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Zeboo Looks To India For Players

Zeboo Looks To India For Players

India continues to attract outside investors, who see a large pool of talented programmers that have long gone unnoticed. To discover skilled and talented Java programmers, New York-based venture finance company, Zeboo, announced a mobile game developer contest to help single out individuals, and domestic studios for strategic partnerships.

Zeboo is trying to enter this particular market segment, because of the slow pace mobile games are developing, relative to other technologies that have saturated India. The mobile market in India is still growing, and is likely to expand as more capital comes in created from outsourcing.

The rules of the competition call for individuals, or teams, to create a game using Sun's J2ME. The game can build on an existing title, or can be unique. Criteria the games will be judged by include rich graphics, intuitive game play, code stability, and efficiency.

Zeboo says the contest aims to bring into the open talented Java developers. They want to identify those individuals and companies that have a passion for mobile game development. Zeboo has plans to set up a mobile game studio in Hyderabad, India.

"India has the richest talent pool of Java developers," said V Krishna Polineni, vice president of development, Zeboo. "Developing world-class games requires assembling a team that not only has the skills but has a deep passion for games. As mobile phone capacities accelerate in terms of chip speeds and memory, the promise of truly mobile entertainment becomes more viable."

Interested participants can register by sending an email to [email protected] before January 10, 2005. The name, address and phone number of the primary contact must be included. Finished games are due March 31, 2005, and are only open to developers based in India.

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