San Francisco, CA – March 6, 2012 – SweetLabs, the makers of Pokki, today announced the winners of the Pokki 1UP Game Developer Contest, which were demonstrated at the Social & Online Games Summit at GDC 2012. The winners, who topped a field of 60 submitted games, are:
- 1st Place: 4 Horsemen by Nicklaus Liow – $30,000 and a trip to GDC
- 2nd Place: Tupsu by Evgeni Gordejev – $13,000
- 3rd Place: Onslaught! Arena by Matt Hackett – $7,000
Additionally, 4 Horsemen also won the “People’s Choice” award – receiving the most active players between the close of the 1UP contest (Feb. 20) and the start of GDC (Mar. 5). To download the winning games and notable mentions, visit www.pokki.com/1up.
“The results of the Pokki 1UP Contest, in terms of both the quality and quantity of the games submitted, surpassed our wildest expectations, and caused productivity to plummet in offices around the world during the last 60 days,” said Adrian Bourke, Co-Founder and VP of Products at SweetLabs. “Pokki lets indie developers differentiate their games by offering a simple and easy way to get in front of players on the desktop beyond traditional social networks and in-browser game play. These great games show that HTML5 is not just a buzzword for web and mobile games, but can enable great content across multiple platforms, including the desktop.”
Press appointments for Pokki and the winning 1UP developers are currently being accepted during the Summit and Expo, coordinated by Zach Fuller at email@example.com.
SweetLabs was founded in 2008 to empower developers to reach new users and monetize great applications. The company’s first product was the OpenCandy advertising network, which powers user-friendly software recommendations during the download and installation process. In June 2011, SweetLabs launched Pokki, an application platform that brings the modern “app” experience to the desktop, enabling developers to create engaging, connected desktop applications using standard web languages like HTML5. SweetLabs is based in San Diego and funded by Intel Capital, Google Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Visit www.sweetlabs.com for more information.
Dustin Blackwell, TriplePoint