MySpace, the worlds premier social network has announced the grand prize winner of the first ever Pan-Asian game applications competition TheGame08. Indias finalist, Contests2win.com, won the competition with their application, you Charades.
The finalists were celebrated and the grand prize winner named during an awards ceremony today at the Tokyo Game Show, the worlds largest video game expo, held annually in Japan.
TheGame08 was designed to introduce game developers in China, Japan, Korea and India to the recently launched MySpace Developer Platform, which offers software developers large and small from around the world the chance to easily build creative, user-enriching applications for MySpaces global audience of 122 million users.
The competition started at the ChinaJoy conference in Shanghai last July and provides a showcase of the best and brightest talent and innovations across the four countries. The four finalists were selected by an international panel of judges and attended todays awards ceremony.
Indias winning application is a game which allows users to guess charades from popular books, movies and personalities. The game also encourages users to record their own charade and upload it to the site, giving them a chance to showcase their talent to family and friends.
MySpace will translate and localize youCharades into Korean, Japanese and Chinese and promote it as the "Featured Application" on the MySpace Developer Platforms Application Gallery. The Indian winners will also receive a $30,000 cash prize courtesy of Samsung. All four finalist applications will also be featured on the MySpace Developer Platform for two weeks.
Rajagopal Menon, COO of Contests2Win.com said "Were thrilled that the judges selected youCharades as the winning application. India has a thriving developer community - we have so many talented engineers who have great ideas and develop fantastic products, but the cost of marketing and promotion is prohibitive. TheGame08 draws the spotlight to the best applications and allows developers to reach out to a global audience. Its a brilliant opportunity and were honored to represent India."