Gbanga awarded $150,000 for «Voltron: Cubes of Olkarion»




The Universal GameDev Challenge invited developers to design a PC game that leveraged one of five Universal-owned brands. Nearly 550 submissions were received worldwide. The winner is Zurich based studio Gbanga.




Back to the Future, Jaws, Battlestar Galactica, DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender and Turok: There were five really iconic brands to choose. Gbanga opted for DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender and imagined a world where the villainous Zarkon finds a way to mass-produce more cubes. Judges selected «Voltron: Cubes of Olkarion» based on its instant playability of the game prototype and the game's potential for expansion into a commercial product. As the grand prize winner, Gbanga will receive $150,000 and a year-long consulting contract with Universal.

«With the Universal GameDev Challenge, we relished the opportunity to work with a blockbuster franchise», said Andreas Halter, game producer at Gbanga, «We're all huge fans of Voltron Legendary Defender, and having the opportunity to pour our love for this series into an exciting new game project is a dream come true».

«The response we received for the GameDev Challenge was very impressive», said Chris Heatherly, Executive Vice President, Games and Digital Platforms, Universal Brand Development. «We received pitches from hundreds of studios interested in working with our intellectual properties, and we were overwhelmed by the talent and passion that was on display».

(Press release/jd)