Loki Entertainment Software
Atlanta Linux Showcase Contact:
For Immediate Release
Tustin, CA. -- September 17, 1999 -- Loki Entertainment Software, in cooperation with Activision, Inc. and the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts, announces Loki Hack 1999 to be held on October 11 through 13 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta in conjunction with the Atlanta Linux Showcase.
Loki Entertainment Software launched the Linux version of Activision's popular strategy game Civilization: Call to Power(TM) in May 1999 to strong reviews. During Loki Hack, up to 30 qualified hackers will have 48 hours in a secure setting to make alterations to the Linux source code for this game. In turn Loki will make available in binary form all resulting work from the contest. Winners of this unique contest will be announced during the Atlanta Linux Showcase. First prize will be a dual-processor workstation (running Linux of course).
"We are blessed with the most technically-literate customer base of any game publisher," said Scott Draeker, Loki president and founder. "We'd be fools not to offer these users a chance to improve our source code."
"Activision has been actively involved in supporting Linux game enthusiasts, including our recent release of the source code for Heretic and Hexen," said Philippe Erwin, director of licensing for Activision. We are excited about supporting this contest with Loki, and anticipate some really clever enhancements to Civilization: Call to Power."
The hackers will have full reign to add features, alter logic, or implement additional library support. Upon conclusion of the contest, a panel of judges will evaluate the hacks and award prizes to the best hack and runners up.
Qualified hackers may apply to participate on Loki website, www.lokigames.com.
About Loki Entertainment Software
Based in Orange County, CA, Loki works with leading game publishers to port their best-selling PC and Macintosh titles to Linux. Loki meets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported, shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels. Founded in 1998, Loki is privately held and takes its name from the Norse god of mischief. For more information visit www.lokigames.com.
About Activision, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted revenues of $436 million for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1999.
Activision maintains publishing and development operations in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan and Australia, and distribution subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at http://www.activision.com.
About The Atlanta Linux Showcase
The Atlanta Linux Showcase is the community's premier technical and community show organized and run by a group of computer professionals wishing to help promote Linux. ALS was founded in 1997 and is run entirely by volunteers. Last years show was the largest Linux event in 1998 drawing its attendees from 23 countries. The Atlanta Linux Showcase, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation. For more information visit www.linuxshowcase.org.
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