With a desire to make sure the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS is the best one the company has ever released, RIM is actively seeking out developers to either port or build games for it. Of course, simply asking for this will only get you so far, so to attract as many developers as possible, RIM is holding a “Got Game Port-a-Thon” on November 16, which works to both help developers port their games over, and offer some pretty sweet rewards at the same time.
For each game that a developer successfully ports over, they receive $100 – up to a maximum of $2,000. If you submit between 2-5 games, you also get a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Between 6-10, you get the BlackBerry tablet and a developer model (for the first 100 qualified developers). Finally, if you submit more than 10 games, you’ll get everything up to this point along with a free trip to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this coming spring (available to the first 10 qualified developers).
RIM’s technical folk will be on-hand during the entire 36 hour window that this port-a-thon goes on, so if you run into trouble, help will be near. To get involved, you simply need to head on over to the official post to read the rest of the details and then register. If you do plan on involving yourself in this, it’s recommended that you sign-up in advance, along with making sure you have the proper software installed on your PC.
It should come as a surprise to no one that RIM’s app store is a bit lacking compared to iOS and Android (the verdict is still out on Windows 8’s), so it’d be great to see this port-a-thon turn out to be a roaring success.