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Great Canadian Appathon

Gaming Face Off Awards $45,000 in Cash and Prizes

Top three finalists in Great Canadian Appathon show off the games they developed over 48 hours to panel of judges with Team Masheen, makers of Super Punch taking top prize

Toronto, Ontario – April 7th, 2011 — Over the weekend of March 11, college and university students across Canada raced against the clock to create a mobile game in under 48 hours as part of the Great Canadian Appathon. Today the top three teams showed off the games they made to a panel of judges. Edmonton's Team Masheen, who created superhero-themed Super Punch took top prize of $25,000.

Sponsored by the National Post, XMG Studio, Telus, Microsoft and KPMG, the Great Canadian Appathon also awarded $10,000 to the second place Team Sheldon for their game Valley Raid and $1,000 to Team Plasmium for their entry Resistor 5. A variety of category prizes were awarded to nine other teams from across the country.

Approximately 300 students on 100 teams spent the weekend beginning March 11, 2011 working to develop the next great mobile game. In the end more than 50 games were completed and submitted. The judges reviewed the games and the top three entries were chosen to participate in a live face off in Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square which took place earlier today.

Each team played their game live for the judging panel and the live audience. After conferring, the judges announced the winners and awarded the prizes.

The game development team from XMG Studio will work with Team Masheen to polish their game and publish it into the Windows Phone 7 Market.

About the Great Canadian Appathon

The Great Canadian Appathon is a game development competition presented by The National Post and Canadian game developer XMG Studio and sponsored by KPMG, Microsoft and Telus. The competition is open to college and university students coast-to-coast. Up-and-coming coders will race against the clock to design and create a mobile game in under 48-hour and submit it for a chance to win $45,000is cash and prizes including a $25,000 grand prize. More information and team registration can be found at www.xmgstudio.com.