Warner Bros. Announces Hitman 2 Sniper Assassin Competition

Warner Bros. Interactive is holding a contest leading up to the release of Hitman 2 in which you could get into the game. Well, your face, at least.

To prove your worth, you’ll first need to pre-order Hitman 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or Steam. This will grant you access to the standalone “Sniper Assassin” mode, which is free to play now in early access. Then you’ll need to register for an IOI account in order to enter the contest.

As Agent 47, you’ll be playing in “solo” mode in the Sniper Assassin mode, and aim for not just your targets, but the high scores via the in-game leaderboards. Upon the competition’s conclusion on November 6th, 2018, those who have managed to net the top score for each respective gaming platform will be determined.

You probably figured this out by it even being mentioned here, but this competition is indeed open to Canadians — minus Quebec:

***PURCHASE NECESSARY. YOU MUST PRE-ORDER THE HITMAN 2 VIDEO GAME PRIOR TO 7:00 AM UNIVERSAL TIME COORDINATED (UTC) ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018 TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST. Open only to legal residents of the United States of America, Canada (excluding Quebec), Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Netherlands (excluding Dutch Caribbean), Belgium, Australia and New Zealand who are at least 18 years of age and who prior to July 24, 2018 have Internet access, a valid e-mail address, an IOI Account, and either PlayStation® Network, Microsoft PC or Xbox One™ equipment and account. Contest begins on or about 7am UTC on 2018/24/07 and ends 7am UTC on November 6, 2018. Visit https://hitman.com/competition for complete official rules for full details. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Sponsor: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Inc., 4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg. 160, Burbank, CA 91522 USA.

For further rules and details, be sure to check out the official contest webpage.

Hitman 2 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam on November 13th, 2018. For more information on the game, visit the official website, or check them out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitch.

A worldwide contest was recently announced by Univeral Games and Unity Technologies, the “Universal GameDev Challenge,” which is sponsored by Microsoft and Intel. The goal is to reach out to Unity developers around the world to build a PC game which utilizes one of five of the following intellectual properties owned by Universal: Jaws, Battlestar Galactica, DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, Turok, and my personal favorite, Back to the Future.

The winner and the runner-up will not only take home a combined cash prize worth $250,000, but also a consulting contract with Microsoft, Unity, and Universal.

According to the announcement, “this marks the first time that Universal is providing developers with an open invitation to create games based on some of its most popular films and television shows. Independent game developers will have a unique opportunity to work on NBCUniversal IP and share their creative vision.”

What’s more, none other than Back to the Future co-creator, co-writer, and co-producer Bob Gale will be one of the four judges on the contest’s panel. Joining him will be Geogrify Chief Executive Officer and Principal Consultant Kate Edwards, Voltron Legendary Defender showrunner and Co-executive Producer for Dreamworks TV Lauren Montgomery, and GamesBeat Lead Writer Dean Takahashi.

“The partnership between Unity and Universal, with sponsorship from Intel and Microsoft, is the perfect blend of advanced hardware and software, combined with classic film and TV properties, which we believe will inspire our developer community to bring those brands to life in a game of their dreams,” said Unity Technologies Vice President of Marketing, Kat Strafford. “We can’t wait to see the incredible content that comes to life from the Universal GameDev Challenge.”

“The Universal Games Dev Challenge is an entirely new approach for entertainment and media companies to work with the indie game community,” adds Universal Brand Development Executive Vice President of Games and Digital Platforms, Chris Heatherly. “The incredible properties we are showcasing in this contest are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the vast portfolio of IP we have at NBCUniversal. This is a fresh and innovative way for us to find developers who are passionate about bringing those properties to life through games.”

It should be interesting (and hopefully exciting) to see what the indie gaming community comes up with for these properties. Some have already been featured across multiple video games before — Turok is especially notable in this regard, as he might even be better known today for his video game appearances than the comic books which spawned them. Meanwhile, Back to the Future has seen highs and lows, from the praised Back to the Future: The Game by Telltale Games on more recent platforms to the maligned Back to the Future for the Nintendo Entertainment System, and various others in-between. Jaws has seen even less fortune in this arena, with the most notorious being the NES title that came from the same publisher as that platform’s Back to the Future titles, the now long-defunct LJN.

Universal announced last year that they were significantly building up their games division with the intent of taking on a more active approach to both developing and publishing titles. The Universal GameDev Challenge marks one of their first “bold” steps moving forward.

For more information about the Universal GameDev Challenge, including rules, terms, how to submit your project, and more, visit the Unity Connect page here and click on “Briefing”. For the full press release, which includes the Challenge Timeline, visit BackToTheFuture.com.

March 3rd marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and to celebrate, Nintendo of Canada is giving away a Switch! …plus one of every amiibo available.

That’s right, you can be the one to walk away with not only the hottest new handheld/console hybrid of this generation, but also a whopping 143 amiibo figures as well, so you can put that NFC reader right to work in hits such as Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Bayonetta 2, and more!

So, what do you have to do? Simple! Between now and March 16th, Nintendo wants to see how the Switch has inspired the way you play, and by using the hashtags #1YearWithNintendoSwitch & #NintendoContest at the beginning of a tweet (this is a Twitter contest, by the way, so sign up if you haven’t already), you can share with them your artwork, photos, or videos celebrating this occasion. For further details, click here.

On top of all that, Nintendo also has a variety of Nintendo Switch (and Nintendo 3DS) offers that are underway right now, and you can find out more about those right here.

kirbycontestFirst, my humblest apologies for the lateness on this one– I didn’t receive a press release nor promotional e-mail on this one. Fortunately, there are still a few days left, and Kirby’s not the hardest character to pull off, but I digress.

Nintendo of Canada is currently running a contest which calls for Kirby fans to create their own Kirby transformation out of clay for a chance to win a digital copy of Kirby and the Rainbow Curse or a Kirby amiibo.

Tweet or post on Facebook a picture of your Kirby clay creation and tag it with #KirbyClayChallenge and #NintendoContestEntry to enter! Here at Nintendo of Canada, we accepted this challenge and crafted our own clay Kirbys. If you want to see examples, just ‘Like’ us on Facebook or ‘Follow’ us on Twitter for updates.

Some of their work and the official rules can be found on the Nintendo of Canada website. The contest ends at 11:59pm ET on February 19th, 2015. If you aren’t able to enter or simply don’t win, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse will be available the next day, February 20th.

I meant to get this up sooner, but here is a quick reminder that the Super Smash Club meet-up is this weekend– tomorrow, in fact.

As per the announcement, the fans have shown themselves and voted on the rules. All that is left is to attend the events and get ready to smash!

Speaking of the rules, the ones chosen by the fans are as follows:

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Personally speaking, the only rule I have any beef with is no items but the Smash Ball– I love a bit of chaotic and creative uses of supplemental hardware. Oh well, no big deal.

The main events are now at capacity, but if you’re not attending any of those, then you can find times and locations for additional events here, or in the graphic below:

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Finally, Nintendo and the Electric Playground Network have joined forces to offer you a chance to win a trip to Toronto, Ontario for the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launch! All you have to do is submit the entry form found here, and you and a guest could be in for a round-trip flight to T.O. with a three-night hotel stay and $500 in spending money via a prepaid VISA card.

Oh, and of course you’ll get a copy of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, as well as VIP access to the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launch event itself.

The deadline is 11:59 PM on October 31st, 2014, so don’t delay! All further details can be found on the EPN contest page.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is barreling towards a February 21st release, and given the weather we’ve been experiencing lately, something about it all just seems incredibly apt. From now until the 20th of February, however, Nintendo of Canada is holding a special contest for Canadians to win a trip for four to Whistler Blackcomb, along with a Wii U Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze prize pack.

How do you win? First, watch the following video:

That’s right: This crate full of frozen bananas could be your ticket to fame and fortune! Or, well, a vacation and what looks to be a cool (sorry) game on a fun system. Just count the bananas for your chance to win (along with filling out the contest entry form on Facebook, of course).

To learn more about the game, visit the official website. As for the contest rules:

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to residents of Canada who are at least 13 years old at time of entry. Math skill-test required. Contest closes February 20, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. 1 Grand Prize available to be won, consisting of an adventure trip for 4 to Whistler Blackcomb in BC, including flights, accommodation, lift tickets and equipment rentals, private lesson, plus 1 Wii U™ system, 1 Donkey Kong Country™: Tropical Freeze game, 1 Wii Remote Plus controller and 1 Nunchuk™ controller, ARV $9,740 (based on Toronto departure). 5 Second Prizes available to be won, each consisting of 1 Wii U™ system, 1 Donkey Kong Country™: Tropical Freeze game, 1 Wii Remote™ Plus controller and 1 Nunchuk™ controller, ARV $410 each. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Full Contest Rules at http://www.nintendo.ca.

One thing I don’t get, though, is the requirement for winning. Does the number have to be exact? Or will the person who comes closest be able to claim the prize? Following the link for full contest rules takes you to a graphic with the above text, and following the link there leads you to Facebook, all in a perpetual circle. Whatever the case, best of luck to those who enter!

As you may have seen on TV, Taco Bell Canada is currently running a contest where you could win one of 12,000 Xbox 360 prize packages, including a copy of Halo 4, instant Xbox LIVE points, or even a custom Taco Bell Xbox 360 console. To enter, you simply need to order a combo with a Burrito Supreme, a Crunchwrap Supreme, or a Fries Supreme and enter the PIN number you receive either on Xbox LIVE or on xbox.ca for your chance to win.

And if it helps, you can visit the coupon tab of their Facebook page to get a coupon for a free Chicken or Steak Burrito Supreme when you purchase a Chicken or Steak Burrito Supreme with fries and a 20 oz. drink.