Behold its glory:
For concocting this madcap take on the Pong legend, zGames has been awarded $50,000 in cash, and they will enter a revenue-sharing agreement with Atari upon the game’s final release. This money will presumably go towards medical treatment for paddle-beast bites, because those things look kind of mean.
As consolation prizes, the other six finalists actually also get cash and publishing deals — just slightly less of it. So that’s not bad.
Congratulations to all of the winners, and may digital table tennis/air hockey forever remain more fun to play than the real thing.