Social Platform: OpenFeint

[EDIT: Discontinued.]

Whoops, we’re really not on top of the iPhone gaming industry that well; we just noticed that a whole whack of the cool kids have put together a social networking platform for iPhone gaming called OpenFeint. And it has a bunch of nifty features:

  • cross-promotion between participating games
  • Facebook & Twitter integration
  • cross-game lobbies
  • leaderboards
  • game chat rooms
  • privacy controls

Whew! That’s quite the list. Now, I can see a few issues here, for starters how does their per registered user cost account for the 50% to 90% or so of users that seems to be the general consensus are pirates? — but since they say it’s free to join for free games, well, we’ll certainly look into trying this out with a free game sometime!

h/t: TechCrunch!

UPDATE: So ok, there’s a variety of social platform options! Let’s line them up:

  • Cocos Live for simple high scores so far, but it is open source
  • GeoCade is used by a number of popular games
  • OpenFeint as discussed above
  • Scoreloop , recommended in the comments
  • Viximo apparently has something going on as well…
  • [EDIT: ngmoco launched Plus+ with the new StarDefense…]
  • [EDIT: And see comment below, AGON Online looks quite interesting too!]
  • [EDIT: In July Chillingo introduced another one, Crystal SDK…]
  • [EDIT: And there’s the ByteClub multiplayer gaming platform…]

Anyone have direct experience with any of these? And are we still missing any?

POSTSCRIPT: OTHER ROUNDUPS

09.06.17: scoreloop vs open feint vs plus+
09.07.15: iPhone Social Platforms Compared

Alex | May 31, 2009
  • nikwest June 1, 2009 at 9:06 am
    Well, there is also Scoreloop for the iPhone (and other platforms). In addition to leader boards and facebook integration the Scoreloop SDK has the following advantages: - challenges, one can challenge anybody by mail, through facebook or other social networks. It's a lot more attractive, if you can play a game against your buddies and compare yourself with others. - buddies, you can add buddies to Scoreloop and then you can sess what they are doing, what games they play and whom they are challenging. - web based community - avatars, skill based matching system, cross game achievements and many more And best of all, it's completely free for the developer. There is no cost involved at all.
  • Daniel June 8, 2009 at 8:45 am
    I guess it is only fair that we also chip in on this one. :-) AGON Online is a complete social platform for iPhone and iPod Touch games. It is a location-aware online high score system, complete with profiles, friends, awards, cross promotion etc. Think Xbox Live on-the-go. http://developer.agon-online.com/ Our Google Maps integration is a visually pleasing way to see the geo-tagged high scores: http://developer.agon-online.com/2009/06/03/multiple-leaderboards-google-maps/

Leave a Reply