Alexa developers from the UK, Germany, Austria, and Ireland have worked for two months to build the most engaging and entertaining game skills for Alexa. Even though voice games are still very new, transferring the game experience to voice is an exciting challenge for developers, from finding the most interesting use case to creating a voice user experience, which is very different from a graphical user interface. Thanks to the efforts of the Alexa developer community, customers can experience new and fun voice games and play them intuitively, via voice.
This week, our jury decided on the two grand prize winners and the five winners of the bonus prizes. It was a tough decision, as all finalists and bonus prize nominees developed inspirational and delightful voice games – from interactive stories to voice-enabled card and board games, games integrating Alexa Gadgets, and fun quizes – our developers created a variety of voice games that put boredom to an end.
Our panel of judges rated all skills based on their creativity and originality, a great voice-first user experience, technical implementation, and customer feedback and usage. The final jury comprised of experts in games, voice technology and skill development.
- Markus Schwerdtel, Cochief editor of game magazine GameStar
- Liam Sorta, Alexa Champion and Technical Evangelist at Unity Technologies
- Tim Kahle, Alexa Champion and CEO of 169 Labs
- Fabrice Rousseau, General Manager Europe Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service
And the Winners Are…
Grand Prize (€10,000 for an English finalist): Word Mine is an anagram game, where your handy canary will help you discover the letters to master the mines. Try out Word Mine.
Grand Prize (€10,000 for a German finalist): Der Eiserne Falke is an interactive story, where you play the former soldier Sardak, who will be ensared in unexpected adventures, when trying to save the kingdom of Rivaan from its downfall. Try out Der Eiserne Falke.
Bonus Prize – Best Voice Adaptation of a Game: (€2,500): Schnapsturnier is the voice adaptation of the famous card game Schnapsen. Try out Schnapsturnier.
Bonus Prize – Customer's Choice Most Engaging Game Skill: (€2,500): In Schätze den Preis, you need to guess the prize of a product, can compete with other players. Try out Schätze den Preis.
Bonus Prize – Best Game Skill for Echo Show and Echo Spot: (€2,500): Guess the Logo is an exciting quiz game, where players are pitted against each other to see who can win the most points by recognising brands and logos from across the world. Try out Guess the Logo.
Bonus Prize – Best Game Skill for Kids: (€2,500): In Kinder besuchen den Bauernhof, kids learn together with farmer Willi interesting facts about farm animals. Try out Kinder besuchen den Bauernhof.
Bonus Prize – Best Localized Game Skill: (€2,500): Monster Madness is a game of luck and memory, that you can play on your own or with friends. You need to choose, which door to open and keep the scores of your teammates in mind. Try out Monster Madness.
Congratulations, everyone! We are a little bit sad, that this exciting challenge has come to an end. But, we have had a great time seeing all your inspiring voice game skills coming to life, and we are sure customers will love these voice experiences. Thank you to everyone for participating in the Alexa Skills Challenge: Games.
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Enter the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal
Your next opportunity to show your skill building expertise and win great prizes is just around the corner. Enter the Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal with Devpost and compete for cash prizes and Amazon devices. Developers in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, India and Australia can also win a bonus prize for publishing an APL skill in their local Alexa Skills Store. We invite you to participate and build voice-first multimodal experiences that customers can enjoy across tens of millions of Alexa devices with screens. Learn more, start building APL skills, and enter the challenge by January 22.