Universal, Digital Platforms and Unity team to launch Universal GameDev Challenge winners on Steam

Date Type Companies involved Size
July 9th, 2019 partnership NBC Universal
Unity Technologies
Not disclosed
Universal, Digital Platforms and Unity team to launch Universal GameDev Challenge winners on Steam

Universal Games, Digital Platforms and Unity Technologies have all partnered to launch the winner and runner-up from Universal’s GameDev Challenge in Steam.

Zurich-based studio Gbanga won the first-ever Universal GameDev Challenge in October 2018 and bagged $150,000 for its prototype of Voltron: Cubes of Olkarion.

Voltron is a one-on-one, real-time strategy title that is based on the Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender. Players build and stack weapon cubes in an attempt to take out opponents.

Pillow Pig Games developer claimed second with Turok: Escape from Lost Valley, taking home $20,000 in prizes.

Escape from Lost Valley sees users controlling Turok in a third-person action-adventure where survival is key. The game features hand-drawn 2D graphics, animations, and multiple environments featuring quests and hidden items.

As a result of the pair’s placings, both games will arrive on Steam on July 25th, 2019 via the help of the three companies

“Authentic stories”

“The Universal GameDev Challenge uncovered incredibly talented, up-and-coming game developers, and as fans themselves, they brought a unique, passionate perspective to these characters and stories,” said Universal executive vice president of games and digital platforms Chris Heatherly.

“The games from Gbanga and Pillow Pig Games combined with the expertise at Universal showcase the power of bringing authentic stories to life through interactive experiences.”

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