There's no one out there that would say the Android Market doesn't have apps. It's got plenty of apps. Unfortunately, though, despite the gaming prowess that most of our high-end devices have, there's still not any killer games out there. Plenty of "good" ones, sure, but nothing that stands out amongst the crowd. Especially when the crowd includes Apple's App Store. But, that's about to change, as one of the largest social gaming networks that has thrived in the App Store for quite some time is finally making their jump to Android.
OpenFeint, which connects players through multiple titles, will bring a whole new level of gaming to the Android mobile Operating System. By providing titles, as well as chat-based systems that will allow folks to communicate with other players, gaming is about to get a huge boost from one of the best development teams out there. And, hopefully that means other developers out there will want to get in on the action, too, which should bolster the gaming development on the platform as a whole. Go ahead and read the full press release below.
OpenFeint To Bring World's Largest Mobile Gaming Developer Community To Google's Android Platform
Mobile Social Games Network's Expansion to Android will Accompany Titles from Glu Mobile, Digital Chocolate, And Hudson Entertainment.
Burlingame, CA – July 8, 2010 – OpenFeint, the leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for iOS devices, today announced that its 9,200 member game developer community with thousands of published games will soon have a complete solution to thrive in the Android apps economy. Launching later this summer, the company's complete solution will include its de facto standard SDK, a game discovery store and mobile payment options. It will also include high quality content from leading publishers Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile, Hudson Soft and independent studios like Distinct Dev (Moron Test), ustwo (Dot Dot Dot), Pik Pok (Flick Kick Football) and RocketCat Games (Hook Champ).
With a strong set of partners at launch, OpenFeint's ecosystem provides Android users the most compelling way to discover and buy high quality online games. In addition to incorporating Google Checkout and leading community features into its developer SDK, OpenFeint will extend its wildly successful Game Spotlight discovery app to Android. Interested parties can register at www.openfeint.com/developers/android for details as they emerge.
At the same time, OpenFeint continues to invest in and expand its efforts on Apple's iOS devices and maintains the largest mobile social gaming ecosystem on that platform with over 28 million users and a presence in over 2,200 live games.
"Android is an evolving gaming platform that will greatly benefit from OpenFeint's industry leading online gaming and community technologies," said Niccolo de Masi, CEO of Glu Mobile. "OpenFeint is leading the charge for game developers on Android, helping simplify and improve the game discovery and purchase process for players on the platform."
OpenFeint also announced that its expansion to Android is backed by a recent strategic investment by leading Chinese online gaming company, The9. This marks the path for a significant expansion for the company as it rolls out its cross platform strategy. As always, OpenFeint will remain open source and free for both developers and players.
"OpenFeint continues to demonstrate leadership and innovation in building community technologies which drive considerable discovery and monetization for publishers," said Jason Loia, COO of Digital Chocolate, one of the industry's most highly-rated publishers of mobile and social games. "We are excited about their entry into the Android ecosystem and we look forward to partnering with them to bring the best gaming experience to the Android platform."
With over 160,000 Android powered devices shipping daily, Google's mobile platform is growing rapidly and leading game developers recognize the tremendous opportunity to bring quality content to the platform.
"This is a big step for OpenFeint and an even bigger step for Android as it becomes a serious mobile gaming platform," said Jonathan Goldberg, Analyst at Deutsche Bank Equity Research. "OpenFeint ushered in mobile online gaming for iOS devices and we think they'll lead the revolution on Android."
OpenFeint also re-affirmed its continued commitment to the Apple iOS device community where thousands of games are in development and several games are approved in the App Store daily with OpenFeint enablement.