triOS College is teaming up with mobile game developer XMG Studio to challenge its students to race the clock and develop an addictive mobile video game in under 48 hours. From September 28 to September 30, student developers are invited to gather at triOS College’s GCA³ hub (Market Square, 110 King Street East in Kitchener) and put their skills to the test. The winning team gets $25,000, the chance to have their game published in the app store and a potential job opportunity with XMG Studio Inc. and the runner-up gets $5,000.00.
GCA³ guarantees participants 48 hours of intense fun, meeting new people, learning stuff, and building a game on top of the world’s leading mobile APIs. Some of the talented designers and developers from XMG will be available to motivate and mentor the teams. Also, a 48-hour support line has been set-up for questions and advice on how to work with the latest interfaces.
“One of the many things I love about the mobile gaming industry is its democratic nature. Anybody can join in,” says Ray Sharma, CEO and founder of XMG Studio Inc. “Last year’s GCA² broke all the records and went down as the largest Canadian hackathon in development history. This year, the bar is set even higher with almost double the amount of colleges and universities participating.”
“Intense video game development competitions such as the Great Canadian Appathon allow students to quickly tune and build their skills in a collaborative and focused environment. It is a vital event for all of our video game students, as well as anyone who wishes to enter the game industry,” said the Dean of Technology for triOS College, Jason Eckert.
GCA³ will start at 5:00 p.m. (local time) on September 28, 2012 and continue for 48 hours, ending at 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2012. Individuals or teams of up to four people can work around the clock at the triOS College coding hub. Following the event, the winning games will be evaluated on criteria such as the degree of innovation, the fun and entertainment factor, the level of art and design polish as well as stability. The three finalists, will be honoured on November 8, 2012 in Toronto at the “Grand Finale” event, sponsored by KPMG, and will compete live in front of a panel of judges for the grand prize.
For more information about the event including supported platforms, team registrations, rules and regulations, etc., please visit www.greatcanadianappathon.com.
About triOS College
triOS College is registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act of Ontario and was named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies two years in a row. triOS has graduated thousands of students into rewarding careers since its inception in 1992. triOS offers a career-focused approach to education enabling graduates to start careers in business, technology, healthcare, and law. Students receive real-world experience from internship placements included in most programs. triOS has campus locations across Southern Ontario including: Windsor, London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Scarborough and Oshawa. More information about triOS College may be found at www.trios.com.
About XMG Studio Inc.
XMG Studio Inc. is an award-winning developer and publisher of mobile games. Founded in late 2009, XMG has developed a track record for innovation excellence in mobile gaming including the release of critically acclaimed games downloadable on your iOS, Android, and Windows Phone device. Based in Toronto, XMG is one of the largest indie mobile game studios in Canada. Named as one of the top global mobile games developers to watch by popular media, XMG is focused on providing creative expression through gameplay for all fans of fun.
For more information:
Brittany Tkach, triOS College Communications Coordinator
905.814.7212 x1037 or brittany.tkach@