Amazon is bolstering the Kindle Fire’s gaming features, announcing today its GameCircle APIs have come out of beta, allowing all Kindle Fire developers to add social features and cloud saves to their titles.
Similar to Apple’s Game Center service, Amazon’s GameCircle API give developers the ability to add achievements and global leaderboards with percentile rankings to their games. GameCircle also supports cloud syncing, a feature that allows players to resume a game if they switch from one Kindle Fire device to another, and keep their progress and achievements even if they delete an app. Unlike Apple’s Game Center service, it seems Kindle Fire users can’t yet “friend” other users through the GameCircle service. We’ve reached out to Amazon for further clarification.
Today’s announcement confirms the rumors Bloomberg reported last month, alleging social features would be coming to the Kindle Fire imminently. Although Amazon’s move leaves Google Play developers as the only group without access to a platform-wide social gaming layer, Google is heavily rumored to be working on its own Game Center-like service. According to Business Insider’s report, Google’s version would also support leaderboards, achievements and a friend system.