Voodoo recently announced the winners of its popular Runner Competition for the year 2020. The results were announced on 16th November 2020. The winners received a cash prize bonus for the games consequently published and confirmed, along with the bonuses for tested games. Voodoo popularly hosted the previous runner competition, which was held in the spring, included winners such as Cube Surfer and Stack Colours; the games that have gone on to dominate the download charts. They have also yielded very significant payouts to the developers to date.
Launched by Alexandre Yazdi and Laurent Ritter in Paris in 2013, Voodoo’s extensive stable of games now includes over 100 mobile titles. It is currently retaining over 300 million monthly active users and 3.7 billion total downloads around the globe, making the French company top the list in terms of downloads in the worldwide Gaming Industry. In December 2019, Voodoo games had 1 billion individual players. Voodoo is also the world’s leading mobile games publisher in terms of downloads. In July 2020, Voodoo was valued at $1.4 Billion.
Voodoo Runner Competition 2020
The competition, which launched in August this year, invited mobile developers of all sizes to submit prototypes in the Runner genre. They also offered the applicants a chance to secure large cash prizes alongside attractive publishing contracts within the company. However, in this edition, six studios have qualified for prizes based on their outstanding submissions and prototypes.
Applicants had the chance to benefit from Voodoo’s industry-leading testing platform, chart-topping insights, and the touch of expertise of the Publishing and Marketing teams. This time, Voodoo offered up two key prizes: a $100,000 bonus for any game consequently published and confirmed, and a $20,000 for the test result of any new game with a CPI below $0.2 and with a Day One retention of over 35%.
Throughout the duration of the competition, Voodoo hosted a series of extensive live streams to support the participating studios on their path to submission. Here the applicants could submit questions and discuss the next steps. This was over eight streams, where various attributes of successful runners were analyzed in-depth, such as game loops, first-time user experience, rhythm in runners, and more such parameters.
The results exceeded the expectations, with a record number of hit prototypes that impressed the judges of the competition. Voodoo has announced three published winners along with their titles, with the remaining titles to be announced soon. The published winners are as follows:
- 1. Force Master: Orbital Knight
- 2. Roof Rails: Pixel Box
- 3. Stair Run: Inno Studio
However, in the coming weeks, Voodoo will provide insights and case studies regarding the winning titles as chart progress is monitored, collecting best practices and tips for studios attempting to develop their own successful titles.
And for developers who were not able to submit to this competition, Voodoo confirmed that a new opportunity to share prototypes will soon be announced on their website.
What do you think about the Voodoo Runner Competition 2020 Winners? How do you think their prototypes will fare after publication? Do let us know in the comments!