I saw an interesting piece of news at indiegamer. Skype – the online calling company – is going to enter to casual gaming world. Skype’s Game Channel will have access to huge installed user base, and according to businessweek Skype software will cater to distribution, DRM and e-commerce requirements.
Skype says that it’s really easy to make your existing games Skype compatible, and they will provide all the help developers might need. They are after games less than 10MB to download, and will host it on Skype’s servers. For larger games additional arrangements may be required.
Besides file size limitations, they mentioned that they are preferably after multiplayer casual games so that Skype buddies can play against each other. (Which for us would mean that we might think to approach Skype with our upcoming Edoiki game)
Director of Skype Developer program announced:
â€œPeople are increasingly using Skype to interact with one another, with many choosing to play simple games like checkers or backgammon. However, the tremendous size of Skypeâ€™s user-base makes it an ideal environment for multi-player and community-based games in which people can play against or collaborate with one another,â€
â€œWe hope the Skype Game Channel becomes a popular entertainment destination within the Skype community. Our goal is to make it as easy and profitable as possible for the developers, while keeping it simple and fun for consumers to useâ€
I must say this is very interesting move from Skype, and we wait to see how Skype survives in the casual gaming world. There are lots of big players such as Big Fish Games already (and probably more coming as we speak) so Skype will need to make sure their user base can get the games properly.
It’s interesting that Microsoft (for example) has their own casual game portals, but they haven’t used Messenger to advertise their casual games. I suppose they have a good user base waiting there. (Or if they have advertised it – at least I’ve missed them).
For more information about the Skype Game Channel, proceed here.