Featured challenges (currently a carnival games contest that ends Feb. 10th, 2020, with a first prize of US$5,000; details here);
A list of contests which are ending soon;
A list of weekly contests (each with a prize of US$500);
A scrollable list of past weekly contests, with the winners.
If you like to decorate your home, you’re in luck! Both this week’s and next week’s challenges are Home Decorating contests, with a cash prize of US$500 for the best entry. (Remember, every avatar gets a free home region when they join!)
Make a beautifully decorated home using region templates and furniture from the Shop, take a snapshot or video and submit it along with the region name. Share your submission to social! Post pics or video of your entry to Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr, and be sure to tag us @sinewavespace!
Entries will be judged based on usefulness, creativity, originality, interactivity and effective use of Sinespace components. The winner recieves $500.
We will make Name Changes available to Premium account holders in early 2020. It will be possible to change First Name, Last Name, or both. There will be a one-time fee per Name Change. Just like in the olden times, First Name will be free-form, Last Name will be from a list – and here is where this contest comes in: we want your help coming up with the first batch of Last Names!
Three submissions per entry. No reusing of old names. From all of the suggestions, we’ll pick five (5), and those five lucky Residents will be able to change their names completely free of charge (or designate another account for the name change)! You will not need to be Premium to participate or to win. The contest will run December 16th through January 15th, and participation details will be announced shortly.
Oh, and somewhat tucked away in that official contest information and policies document is a clue as to how much Linden Lab is going to charge for name changes:
A.Description of Prizes. One free Last Names change (estimated value at US$39.99 plus $11.99 to represent the value of a month of Premium Membership) on an account of Winner’s choice.
B. Estimated Total Prize package value: US$51.98. Exact value dependent on account status.
So, expect to pay US$40 to change the name of your Second Life avatar. Or, if you are going to upgrade to Premium for just one month in order to take advantage of the upcoming name change feature, expect to pay US$52 in total.
The cost is more than I expected it to be; however, there is such a pent-up demand in the system for avatar name changes, that I still expect that people are going to shell out for the privilege of a brand new name. I suspect this will be a significant enough perk to tempt people to part with their cash, and Linden Lab will certainly make money from it!
This blogpost is sponsored by Sinespace, and was written in my new role as an embedded reporter for this virtual world (more details here).
Did you know that Sinespace has weekly contests for content creators? Each week’s winner receives US$500, and contests will run weekly through to February, and perhaps longer.
Last week’s contest winner, Punkerella and Booradley, came up with something I’ve never seen before, in any virtual world: colourful, interactive sea slugs!
In addition to the weekly contests, there are two major contests taking place over the next few months, with some seriously sweet prizes:
Out of This World: Create a unique, interactive and outlandish environment using the Sinespace SDK. The theme is “out of this world”, so create something unique, quirky and alien-like. The winner receives US$3,000 plus 1 year of Exclusive Creator membership. The runner up gets US$2,000 plus 1 year of Exclusive Creator membership. The contest deadline is Dec. 20th, 2019. (More details here.)
Carnival Games: Create a unique and engaging mini game using the Sinespace SDK and Lua (Sinespace’s scripting language). The game can be any carnival-themed game, from maze run, shoot the aliens, to anything you can imagine. The gameplay needs to have a way for players to score normal and bonus points, along with a leader board. The game can be single-player, PVP or PvE. The contest winner receives US$5,000 plus 1 year of Exclusive Creator membership. The runner-up gets $US2,000 plus 1 year of Exclusive Creator membership. The contest deadline is Feb. 10th, 2020. (More details here.)