Every year, local video game company XMG Studios runs the Great Canadian Appathon, a mobile game hackathon event for students that takes place simultaneously across the country over 48 hours. 135 teams took part, making fantasy-themed games for mobile devices, including students from U of T's Game Design and Development's Club (GDDC), and the collaborative U of T/OCADU video game design course, CSC404.
With $35,000 of prizes on the line, U of T/OCADU's students rose to the challenge. When the initial judging was done, four U of T/OCADU teams made it into the Top 15, with two teams making it into the Top 3! One team from the top 15, Team SuperSymmetry*, got a special $1,000 prize right away for Best Art/Aesthetics, while the others had to wait until February 13th to learn the final results.
After a final night of presenting their games to a panel of judges, the final verdict gave 3rd Place to Team Last Minute**, and 2nd Place to Team Cool Beans*** - that's $6,000 for 48 hours of work!
Congratulations to everybody for their outstanding appathon performances!
Pictured above: Steve Engels with the GCA U of T/OCADU participants.
*Daphne Ippolito, Alexander Biggs, Adam Robinson-Yu, Emma Burkeitt
**Joanna Vass, David Gallagher
***Miranda Ly, Samuel Law