Microsoft has opened a competition to inspire independent UK developers to make and publish Windows game apps to the Windows 8 App Store.
Having launched its Windows 8 operating system, the platform holder is looking to “support and foster” a vibrant and successful sector by giving developers, and their titles, the best chance of success through profile and discoverability.

The competition began this week and closes on December 14th, 2012.
All Windows 8 game apps submitted as part of the competition will be initially reviewed by a Microsoft panel of judges who will shortlist 10 games that will be submitted to the final judging panel of Microsoft and independent judges, which includes Microsoft Studios, UKIE, The Trailer Farm, Yo Yo Games, Nokia, TIGA, Train2Game, Dolby Sounds and selected media.
The final judging decision will be made by Friday, January 11th, 2013. Games will be judged on originality of the game idea, design and artwork, use of Windows 8 app features and graphical UI, playability of the game and use of audio.