Chennai-based Smaat Apps & Technologies wins third Game Hack

The studio's Zombie Strokes 3D takes a bite out of the competition

Chennai-based Smaat Apps & Technologies wins third Game Hack

Chennai was the latest city to play host to Reliance Games's pan-India game development and pitch competition.

On 31 January, the third round of Game Hack saw local studios showcase their work in the hope of gaining exposure, funds, publisher support, as well as expert advice from members of the jury. 

The event attracted the enthusiastic support of 40 indie developers and over 100 regional game development students, with 20 games pitched for a strict five minutes each to both the judges and an audience of peers.

Zombie Strokes 3D, by local studio Smaat Apps & Technologies, ultimately overpowered the competition to shuffle away with the 'Indie Game of the Day' award and a cheque for 10,000 Rupees.

Step up

The developer now progresses through to the Game Hack Grand Final, which gathers all the finalists from the compeition and is due to take place as The Very Big Indie Pitch segment of the Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore conference on 16-17 April.

Before then the Game Hack series will travel towards Hyderabad Delhi (21 Feb), and finally Mumbai (28 Feb) – having already visited Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad.

By the time the Grand Final at PGC Bangalore kicks off, Game Hack will have involved more than 1,500 indie developers across 200 studios, and 3,000 students from over 70 colleges.

Prospective participants can still submit their entries until 20 March at the Game Hack official site, where they'll find full competition rules and all the information they require.

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