The Pong Indie Developer Challenge is nearly complete! TriplePoint client Atari has narrowed the field from last week’s 20 semi-finalists down to the very last round, with only 7 studios still bouncing around the field. Those finalists are:
- PegPeg: RetroPong
- Delusions: Pong Tournament 2012
- Island Officials: Pong EVO
- Fishbowl Productions: PONG 4033
- zGames: Pong World
- Eppy Game: Fong
- MadRuse Games: Pong Tournament
In case you missed them before, those games have trailers that we shared with you a little while ago (along with several semi-finalists who have been tragically eliminated) for you to check out. And, in case you’ve forgotten what’s at stake:
Games from the finalists will be published as an iOS release planned for later this year through which developers will benefit from a revenue sharing agreement with Atari. Each of the new Pong interpretations submitted by finalists will see a commercial release, but not all can win top honors. The ultimate winner of the contest will be selected in part by a celebrity judging panel made up of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Dave Castelnuovo, David Whatley, and Mike Schramm. Each judge’s vote will be weighed against the community’s votes in determining the finalist ranking. In addition to revenue-share agreements, the top three submissions will take home cash prizes of $50,000 for 1st place, $37,500 for 2nd place, and $15,000 for 3rd place, while the remaining finalists will each win $5,000.
So, it’s down to the final 7, with winners expected to be announced shortly. All of this, just because 40 years ago someone decided to recreate tennis with dots and lines! It’s been a hell of a ride, hasn’t it?