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Story of the Day 1/30/2014 Star Citizen Modding Competition

Posted by Grakulen Thursday January 30 2014 at 7:43PM
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Earlier today we posted in our news section The king of crowd funding, Chris Roberts, is hosting what could possibly be a once in a lifetime event for the fans of Star Citizen.

The Next Great Starship is a modding contest that will award one winning team $30,000 USD and a chance to have their very own spaceship used in this upcoming space sim game.

A total of 270 teams representing 65 countries entered the competition. The judging panel includes members from Star Citizen’s art, design and animation teams, in addition to Chris Roberts himself. Celebrity judges will appear in later episodes. The judges already have narrowed the initial list of entries to the top 24 teams. 

Every week after that, each team will provide work-in-progress videos to the panel and face the possibility of elimination (judges can save teams and the community also has a vote on who stays and who leaves). It all culminates in The Next Great Starship finale airing on June 7 from Los Angeles where the champion team will be crowned and awarded $30,000 in cash.

“The quality of the entries has been amazing,” said Chris Roberts, co-founder and CEO of Cloud Imperium Games. “And we had quite a variety of entrants including a husband and wife team, a father and son team, several high school level teams, automotive designers, bartenders, DJs, filmmakers and of course several professionals from the gaming industry. It just shows the breadth of our fan base and the numbers themselves show the excitement that our community is bringing to this competition. I can’t wait to see the final result and fly the winner’s ship in Star Citizen myself.”


  • GRAND PRIZE: $30,000 in cash for the team members. Your Great Starship is included in Star Citizen and each member of your team receives the first production models off the press!  As well as Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite, Maya Premium and one high-end AMD based system with Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
  • SECOND PLACE: $10,000 in cash for the team members. Alienware laptop, Autodesk Maya 2014, AMD Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
  • THIRD PLACE: $5,000 in cash for the team members. Autodesk Maya LT, AMD Radeon R9 290X (for each team member)
  • SPECIALTY PRIZE: (to the most valuable player out of the remaining contestants among the final three teams voted on by the judging panel): One Cintiq Companion, the new Windows 8 “Make the World your Studio” tablet from Wacom
  • FINALIST TEAMS 4 THROUGH 16: $250 in RSI Credits (non-transferable/non-refundable)

Star Citizen is a crowd funded game that officially launched on October 10 of 2012. Since that time Roberts’ company has raised more than $37.5 million from backers all over the world making Star Citizen the top ranking crowd funded project ever.

The amount of money that Chris Roberts has raised for this game is absolutely staggering. It is nice to see that a game being able to be created due to the generosity of its community is able to give back to its community. Not to mention it was only a matter of time before someone made a reality TV series out of video game creation. I'm almost surprised this didn't end up on TLC... (kidding).

We will continue to cover the outcome of this contest here on but you can also watch the episodes for yourself at

You can see a video for the contest here in the previous announcement. 

Dreamo84 writes: Wait...are they paying the winner with money from their Kickstarter? Thu Jan 30 2014 8:39PM Report
Ziegler writes:

hmmm....a reality video game developement much is it going to cost to vote, what methods will you take in payment? Paypal, bitcoin, CC? ....


I am so not interested in this game...and it has very little to do with the actual game.

Thu Jan 30 2014 8:51PM Report
Kevyne-Shandris writes: After seeing how greedy publishers are with their IP, I'll keep my own designs to myself (yep, have a complete world I've designed since childhood...100% my own, right down to the toe plates!). Fri Jan 31 2014 12:39AM Report
atuerstar writes:

Chris said himself that in house development of a new ship can be around 50,000. It seems the competition is going to cost only slightly more than that.


What I found brilliant about this is that 275 teams around the world entered - thats a huge design pool of which 24 really great designs were chosen for the survivor style finals. I thought about entering with a friend. Once we had looked at everything from design concept through to fully rigged, textured and animated model of a competitive level it was rather intimidating. I have nothing but respect for those who chose to enter and hope I will be ready for the next competition.


Its great to see Chris Roberts idea of "player involvement" in the game development reach this level. This is an awesome opportunity that promotes the game, promotes artistic and design talent, and adds at least one ship to the hangar roster. Ill be watching a few episodes just to see a show that revolves around art and intelligence as opposed to physical prowess and emotional dysfunction.

Fri Jan 31 2014 12:43AM Report
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