Over the course of the past two and some change weeks, our 13 judges have spent over a collective 140 hours playing 240 of some of the best custom maps this community has seen. As I have said previously, the turn out for this contest has been amazing and I want to thank each and every one of our participants.
But without carrying on too much, let’s get down to business. The first and second place Grand Prize winners of the ThinkingWithPortals.com 2011 Summer Mapping Initiative are Patent Pending by ebola with a 4.66 out of 5 (6 votes) and Infinifling by MrTwoVideoCards with a 4.62 out of 5 (8 votes). Congratulations guys!
In third place, by mere fractions of points, is Edifice by Omnicoder with 4.62 out of 5 (8 votes). Fourth place comes as Delta Bunsen by Lobster with 4.58 out of 5 (6 votes), and fifth place in our top 2% is Cubes ‘n’ Funnels by Will T. with 4.50 out of 5 (6 votes).
I am sure everyone is dying to see the full results, and we will be posting it up soon once we figure out the best format to present all of the data. Each map was played by a minimum of 2 judges, and each judge submitted their own score, and since I know many of you would want to know every detail of your map’s judgement, we are going to need to release all of the information intelligently.
I would like to thank everyone who participated, as this contest would not be immensely successful without your submissions. I would also like to thank Mevious, Farragar, WinstonSmith, and most of all Nacimota for judging an insane amount of maps and spending so much of your free personal time helping with this. And lastly I would like to thank Chet over at Valve for helping coordinate this contest, bringing exposure to our community and helping the Portal 2 mapping scene to blossom.