Last year, Aurora Feint launched a comprehensive social gaming platform dubbed OpenFeint that has seen success in attracting independent iPhone game developers to its rapidly growing community. But Android also has potential as a vibrant social gaming platform with its growing community of gaming developers. Today, OpenFeint is announcing a soon to be released platform for Android apps.
OpenFeint’s mobile social platform and application for smartphones includes a set of online game services such as leaderboards and achievements running in a cloud-based Web environment. Launching later this summer, the company’s Android developed community will include a standard SDK, a game discovery store and mobile payment options. Aurora Feint has also incorporated Google Checkout into the developer SDK.
The platform, which currently has a presence in over 2,200 live games for the iPhone, will include content from publishers such as Astraware, Digital Chocolate, Glu Mobile, Hudson Soft and others.
Of course, AuroraFeint is quick to assure developers that it has no intentions of abandoning its iPhone platform and stated that it will continue to add new features to that community. The existing OpenFeint platform is quite popular amongst developers and already powers social gaming services for 28 million users and is growing at a monthly pace of 25 percent. The platform is growing at a nice clip and is even getting into the social gaming arena as well.
It’s wise for Aurora Feint to offer communities for a variety of platforms. Not only will it generate more revenue for the company, but it also generates more user exposure. And while the Android gaming system is still young and not nearly as large as the iPhone platform, we know Google will soon get into the gaming space.
Aurora Feint also just announced a $4 million investment from Chinese game developer The9.