9leap: D2C And UEI Launch Program For Young Smartphone Game Creators

Do you know a student in Japan who is under 25 years of age and who can create cool smartphone games? If yes, 9leap, a new program that just launched, might be of interest to you.

9leap is the brain child of Tokyo-based D2 Communications (D2C) – a joint venture between Dentsu and NTT Docomo – and tech company Ubiquitous Entertainment (UEI). The program runs from May to December this year, with the first part lasting from May 1 to August 31 and the second part from September 1 to December 31.

Applicants are supposed to create an original smartphone game (based on JavaScript) and present it to a jury whose members include, for example, legendary game maker Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the CEOs of D2C and UEI etc.

The prizes the successful applicants get include MacBooks, the chance to attend the Game Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco for free (plus there is a number of other bells and whistles).

You can check out details on the 9leap website as well as in this press release (in Japanese).

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Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.

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Serkan Toto

Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.