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Developers who wish to enter the competition will need an Azure account, which can be as simple as a free Azure trial account. The prize-winning competition is only open to players within the United States, but entries will be accepted from contestants from other countries, and they will still appear on the leader board.
Microsoft is once again challenging developers in its Rock, Paper, Azure challenge, and they can win up to $5000 by coding a player "bot", hosting it on Windows Azure, and then competing in battles against other contestants for weekly prizes. The contest will be running from now until the middle of the month.