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OpenFeint Co-Founder Peter Relan Rallies for Mobile Developers: Announces OpenKit, an Open Source Backend Services Platform, With Data Portability Guarantee; GitHub Like Freemium Pricing
OpenKit(TM) Will Be the First, Completely Open, Developer Friendly Platform for Mobile App/Game Developers With Cloud-Based Services Including Leaderboards, Achievements and More
By: Marketwired .
Dec. 12, 2012 03:01 PM
BURLINGAME, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/12/12 -- Peter Relan, founder of social gaming incubator YouWeb, and pioneering seed investor behind OpenFeint, the first and de-facto social gaming network for smartphones and tablets, announced today OpenKit the industry's first completely open platform for backend services for mobile developers, with a guarantee of "no lock-in of developer data."
With OpenKit, developers will use an open source toolkit on iOS and Android to plug into backend services critical to apps in the post-PC era: common services for all types of apps, including a universal account authorization service and a cloud storage service, plus app-specific services such as leaderboards/achievements for game developers.
Unlike OpenFeint, OpenKit is not intended to be a user network: developers can take their user data and OpenKit source code and host their own backend service. OpenKit will provide a universal authorization service for any user network including Facebook, Game Center, Twitter, Google+, GREE, etc.
Open Forever: No Walled Gardens
"We need an open source, open data cloud service for developers where the terms are clearly articulated as: If you ever want to move off the OpenKit cloud service, you can take OpenKit source code and you can take your user data with you whenever YOU choose. If developers choose to host the service as a convenience to them, there will be a freemium pricing model available."
Crack Team Ready to Deliver by January 2013
Relan says he was approached by a start-up team of "crack indie developers" a month ago with the idea, and the team is already working to develop OpenKit V1.0, and if a sufficient number of developers sign up in the first week after this announcement, the team will work 20 hours a day to double down and provide the toolkit: an open source license and a cloud-based service, as early as end January 2013.
Launch Day Product Features:
Benefits Even for iOS Developers Using Game Center
For All Apps not Just Games: Differences from OpenFeint
"An open source, open data option like OpenKit could be a welcome solution in an era where developers, including myself, are wary of using third party services for fear support could be discontinued," said Danielle Cassley, who co-founded OpenFeint with Jason Citron and Relan, and recently launched her own game Avengees. "Such a solution would ease concerns while sparing developers the time and effort required to build their own proprietary solution."
Like GitHub, pricing will be based on a freemium model, with basic services offered for free, and tiers of services for a monthly subscription fee. Even developers who use the OpenKit service for no charge will be able to extract their data and move off the OpenKit platform and host their own backend.
Developers interested in the new service can register their interest at www.OpenKit.io and also indicate a priority for which developer services should be built and open sourced first.
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