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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Ark: Survival Evolved worldwide mod contest winners

Studio Wildcard, the studio that never sleeps, has rallied its community, tallied up the community votes, and ranked its favorites, and is now proud to announce the winners of its ARK: Survival Evolved Worldwide Mod Contest.

The development team received more than 100 mod entries in three categories (Best Total Conversions, Best Map, Best Mod), then rated each on its originality, creativity, graphical quality, and entertainment value to determine the finalists.

From the three contest categories - Map, Mod, and Total Conversion - Studio Wildcard has awarded its three number one winners: Valhalla as Best Map, Advanced Architecture Mod as the Best Mod, and TribeWars as the Best Total Conversion, with each first place winner receiving $10,000 for their efforts, out of a total prize pool of over $64,000. The studio received so many great entrees to the contest that it actually added more slots to the Best Mod and Best Map categories to congratulate its creative community! Running the gamut from Racing Mods, to Wave-Based Action Total Conversions, to Server Administration Utility Mods, Sci-Fi Gameplay Overhauls, and beautiful scenic new worlds, the Wildcard team was once again stunned by the creativity of the ARK mod community.

For new players who want to try out this exciting player-created content, ARK: Survival Evolved is currently on sale for Steam players for 25% off (retail $29.99) and on Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program for 25% off for Gold members and 15% off for Silver members (retail $34.99).

The winners in each category are:

Best Map
Valhalla, Created By Excited Kangaroo, Gkainu, Anthonyolson500, Enduran
Roraima, Created By: Jeff
Umassoura, Created By: JacksonL - Removed from steam
Madagascar Evolved, Created By: Hey My Team Rules!, itsr2ghgaming
WickWillow, Created By: TheOriginalDad
Epic Islands, Created By: Killerzwerg
Best Total Conversion
TribeWars, Created By: Kenturrac
Ark Moon Survival, Created By: DavidBC, Matteoni
Otherworld, Created By: Skellig, Yankee XL
Cool 15 New Creatures, Created By: Milokamilo

Best Mod
Advanced Architecture Mod, Created By: Hogs
NPC Bush Peoples, Created By: Swords
Annunaki Genesis, Created By: Toranga, Psycho, Alice
Dino Racing: Evolved, Created By: Mezzo
MRRadTools.INC Content Pack, Created By: MRRadioactiv
Ark Futurism, Created By: -(OzSF)-B.Cheers
The top six contestants in each category will receive:
1st Place: $10,000
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $3,000
4th Place: $2,000
5th Place: $1,000
6th Place: $750
Judging comprised 40% public vote from the community and 60% score from the ARK: Survival Evolved development team. Voters must be a member of with a minimum of 30 posts in order to place a vote.

ARK players have access to a custom-built version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor for creating mods, a crucial part of ARK’s development and community involvement. The world of ARK is designed to be modder-friendly and ever-expanding! As part of the newly announced ARK Official Mod Program, The Center fantasy map was added for free to the PC and Xbox One versions of the game this week and the intriguingly Luddite-style mod Primitive Plus be added in July to PC and Xbox as well. The winning Mods & Maps from this Worldwide Mod Contest will also be featured in-game, and further evaluated for potential direct inclusion into the PC and Xbox versions of ARK via the Official Mod Program.

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