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IMGA doubles cash prize fund

US$35,000 up for grabs in third annual awards ceremony

The International Mobile Gaming Awards has announced a doubling of its cash prize fund, which now totals US$35,000 and will be used to recognise and reward outstanding achievements and innovation in the mobile gaming sector.

Over the next couple of months, developers large and small from all over the world will be submitting their best games and new projects, hoping to pick up an award at the 3GSM World Conference in Barcelona next February.

Now in its third year, the IMGA is expecting a record number of applications for the prestigious awards, following a massive 64 per cent increase in the number of entrants in 2005.

Supported by five global sponsors including Nokia, NVIDIA and Orange, the awards will be split into five categories: the IMGA Grand Prix; Best Interactive Experience; Best Use of Connectivity; Excellence in 3D and Most Innovative Game.

Maarten Noyons, IMGA managing director, commented: "What really makes the IMGA unique is its focus on innovation and creativity in game development. We challenge every developer to come up with his or her most original, ambitious, creative and groundbreaking game plan."

"Mobile gaming is a fascinating arena for creative developers with inspiring ideas and the IMGA is the perfect platform to make sure that these ideas receive the recognition and rewards they deserve," he added.

The deadline for submissions is 11th September, and shortlisted entrants will then have until 26th January,2007 to produce a working demo for final judging.

More information and an application form for the awards can be found by visiting www.imgawards.com.

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