Angry Birds and Glow Hockey win $100,000 in Palm's PDK Hot Apps Competition
Palm also dished out smaller cash prizes to runners-up, including $50,000 each for 8 second-place winners (4 paid, 4 free) and $10,000 each to 30 different winners in the next tier down (15 paid, 15 free). 100 developers, also with a 50/50 paid/free split, got to choose between $1,000 in HP store credit or an HP Envy 17 laptop.
While this sounds like a great opportunity for smaller developers, well known game developers dominated the contest. Gameloft (makers of the official Uno app, Oregon Trail, and popular first-person shooter N.O.V.A.) scored 25 different prizes, and powerhouses Glu Mobile, Electronic Arts and Hexage each had several prize-winning apps. Many of the winners were ports of successful Android and iPhone titles.
Still, if Palm can shell out a little cash to entice developers to create WebOS ports of top games, it's good news for Palm users. Where were all of the great non-game apps in this contest, though?