by Simon Hill, 9 months ago
Gree The fact that mobile gaming has taken off is hardly news. Thanks to phenomena like Angry Birds many people considered as outside the traditional gaming demographic have started to play games on their phones….
Mobile gamers might be familiar with OpenFeint, the network through which game developers track game achievements, points, and connections, as well as offer in-game content to users. With OpenFeint's acquistion by Japanese game developer GREE, though, it seems it will soon be the end of the line for the social gaming network.
GREE has announced that OpenFeint will officially close on December 14, 2012. As such, game developers have been advised that once closed, ”[a]ll OpenFeint network calls will be nonfunctional which may result in service disruptions to your game and a poor player experience.” Developers are not left in the dust, though. GREE is offering developers an opportunity to migrate to its own social gaming platform, so that users can still enjoy social gaming on titles like Fruit Ninja, Tiny Wings and Robot Unicorn Attack.
Not all data may be migrated to the GREE platform, although achievement definitions, screenshots, and game descriptions will be automatically migrated. Leaderboards can be migrated on-demand. Developers will be able to use migration tools to move data in less than a week for basic integration. So if you're an avid user of games that run on OpenFeint, you might find yourself losing all those points, connections and items you've collected along the way unless you can give the game developer a gentle reminder to either migrate to GREE or another social gaming platform.
If you're a mobile game developer, you may already be aware of this update. If not, then head on to the source link for an outline of what happens to OpenFeint, and some resources on how to migrate to the GREE platform.