Holiday gaming competition with Mozilla and Goo Technologies

The web has come a long way, and especially lately it is amazing what great opportunities this means for game creators. To use open technologies to reach as many users as possible across multiple web browsers and platforms.

Looking at what WebGL, Web Audio API, Emscripten, asm.js and more have brought to the table, and what we’ve covered in articles here on Mozilla Hacks about gaming, WebGL, Audio etc, we are very excited to see the progress for gaming on the web.

Thinking about all this, we wanted to find an interesting way to encourage you to see what kind of games you could create! Together with Goo Technologies, we’re bringing you Goo’s Game Creator Challenge.

You will be using the Goo platform to create your games, which consists of:

  • Goo Engine – a 3D JavaScript gaming engine entirely built on WebGL/HTML5
  • Goo Create – a visual editing tool running on top of the engine


There are three different categories you can enter in:

  • Best Amateur Interactive Game Scene – Create a visually stunning interactive game scene using only the built in object primitives (simple 3D shapes, such as cubes, spheres, and so forth, that can be manipulated and combined together to create characters or other objects in a scene). This category is for those with little to no previous experience of game creation.
  • Best Desktop Game – Create an immersive game level for the desktop browser using Goo Create in combination with the Goo Engine JavaScript API.
  • Best Mobile Game – Create an immersive game level for the mobile Web using Goo Create in combination with Goo Engine JavaScript API – extra credit will be awarded for cross-platform games that also work on desktop.

Getting started

If you need inspiration to get started, a good place to start is Build an interactive scene in Goo Create or look at the Creating a Goon in Goo Create video:

Other good resources are:

Also, if you need help, you can go to the forums for Goo Technologies.


As with any challenge, there are prizes! For the people entering the Best Amateur Interactive Game Scene category, the top 5 contributions will win:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • 5 year access to Goo Create Pro ($2900 value)

For the Best Desktop Game and Best Mobile Game categories, the prizes are:

  • A trip for two people to the GDC Conference in San Francisco, scheduled for March 17 – 21, 2014 or to GamesCom in Cologne, August 13-17 (maximum value $10,000) or $5,000 cash, at the winner’s option.
  • 5 year access to Goo Create Pro ($2900 value)
  • Guest post on the Mozilla Apps blog


Judging the challenge are people from Rovio (know for Angry Birds and more), Mozilla (Brendan Eich, CTO and inventor of JavaScript, Vlad Vukicevic, Engineering Director and inventor of WebGL) and Goo Technologies (Rikard Herlitz, CTO). They will pick the winners by January 17th.

Deadline for entry

Deadline for submitting entries is Tuesday, January 14 at midnight PT. Submit your entry by sending the url of your finished scene or game to

For more information:

About Robert Nyman [Editor emeritus]

Technical Evangelist & Editor of Mozilla Hacks. Gives talks & blogs about HTML5, JavaScript & the Open Web. Robert is a strong believer in HTML5 and the Open Web and has been working since 1999 with Front End development for the web - in Sweden and in New York City. He regularly also blogs at and loves to travel and meet people.

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