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Thread: $1,000,000 NVIDIA Make Something Unreal Contest

  1. #1
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    Nov 2001
    Brisbane, Australia


    "RALEIGH, N.C., Jun 6, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Epic Games and Digital Extremes, co-creators of the award-winning Unreal(R) game franchise, along with NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR), AMD, and Alias|Wavefront today announced the kickoff of the "$1,000,000 NVIDIA Make Something Unreal" contest. The contest, backed by a grand prize worth US $400,000 and one of the largest overall contest prize purses in the video game industry, rewards and publicly recognizes talented individuals from around the world who can create the ultimate game and entertainment mods (a new game or add-on created with tools from the original title) based on the best-selling Unreal Tournament 2003 and upcoming Unreal Tournament 2004."

    "Entries can be made in 13 categories, including "Best Mod," "Best Character," "Best Use of 3D Sound," "Best Real-Time Non-Interactive Movie (also known as Machinima)," and more. Contestants can find contest information and qualifications, including a full list of categories, and sign-up for the contest today at"

    "This contest is not just about creating the best mod for UT2003 and UT2004. It is intended to tap the talents of a wide audience of aspiring game developers and artists," said Mark Rein, vice president at Epic Games. "We hope that the contest will act as a catalyst for those talented individuals who might not have tried their hand in the game arena before, but want to get in and have the appropriate skills to create amazing mods for Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004."

    "Published by Atari, the Unreal games series has reached stellar success over the years, not only in retail sales but through the tremendous support of savvy PC gamers around the world who have leveraged the game's engine to create mods that extend, personalize and enhance the life of the game. To date, game mod'ers have created everything from a virtual tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral to an evolving archive of thousands of add-on mods, each with a different look and feel."

    "The modding community has boomed simply because the Unreal Tournament Game Engine gives gamers and aspiring 3D artists a flexible, easy-to-use and feature-rich toolset for content creation," said Bill Rehbock, director of developer relations at NVIDIA. "This contest is an opportunity for us to reward this community for its efforts, as well as drive more attention to the art and science of modding."

    "$1,000,000 Make Something Unreal" Contest Details:

    From June 2003 through Spring 2004, the "$1,000,000 NVIDIA Make Something Unreal" contest is broken into three phases, each offering a chance to win prizes. The first prize announcement will take place in Winter 2003. Grand prize winners will be announced at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) held in San Jose, CA, in March 2004.

    "In addition to cash prizes totaling US$500,000 and the ultimate prize of a commercial Unreal Tournament Game Engine license (valued at $350,000), contestants can compete for more than $300,000 worth of high-end PCs featuring the combined processing power of NVIDIA's GeForce(TM) FX graphics, the NVIDIA nForce(TM)2 platform and AMD Athlon processors, and more than $30,000 worth of Maya(R) Software, the leading 3D modeling, animation and rendering software used in many high-end game and Hollywood production studios."
    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
    Managing Director
    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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    Join Date
    May 2003


    Nvidia is really offering 400,000 Pesos. They changed the .EXE file of the contest when no one was looking to optimise framerates.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2003


    so in short they are after new developers, and have used the lure of prize money and a contest to get thier interest.. quite a good idea.

    i just hope that the mods these contestants are going to submit are released publicly after the contest, as there will surely be quite a few interesting mods available to try out for ourselves :D
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    Apr 2002


    exiting.. :)

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