Overwolf app development contest for Guild Wars 2

ArenaNet and Overwolf invite you to participate in the Guild Wars 2 App Challenge, sponsored by Wickr. Create beautiful and useful apps that will make Guild Wars 2 players say "WOW". Battle it out for the chance of winning epic prizes! Bring a sharp mind and amazing style, leave the armor and battle axes at home. Are you up to the challenge? Join now!

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Submission phase ends in:

You must submit your app by May 15th, 2015 to participate in the challenge. Make sure you have a complete Overwolf app, with all required assets.

The first 20 submitted apps get a Plantronics RIG! Learn more.

prizes

General

Apps that are useful in any way to Guild Wars 2 players. As general as a "General" category could be

winner

gw2 dye collection
by Juuso Soikkeli

About the app: Dye Collection helps you keep track of your collected dyes in Guild Wars 2. Search dyes, mark dyes as owned, see the current Trading Post price of dyes.

Juuso is getting: $4,000 Cash, Plantronics RIG, Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition, and 10,000 Gems.

runner-up

Shinies
by Veledar

About the app: Shinies lets players track their legendary weapon progress. Whether you are new to the game or a seasoned veteran you will always know where you are at with your legendary progress!

Veledar is getting: $1,000 Cash, Plantronics RIG, and 6,000 Gems.

Competitive

Apps that enhance and add new functionality to World vs. World or Player vs. Player modes (or even both)

winner

PvP Build Manager
by Lucas Salton Cardinali

About the app: PvP Build Manager aim is to help you store your favorite PvP Builds for easy and quick access.

Lucas Salton Cardinali is getting: $4,000 Cash, Plantronics RIG, Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition, and 10,000 Gems.

runner-up

Trait Saver
by Neno0o

About the app: Trait Saver will allow you to easily save multiple builds for your characters for different situations.

Neno0o is getting: $1,000 Cash, Plantronics RIG, and 6,000 Gems.

Player Experience

Apps that improve the quality of life for Guild Wars 2 players and add a little convenience to players (unrelated to competitive modes)

winner

Guild Wars 2 Pocket Knife
by Julian Aziz Haslinger

About the app: Guild Wars 2 Pocket Knife will help you by various different tasks. It offers you trading Post improvements, Boss timer, integrated Twitch streams and much more!

Julian Aziz Haslinger is getting: $4,000 Cash, Plantronics RIG, Guild Wars 2 Collector's Edition, and 10,000 Gems.

runner-up

Who's Talking? for Guild Wars 2
aRestless

About the app: Who's Talking? allows you to share your own position in the game with other Who's Talking? users on your TeamSpeak server.

aRestless is getting: $1,000 Cash, Plantronics RIG, and 6,000 Gems.

Guild Wars 2 API

ArenaNet has built a Guild Wars 2 API that allows developers of third-party applications to access data directly from the Guild Wars 2 servers.

You can access the current list of items and recipes, get listings from the Trading Post, information about items and maps, and more! You can check all the details of the Guild Wars 2 API on this page and interact with Guild Wars 2 API developer on this forum, where a vibrant community of application developers exist and help each other. You can also find API wrappers for your favorite programming language here. Make sure you read the API Terms of Use that you have to comply with if you use this API.

The Judges

  • ArenaNet’s Content Marketing team will be taking the lead on judging your applications. They’re composed of the following people: Regina Buenaobra (Team Lead), Stéphane Lo Presti, Rubi Bayer, Joshua Davis, David Ortiz (European Communications Team Lead), Ramon Domke, Stéphanie Bourguet. They will also be helped by some of the Guild Wars 2 developers themselves!

App Ideas

We want you to express your creativity, to imagine new, cool Guild Wars 2 applications that will amaze players and will change the way they play the game. In case you need some inspiration, you can first check what players created for the previous app challenge.

There’s also a list of applications using the Guild Wars 2 API that you may find useful.

The Guild Wars 2 forums is a place where lots of players share suggestions, ideas, so you can pick up a good one there.

Feel free to start small, experiment, and ask players for feedback. Iterate your development for maximum rewards!

Not a developer, but want to have an impact? why not suggest an app idea on the app ideas page. Developers, this is a great place to see what your fellow players might want to see.

contest timeline

feb 25th

Challenge starts

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may 15th

Challenge ends

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june 1st

Winners announced

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Registration and submission

In order to participate in the challenge you must sign up and submit your app by May 15th, 2015. Sign up early, as you'll get additional information and updates via email. You can find additional information about the submission process and Overwolf apps here.

Any submissions after May 15th, 2015 will be disqualified from the challenge. Read the full terms.

Development Process

You can craft great apps using your imagination and coding skills. Fuse these with the Overwolf and Guild Wars 2 API's, sprinkle some 3rd party API's on top, and you get great apps inside PC games. Remember, you must create an Overwolf app. To make things fun(ctional), use the web-based SDK, and if you're into C/C++, take a stab at the NPAPI plugin (you can even use it to easily port existing apps). Last but not least, you can also use any 3rd party web API.

Overwolf SDK

Use the Overwolf SDK (ODK) to get information from the game and present HTML and JS content inside PC games. Overwolf has an expansive list of API’s and we support all 3rd part web API’s out there. Learn more.

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faq

Q: So how much time do I have to develop and when will you announce the winners?

A: The development and submission phase of the competition starts on February 25th, 2015 and Ends on May 15th, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be announced on June 1st, 2015.

Q: What app should I develop?

A: Pretty much anything you can think of. Try asking around on Guild Wars 2 forums, or try your gamer friends - what would they like to see? You can also use our app suggestion page.

Q: How many apps may I submit?

A: No limit to the amount of apps you may submit, but make sure you're happy with your first app before rushing on.

Q: How can I promote my application to players?

A: You can post about it on the Guild Wars 2 forums, share it on this page of the Guild Wars 2 wiki, and even use social media - for example, using the #GW2APP hashtag on Twitter

Q: Do I have to use the Guild Wars 2 API for my app?

A: No, you don’t have to use the Guild Wars 2 API, it is completely optional. All you have to do is deliver an app for Guild Wars 2 and its community.

Q: So how exactly the 20 first submissions get a Plantronics RIG?

A: The 20 first qualifying apps will get a RIG headset (one per app). A qualifying app is a fully functional app that can be uploaded to the Overwolf store as-is (Overwolf will decide on the quality of apps). Apps submitted as part of this promotion don't have to be the final product and can be still updated before the contest ends.

Q: But I have sooo many questions! Where can I find the answers?

A: Our developer's forum has all the answers to your problems (most of them anyways).

About Guild Wars 2

Guild Wars® 2 is a visually stunning MMO, a living world that offers players the epic grandeur of a massive role playing environment combined with innovative combat mechanics, dynamic events and customized personal storytelling, as well as fast-paced competitive play with team-based PvP and massive World vs. World battles. Building on the success of Guild Wars, NCSOFT and game developer ArenaNet™ have created a MMO that lets gamers play the way they want, while at the same time retaining the no-subscription-fee business model that made the original Guild Wars so popular. For more details on Guild Wars 2, please visit www.guildwars2.com.

About Overwolf

Overwolf is an in-game overlay software that adds epic apps to PC games, used by millions of gamers worldwide. Some of Overwolf’s apps include a web browser, video recorder, and Twitch streaming app. Overwolf also sports a variety of game-specific apps, like the WoW talent calculator and Wowhead app, and the Battlefield Battlelog. Overwolf has created an extensive SDK which allows creating web-based apps using HTML and JS (there's also NPAPI plugin support). The apps will be made available for download from the Appstore, and thus shared with millions of gamers worldwide.

About Wickr

The Wickr app enables anyone to send text, audio, picture and video messages that are private, secure, anonymous and expiring for free. Wickr recently won the Editors’ Choice for Best Overall Messaging App, beating WhatsApp, Snapchat, Viber and Google Hangouts in PC Magazine. Wickr allows game developers and publishers to offer their branded, white label mobile and desktop communicator to their players. This gives them the ability to engage their users on their favorite device, the mobile phone, and when using their favorite app, a messenger.

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