May 25, 2007, Brentwood Bay, Canada: To encourage participation in MobileRated's free and legal mobile phone games download site, MobileRated initiated a contest for developers. The contest ran from October 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007. The most popular game, based upon downloads as per contest rules, would win $500 Canadian. The winning game was Jamtris, by Jamos Games.
While many professional game companies participated in the contest, the winning entry was an open-source game, proving yet again the power of the open source movement. Open source software enables developers to share source code and ideas, and collaboration enables rapid development cycles.
"Compared to regular open source computer software, writing an open source mobile phone game has proved to generate very little feedback," said game creator Tomas Larsson. "Users tend to download the software and use it, but not to get involved and interact with the community in the way that happens with computer-based open source software. Therefore, getting feedback from MobileRated.com users and receiving recognition for my creation - in the form of this award - is highly valuable to me and has really motivated me to continue development of the new versions of the Jamtris game."
MobileRated is an excellent forum for open source development as its community of users provides game developers with reviews, game ratings, and other feedback that can be used to enhance development of new products.
The success of Jamtris is a combination of game appeal, recognition factor, wide handset support, and suitability for the mobile platform. This combination made Jamtris appealing for first time visitors to the MobileRated site while remaining a favourite for repeat visitors. It also crossed the gender and age lines, being well received by both male and female gamers of all ages.
Interested game developers should join our developer program at http://www.mobilerated.com/developer/.
The MobileRated free mobile phone app store offers over 55,000 games and applications to over 6,000 mobile phone models. As an independent, open market business, MobileRated's app store is available globally without restrictions in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. MobileRated offers a mix of open source, demos/trials, ad-supported, and totally free products in over 20 categories. All products are searchable, ratable, reviewable and sortable, providing our customers with powerful tools to easily find exactly what they are looking for.
While content is always free to customers, MobileRated technology such as FreePlay and AppPromote enable MobileRated partners to generate indirect revenues and maximize customer downloads. MobileRated partners with hundreds of mobile developers around the globe.
The MobileRated app store is owned by Kalador Entertainment Inc.