As the eventual BlackBerry 10 release date draws closer by the day, RIM is preparing efforts to once again pitch its remaining woo at gaming developers with the promise of cold, hard cash. Later this week on November 16th, another BlackBerry 10 “event” of sorts is to be held online to target game developers, who are to be offered monetary rewards if they are willing to create a new game for the BlackBerry 10 OS, of configure an existing game to run on the new platform.
Scheduled to run for 36 hours, the event will see RIM’s head technical experts making themselves available for discussion and consultation by those looking for the inside scoop on how to configure software and games for use with BlackBerry 10. And in order to sweeten the deal a little further, every app submitted that is ultimately accepted for use with BlackBerry 10 will result in a reward of $100 for the developer – up to a maximum of 20 app submissions.
However, there are more goodies on offer for those willing to really put the effort in and throw their weight behind next year’s BlackBerry 10 release date drive.
For example, those that seem from two to five of their games accepted for use with BlackBerry 10 will receive a free BlackBerry PlayBook as well as the cash. Between five and ten game acceptances will see developers given their own BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device, while those managing to get over 10 gaming apps accepted by RIM will get all of the above and an invite to GDC 2013.
Exciting stuff to say the least, but it is difficult not to wonder whether or not the incentives will have a positive or negative effect on the quality of BlackBerry 10 gaming apps. There’s little reason to expect that RIM will happily accept and pay out for garbage, but when there are such quantitative rewards on offer, who’s to say amateur developers won’t be trying to slip dozens of red-herrings through the net just to coin in?
RIM’s BlackBerry 10 release date has been all-but confirmed for March 2013, when the company will attempt a monumental refloating to avoid perhaps the end of BlackBerry as we know it.