The Final Showdown Has Begun - BioWare versus Mojang

| 31 Mar 2011 16:50

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After 5 very difficult rounds in March Mayhem: Developers' Showdown, we are down to the final 2 developers - BioWare versus Mojang! The Final Showdown has begun and voting is now open.

This is the fourth year The Escapist has run March Mayhem: Developers' Showdown and every year there have been a lot of great matches and huge upsets that have come down-to-the-wire. This year is no different as we have watched a developer voted into this year's March Mayhem as a wildcard make it to the Final Showdown, and last year's second place winner bulldoze its way through everyone to prove it has what it takes to win the title.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your Final Showdown competitors - BioWare versus Mojang!

The Road to the Final Showdown

BioWare

BioWare is a veteran March Mayhem competitor having done extremely well in past years, making it to the finals the last two years and just coming up short in the final minutes of voting. This year however, BioWare has been nothing but spectacular as it took down TellTale Games, DICE, Bungie and then Bethesda to gain the Division Title. In the Fearsome Four it took on another number 1 seed, gaming powerhouse Blizzard, and continued to impress by bringing in more than 24,000 votes. It looks as though this may be BioWare's year to bring home the crown but first it has to get past its competitor.

Mojang AB

As a first time contestant in March Mayhem, Mojang was voted in by The Escapist Publisher's Club community as a wildcard to enter as a 16th seed and go up against a number 1 seed in the first round. Little did Mojang know, this first round competitor would be none other than the most well known developer in the world, Nintendo. Not discouraged in the least, Mojang fans from around the world came to The Escapist to back up Mojang and send Nintendo home early, the first time in March Mayhem history a number 1 seed has lost in the first round. Mojang continued its Cinderella story as it then defeated Namco Bandai, Epic Games and Obsidian Entertainment. The pressure increased as it met Escapist community favorite and last year's March Mayhem winner Valve in the Fearsome Four. After being down by over 1000 votes near the beginning, Minecraft fans came back to tie it after 24 hours of voting, then took the lead and kept it as they defeated Valve by over 3000 votes. This Cinderella story continues as Mojang faces its third number 1 seed for the title.

The Final Showdown Begins

As the Final Showdown opens its voting, it is anyone game. Who will take this year's crown? BioWare or Mojang? Only your votes and tweets will tell!

Click here to begin voting and good luck to both developers! Welcome to the Final Showdown!

For those of you who are just joining us in March Mayhem, head over to the Rules Page to see how you can participate and start getting entries towards the amazing Alienware laptops we are giving away!

To everyone who had filled out a bracket, make sure to check out our brand new Leaderboard to see where you stack every round!

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After our final run-through of accounts, Mojang AB has won!

Hmmm. My personal bracket had a Mojang Vs Bethesda final. Although Mojang never had to face Bioware, and considering my Minecraft decided to brick itself (hurr hurr, geddit?) I had to give my vote to BioWare. I'd be happy to see either of them win though.

Wait, so the finale is Bioware and a studio that hasn't officially released a game yet, just a beta, that is essentially a tub of legos.

Bioware.

I voted for Mojang since I'm leaving in Sweden..hahahaha... I'm disappointed on Dragon Age 2, Bioware should lost against DICE for BBC2 is amazing and BC3 will be release this year ...Bioware beats Blizzard and I can't believe it..well I'm happy that the 3rd installment of Diablo will be coming out soon than I expected...

There are so many people crying about how their favourite developer didn't get in. Boo-fucking-hoo, baby. Shit happens.

Valve didn't deserve to win because they haven't released anything of worth in the last 12 months that hasn't been updates or sequels. If they'd released Portal 2 on time, it would probably have been different.

Bioware AREN'T winning because of how terrible (I hear) Dragon Age 2 is.

Mojang are winning because it's a cheap, fun game that you can waste hours and hours on and still feel like you've accomplished something. I thought that's was gaming was about. Apparently, it's about not encouraging the up and comer and just voting for the big guns.

THANKS FOR ENLIGHTENING ME, ESCAPIST COMMUNITY.

Sorry but Minecraft is just one good game, a great one in fact, but just one, Bioware on the other hand have produced great games...Mass Effect2, Dragon age origins, Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect lately...nuff said

scott91575:

Scyoni:
I enjoyed Bioware's games (well the ones I've played) but I like the ingenuity that Mojang has brought to gaming and I think it deserves the recognition. Either way, the fact that they reached the final round is enough of a nod to both of their abilities and products.

It's a nod to their ability to advertise this "contest" to their fans.

BTW...you need to change "products" to "product."

Touché. But then the fact that they have enough fans to do that still says something.

Well true we don't know if Blizzard will ask full price(60$)for each of the other campaigns,but on the other hand they always did that.I'm old enough to remember Broodwar but look at Wow and all the expansions were full price. As for the lenght of the campaign,took like what 9 hours? Don't get me wrong great campaign for an RTS,only thing better that I remember was Dragonshard but mostly because that game is pretty unique. Aniway no matter how good you think Sc2 is it's a freaking expensive game and that backfired more than you think. And no you can't compare that with Dragon Age series or any RPG serie. For as long as I remember back in time as much as Dune campaign was a series of scenarios played with each race that game had,while an RPG is a story. You should've made as an example Baldur's gate since that game is cut pretty much in 3 parts and they aren't even sequels but the same game.

The problem I have with people saying DA2 is bad for example(was the same with Origins) it's not the opinion itself which I don't really care,but bad compared to what. What are this freaking awesome games that are so much better that in comparison DA2 is shite. But then I hear stuff like I was more touched by the end in Halo that the Da2 end and it makes sense in a way.

Cenequus:

Appleshampoo:
Bioware beat Blizzard?

Wow, just goes to show you can throw out shit like Dragon age 2 and still be loved the world over.

Well that "shit" I still better that pretty much all the games on the market now. PLus you vote for the company not for DA2. Plus Blizzard just milks the same Wow cow. Just look at Starcraft 2,not only it will cost roughly 180$ for the whole campaign(TZP)eventually but you're actually stuck playing on your own region. If you wanna play on the Korean or US(I'm from Europe)ladder guess what you actually have to buy another copy of the game. Not something you can get away easilly.

Seen the last years winner it's very likelly that Mojang will win since Minecraft it's a very addictive game,still as a company Bioware deserves it , more for what they did in the last 15+ years.

$180 for the whole campaign? $100 is a closer estimate, but nice try. You dont have to buy the full version of the game, which includes multiplayer and all the nice features, if you already have the first one. The second ones will be add-ons, as well as stand-alones for people who dont own the original.

Also, the three campaigns are the size of a relatively long campaign in any other game. Your getting three fully fleshed out campaigns. If your going to complain about that, I demand that you complain about Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening, and Dragon Age 2 not being the same game on the same disk. Applying your logic, if Blizzard is milking StarCraft 2 by releasing 3 different fully fleshed out campaigns, BioWare is also.

And milking WoW? Do you have any idea how thick that statement is. If your making money doing something, why stop doing it? Thats capitalism: BLIZZARD is a COMPANY, that is looking for MONEY to post PROFITS. If World of Warcraft is turning a PROFIT, and a consistant large one at that, why would they take it away? So elitist forum goers could then say they have 'integrity for not milking a franchise'? Yeah...

Anyways, back to the topic, I think BioWare should win in this competition, but I would also like to mention that Mojang posted links to the Escapist to have them come here and vote in the competition. Really not giving a fair represntation of how people on The Escapist feel if were getting vote-bombed by another forum...

On the one hand... Bioware has really managed to piss me off with their recent releases, and Mojang at least isn't attempting to pass off Minecraft as a complete and finished product.

...On the other, Mojang is essentially riding entirely on pre-orders... which is essentially Bio/EA's wet dream. It's far from my favorite thing about the industry, but at least the little guy is styling on the evil empire.

Fuggit, if it's coming down to this sham, it's gotta be Mojang.

Scyoni:
I enjoyed Bioware's games (well the ones I've played) but I like the ingenuity that Mojang has brought to gaming and I think it deserves the recognition. Either way, the fact that they reached the final round is enough of a nod to both of their abilities and products.

It's a nod to their ability to advertise this "contest" to their fans.

BTW...you need to change "products" to "product."

I enjoyed Bioware's games (well the ones I've played) but I like the ingenuity that Mojang has brought to gaming and I think it deserves the recognition. Either way, the fact that they reached the final round is enough of a nod to both of their abilities and products.

Aleksey Sizonenko:
I'm so glad that Mojang got to very last round. Minecraft is an awesome game and it deserves all the credit that it is given. I Like BioWare, their games have wonderful stories, interesting gameplay, but Minecraft took my heart away. Go Mojang!

P.S. Trolls who never actually played minecraft and think that the game is *quote* "shitty" should first play the game, understand it and only then post their opinion.
P.P.S. Sorry for Bad English lol.

Played it, didn't really do anything for me. Of course, that is more likely my own limitation, since the game seems like it would only be decent if the player is creative, and I'm not.

My vote goes to Bioware. Mojang deserves to have gotten far 'cause of the awesomeness that is Minecraft, but honestly they've been dropping the ball on it lately, and I just don't feel like they should get the championship with just that.
Besides, Bioware has years of great games as a contribution to gaming. In my opinion, that far outweighs anything Minecraft has done at this stage in it's development.

Ack crap. There it is. And now I have a double post. **sigh**

Bioware fans - if you want Bioware to win, then you need to take action!

Notch has alerted his fans via twitter. So far as I know, in this round, EA/Bioware have not. That means we need to get the word out ourselves.

Post links to the Escapist on other forums you frequent, asking people there to come vote for Bioware. Ask your friends, post it on your Facebook wall, send out twitter messages - whatever you can do to get people here to vote for Bioware.

I've already let everyone I know online know. Now it's your turn - get the word out and keep the hope alive.

Bioware for the win!

TriggerHappyAngel:
I think that we can consider this year's March Mayhem as a joke, I mean c'mon people Mojang should've lost in the first round (V.S. Nintendo).

It's a joke every year. Last year that Facebook game developer "stuffed the ballot box."

I'm so glad that Mojang got to very last round. Minecraft is an awesome game and it deserves all the credit that it is given. I Like BioWare, their games have wonderful stories, interesting gameplay, but Minecraft took my heart away. Go Mojang!

P.S. Trolls who never actually played minecraft and think that the game is *quote* "shitty" should first play the game, understand it and only then post their opinion.
P.P.S. Sorry for Bad English lol.

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