Bohemia Interactive have announced a Make Arma Not War contest for Arma 3, offering talented modders the chance to win a total of €500,000 in cash prizes.
If you fancy your chances, then there are four categories you can enter into. Total Modification – presumably spurred on by DayZ – is the big one, offering €200,000 to the single winner. The Singleplayer Game Mode, Multiplayer Game Mode, and Add-On categories divide up their prize money between first place (€50,000), second place (€30,000) and third place (€20,000), amounting to a grand total of €500,000 in cash being given away. At current exchanged rates that’s about £420,000, or $680,000. Not an amount to sniff at.
Even if you don’t win, there are other potential benefits. Other than the fact that you’ll presumably get a degree of publicity within the Arma 3 community just from entering the contest, Bohemia note that they may offer contracts to projects with a lot of potential, whether or not they win the contest. In addition to that, the International Committee of the Red Cross will be handing out a Health Care in Danger Special Award, offering the modder who develops a mod that best fits that particular theme the chance to go on a one-week trip to a foreign country on an ICRC mission.
The application period for the contest is scheduled to open in 2014, but you’re free to start work now. The closing date for submissions is 28 October, 2014, so you’ve got a fair bit of time to get to work.
Have a gander at the official website for more info on the contest and its rules.