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Game Art Contest "Battle of the SuperModelers" Launches

April 10, 2008

GameRecruiter Launches Debut 3D Art Contest "Battle of the SuperModelers" Winners to Receive Prizes from Alienware, Autodesk, Wacom and Gnomon Workshop.

GameRecruiter, the leader in recruitment services for the interactive entertainment industry, is excited to announce the launch of their debut 3D artwork contest for the games industry, the “Battle of the SuperModelers.” Presented in celebration of GameRecruiter’s 20th anniversary in the games business, the “Battle of the SuperModelers” is a one-of-a-kind digital art contest designed to support and promote professional and student 3D artists in the games community. Game artists are invited to create an original real-time character model of a monster, creature, robot or alien that might be found in a fantasy, sci-fi or horror game and submit their 3D art entry online by Friday, August 15, 2008. The contest Grand Prize Winner and three finalists will receive a combined total $50,000-worth of digital art tools and technology from contest sponsors Alienware, Autodesk, Wacom and The Gnomon Workshop.

Marc Mencher, CEO of GameRecruiter, states “As part of our company’s 20th anniversary, we wanted to demonstrate our boundless support of the 3D art community in the games industry. We feel that 3D artists are often the unsung heroes of the games world, considering that they are creating game characters and environments that consumers recognize and enjoy for years to come. We felt it was time for 3D game artists to have a public forum to show their original modeling work, and be acknowledged and rewarded for their efforts. GameRecruiter is proud to be the organization behind such a worthwhile effort, and looks forward to giving exposure to many deserving 3D artists.”

The “Battle of the SuperModelers” Grand Prize package features the Area-51® m15x high performance notebook from Alienware, accompanied by a Cintiq 12 WX Interactive Pen Display from Wacom. Designed for both performance and portability, the Alienware® Area-51® m15x features an Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800M GTX high performance graphics, dual hard drive capability, and a multitude of customization options making it the fastest 15.4 notebook Alienware has ever created. At just 4.4 pounds, the new Cintiq 12WX combines the advantages of a wide-format LCD monitor with Wacom's patented, professional pen technology to provide all the advantages of direct pen-on-screen input in a low profile, lightweight design.

“Alienware is thrilled to be a sponsor of this year’s ‘Battle of the SuperModelers’ contest,” said Claudina Lopez, Marketing Manager for Alienware. “We recognize that both professional and student 3D artists are vital part of the continuing growth of today’s gaming industry. Alienware works hard to provide the most immersive experience for the PC gamer and we’re delighted to support GameRecruiter’s exciting competition, which rewards the hard-working individuals that bring games to life.”

Three “Battle of the SuperModelers” finalist winners will each win a Wacom Intuos 3 (6 x 8”) pressure-sensitive tablet. The Intuos3 professional pen tablet makes it easy to quickly and professionally edit photos and create digital artwork by turning on the full power of over 100 other leading software applications. Users can create universal settings for their pen and tablet or alter their settings by application for maximum productivity.

All four “Battle of the SuperModelers” prize packages include a selection of software from Autodesk®, including Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk MotionBuilder™ and Autodesk®Mudbox™. These top-of-the-line applications from Autodesk allow 3D artists to create stunning high-resolution environments, characters, and character performances quickly. Autodesk delivers real-time tools for tackling the most demanding, animation-intensive projects, introduces groundbreaking new rendering technologies, and offers is the premier digital sculpting application for professional artists. Its fast, intuitive tools and workflows let you create high-resolution models quickly and efficiently.

Each of the four “Battle of the SuperModelers” winners will also receive a variety of 3D art instructional DVD’s from acclaimed Gnomon Workshop. The Gnomon Workshop provides a comprehensive library of training DVD’s for artists and students wishing to further their skills in the visual arts. Used by people all over the world, their library consists of over 200 DVDs taught by leading artists working in the traditional, gaming and entertainment industries. Whether it is modeling, animating, painting, Maya or Zbrush, The Gnomon Workshop DVD’s bring artists the inspiration and tools they need to further their talents and take their work to the next level.

The four finalist winners will be judged on their final real-time model by a panel of industry judges. Judges will be announced by June 1, 2008. Fifty art entries will make it to the finals and be displayed on the GameRecruiter contest page. Deadline to enter is Friday, August 15, 2008. Winners will be announced by Monday, September 15, 2008. Learn more about “Battle of the SuperModelers” contest prizes and entry guidelines at: http://gamerecruiter.com/artcontest

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