GameCircle for Amazon's Kindle Fire will allow developers to add achievements, leader boards and even cloud syncing to games. Developers who utilize the GameCircle APIs will be able to include achievements that gamers can earn, such as trophies, badges and awards, while also receiving message updates without leaving the game. GameCircle reportedly will offer a cloud syncing feature as well, which will save a player's progress and make it available the next time the game is played, even if it's on a different tablet.
The service, which is Amazon's answer to Apple's Game Center, is intended to help game developers keep users more involved.
"Amazon is clearly looking to become a gaming network and is following Apple's lead," said Billy Pidgeon, principal analyst for
M2 Research, "but this should and could outdo Apple, as Apple -- especially under Steve Jobs -- never understood games."
Although mobile phones have long been the untapped market for game developers, it appears that makers are looking for gamers to tap in with tablets.
"Gaming is going to be more important than ever as people broaden their tablet usage from single apps to an 'always on' device," Josh Crandall, principal analyst for
NetPop Research, told TechNewsWorld. "Having a few games... Source/Origin >> Read More