Game devs, assemble! The winners of the Unity Writing Contest by Tatum Games and HackerNoon are announced. First, a brief overview of the contest. We published 61 stories during the contest generating 125k reads and 14 days of reading time. We thank Tatum Games, all the participants and our readers in making this contest a success! Y’all are winners 💚
The Unity Writing Contest Winners
As we know, the contest had 3 rounds. Every month, we announced the finalists for each round and asked our community to comment which stories they liked the best. Our editors read your comments and voted for the stories they liked the best. Here are the finalists and winners for each round:
The Unity Writing Contest, Round 1
Here’s the list of top 10 finalists:
- The Hidden Gems of Game Analytics: Unveiling Trends and Insights for Game Developers by @ivyhackwell
- From Pixels to Profits: Boosting Revenue with Analytics in Game Development by @dylanmich
- The Hacker's Nemesis: Strengthening Game Security to Ward Off Intrusions by @lonewolf
- Optimizing Performance and Boosting FPS in Unity Games by @codelynx
- Memory Mastery: Comparing Unity and .NET Garbage Collection by @dmitrii
- Unreal Engine vs. Unity: Choosing the Right Game Development Platform by @davidmustard
- Monetizing Your Unity Games: Strategies for Success by @davidmustard
- Achieving Mastery: How Analytics Drives Game Balancing and Tuning by @codelynx
- Guardians of the Game: How Online Gaming Developers Continue to Combat Trolls and Hackers by @0xjoel
And the winner of the first round is
In the past, games were often static experiences that offered limited replayability. However, with live operations, developers can adapt and respond to player expectations in real-time. By actively listening to the community and analyzing player data, developers can identify pain points, introduce new features, and fine-tune the gameplay experience. The result? A game that stays relevant and keeps players coming back for more.
Congratulations,@dylanmich! You have won $1000.
The Unity Writing Contest, Round 2
First, let’s have a look at the finalists:
And the clear winner with the highest number of editorial and community votes is
Network technologies aren't isolated from the physical world and are subject to several physical limitations: bandwidth, latency, connection reliability — all of these factors are important to consider when developing networked games.
Understanding these basic principles and constraints will help you better evaluate the possible solutions and strategies required for the successful network integration of your games.
Well-deserved,@dmitrii! You have won $1000!
The Unity Writing Contest, Round 3
Here are the top 10 finalists of the third and final round:
- Creating Immersive Virtual Reality Experiences With Unity by @jamesjohnson.
- Unity Realtime Multiplayer, Part 2: TCP, UDP, WebSocket Protocols by @dmitrii.
- Unity AI: Creating Intelligent NPCs and Enemy Behaviors by @awesomemike.
- The Top 5 Unity Assets Every Game Developer Should Have by @davidmustard.
- Designing Captivating Game Characters with Unity's Animation Tools by @lonewolf.
- Unity Realtime Multiplayer, Part 3: Reliable UDP Protocol by @dmitrii.
- Game Analytics – A Tale of Different Faces by @oliveremeka.
- Unity Realtime Multiplayer, Part 6: Game Network Topologies by @dmitrii.
- Mastering Unity's Coroutines by @infinity
- Unity Realtime Multiplayer, Part 4: Overcoming NAT Challenges by @dmitrii
Drum roll for the third and final winner of the contest:
Game analytics has become widely established to great benefits, but as with any new technology, a number of other effects have come out of the technology which may not have been what it was originally intended for.
Yay, @oliveremeka! You’ve bagged $1000.
Congratulations to all the winners! We will contact y’all via email to share the next steps. Visit contests.hackernoon.com to learn more about running and upcoming contests.
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The HackerNoon writing contests primarily aim to celebrate quality content and recruit educational stories for our community. We congratulate all the finalists. However, the Editorial team can ban a writer and/or disqualify a story if we find any misconduct like plagiarism, copyright infringement, or disinformation.