Parimatch has hailed its first ‘universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ as an unbridled success, as participants generated over 100 ideas in 48-hours of programming.
Hosted from between 7-9 August, the hackathon organised by the betting group’s ‘Parimatch Tech’ unit and esports venture capital fund JKR saw over 400 developers, project managers, marketers and designers collaborate in innovating all components related to core igaming and esports wagering disciplines.
The two-day event drew developers from nine countries including Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Belarus and Poland, in which a total of 37 teams submitted projects for Parimatch Tech and JKR to review.
The hackathon forms part of Parimatch group’s ongoing corporate development programme, nurturing and developing tope engineering talent.
Stepan Shulga, head of Esports at Parimatch 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: organizers, judges, and mentors saw many different high concept ideas being generated.”
The engineering duo of Nikolay Ursatiy and Sergey Poverennov (Team Dragon) won the Parimatch Tech hackathon, developing a platform game titled ‘Run Out’, taking home a prize of $1,500.
In addition to prize money, Ursatiy and Poverennov will be provided access to Parimatch facilities and resources to progress their ideas and test future developments with live audiences.
“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,” added Nikolay Ursatiy, team leader of Team Dragon.