In Japan, Konami is leveraging its deep well of classic videogame IP to work with an event held to support budding developers. Collaborating with the Shueisha Game Creators Camp, Konami is holding an “Action & Shooting Game Contest” with a grand prize equating to roughly $18,000 USD.

Perhaps more interesting to us, however, is that Konami intends to work with at least some of the entrants to make their game an official Konami release.

Konami Running Indie Games Contest With Classic Properties

The contest asks the indie developers involved to create games that use elements from Konami’s backlog of action and shooting games. The list of allowed properties hits around 80 games, including classics like Mystical Ninja, Gradius and even Pop’n Music.

As long as the developers are using familiar characters or mechanics, they can feel free to take creative licenses such as moving genres around. If Konami chooses any games to commercialize, it will contribute funding, equipment, localization and more.

Konami noted that it plans to invest up to $270,000 USD for that endeavor. The contest, which started on September 30, 2021, will run until January 6, 2022. Konami has also been in the news recently due to rumors ramping up considering the company’s AAA IP such as Metal Gear and Castlevania.

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