After months of preparation and organizing, we can finally announce that we have been officially accepted into the AppCampus program!
Here’s a brief explanation:
The joint venture between Microsoft, Aalto University (Finland) and Nokia was established at a cost of $23 million to promote quality app development on Windows Phone. AppCampus has revealed that it has distributed the first $1 million of its budget on 36 developers out of a total of 900 submissions.
At an average of $30,000 per-app, the joint venture will be looking at individual investments between $25,000 and $80,000 over the course of the programme. TechCrunch were informed by Pekka Sivonen, head of AppCampus, that apps developed through the programme are expected to start being released in October. Said apps will run exclusively on Windows Phone, as well as “other Nokia platforms”, for the first six months.
As with most things, it all started with a Llama. At RogueCode we had been throwing around a game idea for a while but didn’t have the resources (read: free time) to make it happen. So we put all our planning docs together, gathered our designs, and submitted them to AppCampus. Oh, and we made the worlds cheesiest (yes, intentionally!) video.
AppCampus has been great with communication, but it took us months to get our Windows Phone business account verified with Symantec. But that’s finally done, and we are now in the programme!
We will be making a game based on Llamas for Windows Phone 8. Besides that, I cannot say. But here is a photo of a Llama (that I took in the U.A.E).