MoMinis is a company that specialises in assisting people to make their own mobile games. Using the purpose-built MoMinis Studio, developers can build their own games from scratch, and then use the MoMinis online platform to distribute their games for profit. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Then read on for all the details.

The company is currently running a mobile game development competition, called Gamecast 2011, with a total prize purse of $15,000: $10,000 for first place, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third. Games developed for the competition (or indeed, any games built using the platform) will run on a number of devices: Android, Blackberry, J2ME and Symbian platforms are all supported. Here’s the blurb from their press release:

The MoMinis Studio is a free, easy-to-use game development engine that can be learned by users with varying areas of expertise including PC developers, flash developers, game designers or mobile game developers.  Many free tutorials, graphics resources and onsite communities can assist the developer in learning game creation and are available at http://dev.mominis.com

The MoMinis Studio is a RAD (rapid application development) tool that alleviates mobile fragmentation problems by being agnostic to any specific platform or device. As a wholly cross platform solution, games developed using The MoMinis Studio instantly operate on hundreds of mobile devices across multiple platforms such as Android, Blackberry, Symbian and J2ME.  MoMinis also distributes games to global audiences using its global distribution partners such as mobile operators and publishers and shares revenue with developers. Key partners include NTT DoCoMo Verizon, Telefonica, Orange, Turkcell and Vodafone.

Contest Rules

The contest will consist of a rough draft and a final draft submission stage. As a rough draft, entrants should explain the concept of their mobile game or show the game in action in a home-video and submit it by the rough draft deadline, July 10th .  All final drafts must be submitted in .mom files (MoMinis original game files) by August 25th.  Finalists will be announced on August 29th and the winning games will be announced on August 29th.

You can find additional information on the competition’s website: www.gamecastcontest.com.

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