AT&T Unlocked Games recently held a competition online for an all-women developer edition, with the winners announced last week. The Unlocked Games winner is Gwen Frey, the developer of Lab Rat, with the runner-up being Abby Howard, developer of Scarlet Hollow. Both of them were determined by the competition's End Boss judges, while the Gamers' Choice winner was decided on by viewers of the stream (presented through the ELeague) on Twitch. That winner also happened to be Howard. You can read more about both women and their games, as well as the earnings and prizes they took home below. The event was a pretty decent success and it would do everyone a lot of good to keep making these happen.
"The disparity in the number of women developers to women gamers hit home for us," said Shiz Suzuki, assistant vice president, AT&T – Sponsorships and Experiential Marketing. "As an active member of this industry, we saw an opportunity to not only support underrepresented developers but help bring their games and stories to life through our position as an endemic brand in the gaming space."
WINNER PRIZE – Gwen Frey, Lab Rat
- FUNDING: $50,000 toward final game development.
- DREAMHACK PRESENCE: A dedicated activation at the next DreamHack inspired by their game and brought to life by AT&T, where they can demonstrate and debut their work.
- PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT:
- Mentorship and a lifetime membership to International Game Developers Association (IDGA).
- Promotional and marketing support from AT&T
- AT&T GIFT CARD: $3,000 credit toward AT&T devices and hotspots to keep her team connected and assist with game development.
RUNNER UP and GAMERS' CHOICE PRIZE – Abby Howard, Scarlet Hollow
- Since Abby won both Runner Up and Gamers' Choice separately, she's receiving:
- $20,000 toward final game development.
- Trip to the next DreamHack for four people.
- $5,000 credit toward AT&T devices and hotspots to keep her team connected and assist with game development.