Erik Asmussen (left) of 82 Apps and Monty Sharma of MassDiGI. Photo courtesy of MassDiGi.
Erik Asmussen (left) of 82 Apps and Monty Sharma of MassDiGI. Photo courtesy of MassDiGi.

The Massachusetts Digital Games Institute, or MassDiGi, said that a Cambridge company called 82 Apps has won Grand Prize honors in the second Annual MassDiGI Game Challenge.

The Game Challenge is a pitch contest designed to help indie and student game-development entrepreneurs hone their ideas and get their products ready for launch. Forty-four teams from around New England competed in this year’s event, which was held on March 1 and March 2.

The winning entry from 82 Apps is titled PWN, a futuristic game about competitive hacking.

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“Our first Game Challenge in 2012 was a big success, but 2013 has really blown last year’s event out of the water – in more ways than one,” Monty Sharma, MassDiGI’s managing director, said in a statement.

Sharma added, “The talent we have seen in this competition promises a bright future for game development in the region!”

MassDiGI, based at Becker College in Worcester, is a statewide center for academic collaboration, entrepreneurship, and economic development across the local games ecosystem.