This weekend, over 50 gamers and developers gathered in LA to participate in the first ever Games for Cats Hackathon
, a two-day event hosted by Friskies, makers of some of the first tablet electronic games for felines, including You vs. Cat
.Games for Cats have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and impressed cats all over with games like CatFishing and Party Mix-Up, in which cats bat at fish, cheese, and other colorful objects on the screen to “catch” them.This weekend's winner of the $15,000 prize is Team Catastrophe with their aptly-named game Catastrophe
. The game, whose creators are Jeremiah Ingham, Arthur Danskin, J. Spencer Kennedy, and Peter Brown, calls for cats to defend the universe by making music with their paws. As part of the win, Friskies will consider further developing and selling the game.Want to know more about playing tablet games with your cat
? Learn why cats are attracted to the games, what drawbacks there may be, and how to work around them.