Mobile Gaming Backend OpenKit Now Available To All Developers

Posted: May 11, 2013 in Gadgets, GT, Mobile, Startup, Technology

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OpenKit, an open-source social platform for mobile
games, is now open to all developers, according to
co-founder Peter Relan. The service, first announced
in December, has been in private beta since earlier
this year. There are apparently 1,500 developers
already testing the service. Relan previously told me that he started OpenKit in
response to the shutdown of OpenFeint, the GREE-
acquired social platform for mobile games that he co-
founded. Developers still need something like this,
Relan said, and he wants to build it in a way that’s
both “good business and developer friendly.” OpenKit’s current features include cloud storage
(allowing a player to save their game on one device
and load it on another), leaderboards and
achievements, user authentication (for Facebook,
Google+ and Twitter), and plug-ins that connect
games with the Unity engine. Plus, it works on both iOS and Android, and it’s being developed as an
open-source project, so developers can always take
their data elsewhere or use the code to build their own
backend service. OpenKit isn’t live for players yet. Relan told me today
that that’s coming in a couple of months. There are
more social features planned, but he said he’s
specifically waiting to integrate with the Google
Games service that’s rumored for the Google I/O
conference next week.

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