Earlier this year, mobile social gaming platform OpenFeint teamed up with one of its investors, Chinese gaming company The9 to bring game developers to the Android platform. OpenFeint and The9 announced that it will be using te $100 million Fund9, a Chinese-based mobile internet development fund, to fund game developers using OpenFeint platform for Chinese games.
In just three months of operation, The9′s branded version of OpenFeint, Game Zone, is already distributing 60 live games across 30 app stores in China. OpenFeint and The9 also announced that they have selected the first five recipients of funding from their Android Porting initiative. With this funding, developers will be able to port these popular iOS games to Android and sell them globally. The9 will then localize them and publish the games for the China market.
The games were chosen based on their quality, number of downloads, and game developer’s ability. Selected games include: Pix’n Love Rush by BulkyPix, Shift!2 by Fishing Cactus, iSlash by Deullo Games, Mini Motor Racing by Binary Mill, and Babel Rising by BulkyPix.
OpenFeint isn’t the only company to try to cash in on the major potential of the Chinese gaming market. Zynga has also furthered its presence in China with a new partnership with Chinese internet giant Tencent, launching a beta version of Zynga City, a new localized Chinese version of CityVille.