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Entelect Challenge 2016

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Entelect Challenge, previously known as the Entelect R100K Challenge, and to celebrate, we’ve shaken things up in a big way!

This year’s challenge is centred around the classic 1980’s maze-based game, Bomberman – with a twist. Multiple players will be abandoned in an unknown maze with just a single bomb. Their goal - to outwit their opponents to be the last one standing! Taking advantage of various power-ups, players must explore the dark corners of the maze to accumulate points by bombing everything and everyone in their path. In the end, the surviving player with the most points will be victorious!

A total of R200 000 in cash will be up for grabs! This year, prize money will be awarded to the top 8 performing bots and, like previous years, the best GUI Challenge entrant. All entrants will play-off at a special event held in September in front of gaming and technology media, where we will announce our finalists who will battle it out for the top spot on stage at the rAge expo in October 2016.

The Challenge is designed to test the creativity and programming skills of entrants by requiring competitors to design and write their own AI players for a game. The initiative is open to contestants of all levels including students, novice coders and professional developers.

The competition closes on Friday 2 September, with an entertaining play-off event on 17 September that will be attended by gaming and technology media. The grand finale will be held on 8 October at the rAge main stage. Players can visit http://challenge.entelect.co.za/ for more information. Entelect is proud to bring this annual competition to the local software development community and we are very excited to witness the unfolding of the 2016 Challenge, which this year has incorporated significant changes from player feedback.