WWE crowns 'Hack-a-thon' winner

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August 05, 2013

WINTER PARK, Fla. – On Sunday, WWE hosted its first-ever “WWE Hack-a-thon” at Full Sail University. During this 48-hour contest, teams of students were tasked with creating a kid-friendly, WWE-themed mobile game that would appeal to children ages seven and older. 

More than 64 students, in majors ranging from Game Development to Digital Design, competed in the event for a chance to win prize money ($5,000 for 1st place; $3,000 for 2nd place; $1,000 for 3rd place) and tickets to future WWE shows.

Submissions were rated by a panel of video game industry experts—including representatives from WWE, Viacom, Chaotic Moon and Phunware—and judged according to the quality of game play mechanics, graphic design, storytelling, and WWE brand integration.

First place honors went to “Team Synapse,” which designed a clever sidescroller titled “Bad Food Rising,” featuring health-conscious Superstars fending off hostile junk food in a no-holds-barred chowdown. 

WWE plans to make this year’s Hack-a-thon a recurring event at Full Sail University, and hopes to continue working with students in developing the amazing concepts created during the two-day event.

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