For the 35th anniversary of the world’s most iconic video game—Tetris®, Red Bull Mind Gamers and The Tetris Company are teaming up to unite puzzle fans with a unique opportunity where game development teams are tasked to create unique puzzle video games intended to delight puzzle fans around the world. It all kicks-off on January 25 during Global Game Jam 2019.

Inspired by a simple plastic set of pentomino puzzle pieces in 1984, Alexey Pajitnov created Tetris, which today continues to be one of the most recognized and popular digital puzzle games played by fans across the globe. Today, billions of falling Tetriminos later, Red Bull Mind Gamers and The Tetris Company are coming together to embrace the potential of puzzle gaming and problem solving to inspire game designers to create the next puzzle phenomenon.

At Global Game Jam 2019, over 40,000 game designers and early technology adopters participating from more than 100 countries are invited to create their own original prototypes for an all-new puzzle game, and then submit them for a chance to be featured on Red Bull Mind Gamers. Eligible participants will have until end of February to work on their prototypes. Submissions will then be narrowed down to the top five, during March, by a panel of expert judges to be featured on Red Bull Mind Gamers for visitors to play and rate. And the winner will be announced in April.

The highest-rated puzzle game will earn its development team the ultimate grand prize—the opportunity to meet with Alexey Pajitnov in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Just as a toy inspired Alexey to create Tetris, the inspiration for this challenge will be based on a real-world toy discovered or interacted with during your lifetime. The goal is to trigger the "puzzle instinct"—the compulsive drive to solve a problem someone has laid out for you.

Whether you’re an aspiring game designer ready to take on this incredible opportunity at Global Game Jam, or someone who simply enjoys a mind-bending puzzle game, be sure to follow the action here!

Red Bull Mind Gamers is a global hub for mental challenges that stretch the mind. Online you’ll find a range of thought-provoking games, quizzes and challenges designed by the brightest puzzle-makers working today. And when you’re ready to test your skills against others, Red Bull Mind Gamers runs global competitive tournaments to find the greatest Mind Gamers. Here both teams and individuals can prove their mental power in a range of problem-solving scenarios, across a variety of disciplines, everything from Escape Rooms to Rubik’s Cube Speed Solving. Red Bull Mind Gamers: Think Brilliant.

Complete details, rules and regulations are available on Red Bull Mind Gamers Challenges on January 25th.

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