Mobile social gaming network OpenFeint recently launched GameFeed, a Facebook-like stream consisting of cross-platform news feed updates from other players in the network. With this addition, OpenFeint aims to foster more social competition and cooperation among its gamers. More after the jump.
This newsfeed can be implemented using a simple widget developers can plug in with one line of code. In this widget players see in-game updates based on player activity in the OpenFeint network.
The whole idea is to create a more ‘social’ network feel within mobile gaming which is still quite different than traditional social gaming. Players tend to play with strangers and social features to date have not been too successful for mobile titles. Many people playing casual titles may pull out a game and quickly play while waiting for the bus but don’t have time beyond that for sharing to Facebook. By offering a more connected experience, OpenFeint can capitalize on the impulses of players.
“We believe mobile games should connect people, whether they’re living in distant corners of the planet or using completely different mobile operating systems,” said Jason Citron, founder and CEO of OpenFeint. “GameFeed connects people by taking a simple act, like finishing a level or posting a high score, and turning it into a meaningful, cross platform shared experience.”
Overtime OpenFeint players will be introduced to new gamers via the system and also recommend games. OpenFeint’s decision to broaden its features is important as players like DeNA and Facebook look to enter the space in the near future. OpenFeint is definitely ahead of a lot of gaming networks with the plethora of features and users it has and could continue to maintain its position as one of the leading gaming networks on the mobile front.
“GameFeed will help form and strengthen relationships on the network – connecting Android and iOS gamers in ways that make playing games far more engaging,” said Citron.
Developers interested in learning more about becoming a GameFeed beta partner should visit OpenFeint.com/developers.