Unity plug-ins released for Kindle Fire developers, will make it easier to add GameCircle support and in-app purchases

November 21, 2012
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    Mike Frazzini, the director of Amazon Games recent mentioned that “Unity is one of the most popular tools for building mobile games.” And well, it looks like Amazon is doing what they can to make Unity even more popular. The company has recently announced a few new plug-ins that can be used by those developing for the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD tablets.

    More specifically, Amazon has released the Unity plug-ins for their In-App Purchasing and Amazon GameCircle APIs. This means developers will be able to add support for GameCircle and in-app purchases quicker and easier than in the past. In fact, Keith Sheperd, the Founder and CEO of Imangi Studios has said that thanks to those Unity plug-ins, they were able to add GameCircle integration in Temple Run in a few hours as opposed to a few days.

    That being said, while developers can branch off and begin to well, develop. Those average users wondering what this will mean in terms of apps — Amazon notes that these plug-ins will allow developers to add things such as Achievements, Leaderboards and Whispersync for Games.

    Anyway, while this guy is not necessarily a big fan of in-app purchases, the idea of Whispersync for Games does sound appealing.

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    Amazon Makes It Simple for Unity Developers to Add In-App Purchasing and GameCircle Features to Their Games

    Free plugins make it easy for Unity developers to add features that increase engagement and monetization for their apps and games

    SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon.com today launched free Unity plugins for their In-App Purchasing and Amazon GameCircle APIs, making it even faster and easier for developers using Unity to add these features into their games and apps. In-App Purchasing and GameCircle improve monetization and increase engagement by allowing developers to add Achievements, Leaderboards, and Whispersync for Games to their games on Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. To get started, developers can visit the Mobile App Distribution Portal at http://developer.amazon.com.

    “Unity is one of the most popular tools for building mobile games”
    “Unity is one of the most popular tools for building mobile games,” said Mike Frazzini, Director of Amazon Games. “Amazon’s In-App Purchasing and GameCircle APIs help developers reach more customers, keep them engaged, and make more money. Every week millions of customers are playing GameCircle enabled games and are able to compare scores and compete against friends. We want to make it as easy as possible for developers to quickly integrate these features and our new, free plugins make it incredibly simple to do so for anyone using Unity.”

    “Amazon helped to change the way the world looks at the Internet and retail,” said David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies. “We’re excited to see them bring their energy to games and especially games built with Unity.”

    “We recently integrated GameCircle into Temple Run using the GameCircle plugin for Unity. The process was very easy, and incredibly fast,” said Keith Sheperd, Founder and CEO of Imangi Studios, and creator of Temple Run. “What would have normally taken days to integrate only took a few hours and it was all very straight forward. We will definitely use the Unity plugin to add GameCircle and In-App Purchasing to our other games.”

    The Unity game development platform includes a wealth of tools designed to help developers create rich interactive experiences expertly and efficiently. It also creates binaries targeted for specific platforms such as Android, which developers can publish to Kindle Fire and the Amazon Appstore for Android.

    Amazon launched an In-App Purchasing API earlier this year, enabling developers to sell digital content and subscriptions within their apps and games. The average In-App Purchasing transaction generates more than twice the revenue of the average paid app transaction. In addition, Amazon recently announced GameCircle APIs, which provide developers with a series of features that encourage engagement within their games, including Achievements, Leaderboards, and Whispersync for Games. GameCircle also displays relevant gameplay data, such as Leaderboards and the number of friends playing a game, front and center within Kindle Fire’s games library, creating a unique opportunity for developers to keep customers engaged with their games.

    Developers can access the free plugins for these valuable features by visiting http://developer.amazon.com.

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