Freeverse and iDevGames Announce Winner of Original Mac Games Cup!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — JANUARY 13th, 2006 — Freeverse is proud to announce
that Escort Wing, by William Hogben and Stephen Johnson has won the first
OMG Cup! Second prize goes to Matt Diamond for Pawns and third place is
awarded to Will Thimbleby for Tracktor Beam.


The OMG Cup is a new game programming contest established by iDevGames
(, in connection with Freeverse
(, to encourage unique Mac game development. The
challenge of the contest was to create innovative Mac OS X games that
emphasize engaging gameplay – in only six weeks. A distinguished panel of
industry-leading professional game developers, artists, and software
engineers, selected the three winners based on a combination of gameplay,
originality, and overall presentation

Ian Lynch Smith, President of Freeverse has said, “Working with to sponsor the Original Mac Games contest has been a fantasic
experience. Encouraging original Mac game development is the only way to
keep the Mac a vital entertainment platform. I have been overwhelmed with
the quality and quantity of games submitted during the furious six week
contest. It’s an exciting time to be in Mac Games.”

“The OMG Cup was created to recognize the need for original Mac games as
well as to highlight the bright future of Mac gaming,” said Carlos Camacho,
Editor-in-Chief of iDevGames. “They, along with many talented independent
game developers in our community, are advancing the state of Mac gaming at
a grass-roots level.”

To play the three winning OMG Cup 2005 games, and the many great 30-plus
other entrants, please visit the OMG Cup downloads page at:

The official rules and more information may be found at:

About Freeverse
Freeverse strives to develop and publish seamless software, with a
particular concentration on the Mac OS. Our titles have received numerous
awards including four Apple Design Awards, two MacWorld “Best of Show”
awards and a Macworld Magazine “Game Hall of Fame.” Our original characters
have appeared in TimeDigital, Wired, and Animation World magazines, as well
as television commercials for Blockbuster Video. Headquartered in New York
City, Freeverse draws upon the talents of artists, programmers and sound
designers from around the globe.

About iDevGames
Established in 1998, iDevGames’ mission is to educate, support, and enhance
the Macintosh Game Developer community. We also hope to facilitate the
exchange between developers and designers so that the Macintosh game market
can expand and improve. iDevGames features articles, the latest industry
news, tutorials, an active forum, downloads, and much more for Macintosh
Game Developers.