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Game Music Festival to host a composer competition in partnership with the Opera GX gaming browser

This year’s Game Music Festival is enhanced with a unique competition for young composers. Winners will claim a brand new award including financial rewards, worldwide publicity, and further contract opportunities.

Details of the very first GMF High Score Competition have been announced by the Game Music Foundation. As an integral part of the Game Music Festival, which will be streamed online for free, this competition aims to support the development of talented artists who want to pursue a career in video game music. The submitted pieces of music will be judged by a jury of world-class composers. Winners shall receive financial prizes totaling 8,000 USD and a contract for scoring the Opera GX gaming browser, the partner of this year’s competition. Detailed rules of GMF High Score Competition are available on Participants can enter the contest by filling the official submission form no later than on the 30th of September.

Opera GX is a web browser for avid fans of gaming. Today its creators revealed that Opera GX will be the very first browser to feature dynamic background music that responds to the user. Participants in the GMF High Score Competition 2020 will compose a brief musical piece illustrating the unique user experience related to browsing the web with Opera GX. Awards will include 3,000 USD for first place, 2,000 USD for second, and 1000 USD for third, as well as the benefit of continuing their cooperation with Opera GX. This provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to score an internet browser dedicated to gamers.

In parallel to the main competition, fans will themselves be able to vote for a soundtrack which will get the audience award of 2,000 USD. Furthermore, names of the winners will be announced during the official Game Music Festival gala in October (also streamed online), as well as in media channels of both GMF and Opera GX. Audio specialists who have already worked with Opera GX say that it is an amazing experience to score such a project, and also a great chance to experiment creatively. The jury will be led by Krzysztof Binczak, member of the Game Music Foundation, and include famous experts from the game music industry: Yasunori Mitsuda, Darren Korb, Gareth Coker, Austin Wintory, Paul Anthony Romero, Borislav Slavov, Mikołaj Stroiński, Arkadiusz Reikowski, Peter McConnell, Lena Raine and Kow Otani.

About Opera GX:
Opera GX is a special version of the Opera browser built specifically to complement gaming. The browser includes unique features to help gamers get the most out of both gaming and browsing and to customize their browser to fit their tastes and needs. Opera GX lets you control your computer’s CPU and memory usage to make your gaming and streaming smoother. With native integration of Twitch, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and Discord in the sidebar, Opera GX makes it easy to stay on top of conversations with online friends or with developing online trends and streams. It also now has a special soundtrack feature.

About Game Music Festival:
Game Music Festival (Wroclaw, 16-17 October 2020) is the third edition of Europe’s largest festival fully devoted to the music and sound of the gaming industry. The two-day event combined with an online transmission will take place in the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland – a world-class venue famous for its amazing acoustics. The music from famous games like Baldur’s Gate III (world live premiere), Divinity: Original Sin II, Transistor, Hades, Pyre, Bastion will be performed live in by the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic orchestra with Cantores Minores Wratislavienses choir, the Sound Factory Orchestra, and soloists. The previous editions of Game Music Festival received much praise and were well acclaimed by fans and the game audio community. A fully-fledged festival of this scale dedicated to the soundtracks of video games is a truly unique event.

About Game Music Foundation:
We are a group of individuals passionate about the music of video games. Our team created which has been one of the most active and comprehensive portals dedicated to game audio since 2006. We are based in Poland, but our mission spreads internationally. Our activities include soundtrack reviews, interviews with composers, organization of events, workshops, and discussion panels. We also run gamemusic records, a label releasing game music on vinyls, like Frostpunk or Heroes of Might & Magic.







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