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Epic Games & Mapcore's Unreal Tournament Level Design Contest


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Epic and Mapcore are teaming up! In an effort to push the custom content scene forward, we are hosting a Level Design contest for Unreal Tournament. We challenge you to create a new level for the “Team Showdown” game mode.

Phase 1 - ­Design (1 Month) 

Design a level for the new “Team Showdown” Mode in Unreal Tournament 4.
Focus on level flow, theme, weapon and spawn placements that compliments “Team Showdown”.

Contestants need to submit their designs before the May 2nd deadline on Mapcore’s contest forum

Phase 2 - Art and Polish (2 Months)

Use official art (Liandri, Castle, Chill and Snow Fortress assets) or your own.
Mesh and light the level.
Do a collision/blocking volume pass. 
The level must be functional.
The level must run at a reasonable framerate (dm­outpost23 is a good reference).

Contestants need to submit their designs before the July 4th deadline on Mapcore’s contest forum. Download links will be sent to Epic, who will judge all entries. Epic will also host a community playtest event of the final submissions. 

Rules

Small teams are allowed, for example, an artist and a designer.
Custom art is allowed, but use of official art is completely fine.
You can start art passing whenever you're ready. You don’t have to wait for the second phase.
You have to be willing to have your level tested and played in Unreal Tournament.
Must be designed for “Team Showdown” but that doesn't mean it won’t work for Deathmatch.    

Disclaimer 

Prizes will be sent to the individuals who post the submissions. We are not responsible for how teams wish to submit and divide their prizes. 

Judging and Prizes

The entire UT team will vote for their favorite submissions and the results will be shared on Unreal Tournament's Twitch channel.

First Place ($1650) + Swag
Second Place ($850) + Swag
Third Place ($500) + Swag
Fourth Place ­ Honorary Mention (Swag)
Fifth Place ­ Honorary Mention (Swag)    

Depending on the quality of entries, and work required to take the levels to release quality, Epic will evaluate the possibility of adding winning entries into the Marketplace or the game. Epic will work directly with the designers on any issues that need resolving (similar to dm­lea and ctf­pistola).

Good Luck!



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I have a question, I have a map that I've been working on for DM, Would it be possible to submit it into this contest? As I have already set it up to work for Showdown.

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8 hours ago, FX said:

I have a question, I have a map that I've been working on for DM, Would it be possible to submit it into this contest? As I have already set it up to work for Showdown.

The map has to be specifically made for this contest so that everybody has a level playing field. If what you've been working on hasn't been released before (no forum posts, no playtest sessions, etc) and it was just an early WIP, then yes, it's allowed. If not, then no, it's not allowed. However, you can use any assets you've made.  

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15 hours ago, Sprony said:

The map has to be specifically made for this contest so that everybody has a level playing field. If what you've been working on hasn't been released before (no forum posts, no playtest sessions, etc) and it was just an early WIP, then yes, it's allowed. If not, then no, it's not allowed. However, you can use any assets you've made.  

OK then, so 2 weeks... I can do this!  Ahhh!

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On 19/04/2016 at 0:27 AM, Sprony said:

The map has to be specifically made for this contest so that everybody has a level playing field. If what you've been working on hasn't been released before (no forum posts, no playtest sessions, etc) and it was just an early WIP, then yes, it's allowed. If not, then no, it's not allowed. However, you can use any assets you've made.  

Interesting... So if I posted about my bare bones shell map before I can't enter it but as long as I kept it secret I can enter a nearly finished map I've been working on for over a year.

Also, are you aware Clawfist on the Epic livestream specifically said both WIP maps and remakes could be entered?

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6 hours ago, MoxNix said:

 

Good point!  And I didn't know about remakes.  I've been mapping like a crazy fool the last couple of days, I hope I get it finished in time, the terrain tool is still buggy.

 

Interesting... So if I posted about my bare bones shell map before I can't enter it but as long as I kept it secret I can enter a nearly finished map I've been working on for over a year.

Also, are you aware Clawfist on the Epic livestream specifically said both WIP maps and remakes could be entered?

 

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9 hours ago, MoxNix said:

Interesting... So if I posted about my bare bones shell map before I can't enter it but as long as I kept it secret I can enter a nearly finished map I've been working on for over a year.

Also, are you aware Clawfist on the Epic livestream specifically said both WIP maps and remakes could be entered?

Theoretically, yes. But we're counting on good sportsmanship.

Yes, I'm aware of that. As stated before, as long as it hasn't been previously released and play tested and it has been changed for Showdown, you're good to go. So it depends on the WIP really. Remakes can be done if you've got permission from the original author (as stated by Clawfist), build it from scratch and change it for Showdown. 

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