RIM is seriously serious about getting prospective developers to build apps for its upcoming BlackBerry 10 platform. Much like Microsoft did during its BUILD conference earlier this month, RIM is hosting a hackathon of sorts, though this one is aimed specifically at game developers.
The BlackBerry Got Game Port-a-Thon is a 36-hour event encouraging game developers to build, or port, games to the BlackBerry 10 platform. On hand will be RIM employees and evangelists “to offer advice and lend their services,” according to the press release.
All attendees will receive $100USD for each approved game, up to a total of $2000 (20 apps), which is a nice chunk of change for merely submitting a finished game. In addition to the cash, each developer can receive either a PlayBook tablet, a BlackBerry Dev Alpha device or a trip to the 2013 Game Developers Conference, depending on the number of apps submitted.
Unlike most hackathons, this one is virtual, so developers can work from home or the office. Check out all the details at the link below. We like that RIM is ensuring that quality software will be available to consumers at launch, both for work and for play.
Source: BlackBerry Inside Developer Blog