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Mozilla promotes Web for open gaming with hackathon and Game On competition

Mozilla is hosting a two-day hackathon this weekend in order to promote the Internet as a valid gaming platform, as well as to highlight the forthcoming Game On competition.

The event, called the Game On Game Jam, begins at 18.30 this evening at the Mozilla Space in London. A parallel event is simultaneously being staged in New York. The event will include introductions, guest speakers and plenty of creativity and coding, as participants attempt to develop new games.

However, the Game Jam is effectively a precursor to Mozilla's upcoming Game On competition, established to "Show what's possible using the web as an open gaming platform for the world."

Hopefuls are required to put forward playable prototypes built on open source technologies such as HTML and JavaScript, which can work on modern browsers without plugins. Games that push the limits of open Web technology are most desired.

There are three categories for developers to target. These are Hackable, Multi-Device and Web-Only.

The Grand Prize includes a free trip to the 2013 Game Developer Conference in San Francisco and the chance to get your game listed in the Mozilla marketplace. All category winners will receive an Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 GPI.

Marble Run was last year's competition winner.

Developers will have to submit their Game On entries by 24 January 2013.