Microsoft today announced the release of Microsoft Kodu Game Lab for the PC and the launch of the nationwide Microsoft Kodu Cup 2011 competition. The Kodu Cup encourages students ages 9 to 17 to design, build and submit their video games using the Kodu Game Lab software. Microsoft Kodu Game Lab is available for free at fuse.microsoft.com/kodu. The game design tool lets kids build their own video games using a simple drag and drop system to implement various game functions, add art and icons.
Submissions for this his year's Kodu Cup competition will be accepted through May 10, with winners announced in late May. The competition will be divided into two age groups — 9 to 12 years old and 13 to 17 years old — with a grand prize winner and first and second runners-up for each group. The grand prize winners receive $5,000 for themselves and their respective schools, as well as a trip to the Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals in New York.
Kids can enter the competition, read the Official Rules and learn more at koducup.us.