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UEI Announces “Global LEAP Challenge” Contest to Commemorate Publication of enchant.js for Beginners: The Official Guide” Seeking Games With Global Appeal!

On February 21, UEI and ASCII Media Works released “enchant.js for Beginners: The Official Guide,” which has already sold out on Amazon, necessitating a reprinting. To commemorate the book’s success, UEI and ASCII will be holding the “Global LEAP Challenge” contest during the first 9 days of March to find games that can be enjoyed by players the world over.

■About Global LEAP Challenge
“Global LEAP Challenge” seeks games that can be enjoyed by players from all over the world. We’re looking for games that can be played without explanation, or require only a simple English description (if you elect to write your description in Japanese, we will provide an English translation).

All you need to do is upload your game file to 9leap (http://9leap.net/). Anyone with a Japanese Twitter account can participate.

As part of “Global LEAP Challenge,” UEI President Ryo Shimizu will host live Ustream broadcasts with the latest IT news from around the world during his global tour of Barcelona, Boston, San Francisco, Texas, and Pattaya.

The broadcast URL can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shi3z-show.

The exact broadcast schedule can be found on the enchant.js Developer’s Blog.

■About Global LEAP Challenge
Submission Period: March 1, 2012 – 11:59 p.m., March 9, 2012 (exactly 9 days)
Judgment Period: March 1, 2012 – March 31, 2012 (31 days)
Contest Results: Early April, 2012
What To Submit: Original JavaScript smartphone games “playable by anyone in the world.”
How To Submit: Upload to official 9leap site
Judgment Standards: Game quality, number of players and game plays, number of favorites, etc.
Prizes: SONY α NEX-5ND Double Lens Kit (Grand Prize Winner)

http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/products/NEX-5ND/

Aerial photography-enabled “CAMERA COPTER” (Best Technique, Best Impact)

http://www.tokyo-marui.co.jp/products/swift/

※Prizes are subject to change.

■About 9leap
9leap is an original game development contest cosponsored by UEI and D2 Communications to encourage the development of the next generation of talented game developers. The first round of the contest was held from May 1 to December 31, 2011, and had more than 600 games submitted.

Winners of each round of the contest will receive the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models, while the three grand prize winners will earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the Game Developers Conference and a chance to speak at IGDA Japan.

9leap is proud to be among the biggest HTML5-based smartphone game sites in the world.

URL: http://9leap.net/

■About enchant.js
enchant.js is an open source HTML5 game engine released by UEI on April 17, 2011. It is distributed with a dual MIT/GPL license and is cross platform, functioning on PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, and more. In addition to the main program, free images and sounds are also provided to enhance game development. Developed for the 9leap contest (http://9leap.net/), as of March 2012 enchant.js is the world’s most-used HTML5 game engine. URL: http://enchantjs.com/

■About Ubiquitous Entertainment Inc.
Ubiquitous Entertainment Inc. aims to use the latest iPhone, iPad, smartphone, mobile, PC, and other technology to create a new kind of lifestyle for its customers. With the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s Information-technology Promotion Agency Unexplored Software Creation Project’s high-speed technology at its base, UEI creates new tools to enhance all aspects of human life. From “iAvatar” and other early i-mode games, to the smartphone and social game release “Kessen! Sengoku VS Sangokushi,” it boasts numerous examples of successful game development. It has further honed its unique sensibilities in creations such as an ATM locator for Mizuho Bank, the Zeptopad FOLIO stationery app for dual screen Android tablets, and the HTML5 game development enchant.js.

URL: http://www.uei.co.jp/

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