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Hackathon Finalists

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With all the exciting growth and nonstop action of the last several months throughout the Gala Games ecosystem, time has flown right by. In a flood of new players, new projects and new possibilities, we nearly overlooked an important decision still waiting to be made. The original $10,000 GalaCon Hackathon has two finalists remaining. Initially, this was intended to be in a video interview format, but due to a recording error we needed to revert to a text-based interview. Originally, there were four finalists but two did not reply after repeated contact attempts.

Now as we look forward to our huge live event, GalaCon, it’s time to make a choice that will award one of these promising projects with $10,000 toward the development of their game. Please note that the winner of this Hackathon is NOT being added to the Gala Games platform in any way, nor will they be branded as a Gala Games game.

The winner will receive a $10k grant to use on further creation and development of their game.

You’ll find more in-depth rundowns on both of these games at THIS POST from March of this year.

Over the Water

Castaway: a Pirate Survival MMORPG

The first of the two finalists was introduced back in late March as Untitled Pirate Game. This MMORPG is being created by a small team (currently just 3 people) with great ambitions to become an incredible open world adventure of exploration.

Questionnaire Answers

When did you first begin exploring this idea?

November 2020

What are your most crucial development goals that are currently being held up by lack of funding?

Additional Developers for the game, assets, and music.

Does your game have the potential to appeal to massive audiences?

Most definitely, the game has a genre that is massive. (MMORPG Survival)

On a percentage scale, how complete is your game?

30%

What is your mission statement?

Create the games today that will live to see the future.

How will your game empower the players of the world in a new way?

It will listen to the players and make sure it knows its community. Without the players there is no game. We want to focus on developing the game around the community.

Is there anything we should know about your background or experience that would make the Gala Games ecosystem more inclined to choose your project?

I have managed crypto projects before so I am not completely new to the scene. I also am a Management Information Systems major, and have been running game servers for over 10 years. I also have experience in Unreal Engine and Agile Scrum project management to get this project done.

Under the Water

Aquathereum

The second of the two finalists is the science fiction adventure game of underwater mining, exploration and conquest. Aquathereum has been in the works for years and has a larger team of 7.

Questionnaire Answers

When did you first begin exploring this idea?

5 years ago

What are your most crucial development goals that are currently being held up by lack of funding?

None, I’m financing it myself, but I would consider to share game to get to Gala player base and advertisement

Does your game have the potential to appeal to massive audiences?

I can include last trailer that will render this question mute

On a percentage scale, how complete is your game?

20%

What is your mission statement?

Multiverse chain of games built on Unreal 5 engine

How will your game empower the players of the world in a new way?

Play to earn + immersive game play that will lead to VR if tech will be good enough

Is there anything we should know about your background or experience that would make the Gala Games ecosystem more inclined to choose your project?

no answer

That’s about it folks! We don’t have any more information than you do, and now it’s time to vote for a winner! Remember that this is not a free pass onto the Gala Games platform, just a great financial boost for a hardworking indie game developer. Help us decide!

To Vote

This is a Discord vote by emoji situation. Locate the most recent pinned post in the #Announcements channel of the Gala Games Discord Community and cast your vote using the designated emoji reactions.

Voting will be open until Friday, September 10th, at which point the post will be unpinned and a winner will be chosen!

There is a LOT more coming for the Gala Games ecosystem, so make sure to keep in touch, watch the Discord and get ready for more incredible news! Follow Gala Games on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or in our Discord!


Hackathon Finalists was originally published in Gala Games Official Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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