Microsoft has been holding its Dream.Build.Play game development competition for the past few years. The contests allow indie game creators and studios from all over the world the chance to get some recognition, as well as some cash and prizes, for their efforts.
This week, Microsoft announced the 40 finalists for the 2012 Dream.Build.Play competition. 20 of the finalists made games for the Xbox 360 game console, such as the side scrolling game Apple Jack 2, shown above. The other 20 finalists submitted games made for the Windows Phone OS.
All of the finalists will receive a free Windows Phone device, along with a chance to receive either an Xbox Live Arcade or Windows Phone publishing contract from Microsoft. They will also receive a chance to be considered for Microsoft's Xbox 360 Registered Developer Program.
The grand prize winners of the Dream.Build.Play competition will be announced in early September and Microsoft will award the creators of the top Xbox 360 game $40,000. The makers of the best Windows Phone game will get $20,000 for their efforts; smaller cash prizes will also be awarded to the first, second and third runner up games in both categories.
Source: Dream.Build.Play website | Image via My Owl Software