The finalists in Atari's iOS Pong Indie Developer Challenge have been announced, and all seven game submissions look suspiciously like variations of Pong
. The finalists in the competition are PegPeg's Retro Pong
, Delusions' Pong Tournament 2012
, Island Officials' Pong EVO
, Fishbowl Productions' Pong 4033
, zGames' Pong World
, Eppy Games' Fong
, and Mad Ruse Games' Pong Tournament
The first-place team wins $50,000, the second-place team gets $37,500, third place gets $15,000, and the rest of the finalists automatically win $5,000 and a long-term publishing agreement with Atari to split revenue on the finished apps.
In January, Atari claimed copyright infringement on "hundreds
" of games on the iOS App Store, as part of the company's plan to "vigorously protect its intellectual property."
Final submissions to the challenge are now being put to a public vote, with the winning game set to be announced on August 2. One of the submissions, Pong Tournament
by Mad Ruse Games, can be viewed above.