Parimatch hailed its first ‘Global Sports & Games Hackathon’ as an unbridled success, as participants in 48-hour programming created more than 100 ideas.
Hosted from 7-9 August, the hackathon organized by the ‘Parimatch Tech’ team of the betting company and the esports venture capital fund JKR saw more than 400 developers, project managers, marketers and designers working together to invent all the components relevant to core igaming and sports wagering disciplines.
The two-day event drew developers from nine countries including Ukraine, Germany , Spain, Belarus and Poland to review projects submitted by a total of 37 teams for Parimatch Tech and JKR.
The hackathon is part of the ongoing corporate development program of Parimatch group, which nurtures and develops tope engineering talent.
Stepan Shulga, Parimatch ‘s head of esports, commented: “It is great to see people keep generating ideas, even though they can’t get together in the same room as normal. An online hackathon is a new format for us and we are pleased with the result: organisers, judges, and mentors saw many different high concept ideas being generated.”
Nikolay Ursatiy’s engineering duo and Sergey Poverennov (Team Dragon) won the Parimatch Tech hackathon, developing a ‘Run Out’ platform game, taking home a $1,500 prize.
In addition to the prize money, access to Parimatch facilities and tools will be given for Ursatiy and Poverennov to advance their ideas and test future concepts with live audiences.
Nikolay Ursatiy, team leader of Team Dragon added: “We are delighted with our victory. The hackathon was a great experience for us. Many teams came up with some really interesting and exciting ideas. This event gave us a chance to test our capabilities and get feedback from mentors and judges. We’re going to continue working on the game, and shortly, we will move on to negotiations with publishers.”