Zipline Games launches open source dev platform Moai

Zipline Games launches open source dev platform Moai
Zipline Games has announced the launch of version 1.0 of its open source Moai game development platform, providing what's billed as smoother cross platform production across iOS, Android, and Chrome.

The platform, which attracted 6,000 developers during its public beta, aims to provide an entire suite of services to aid developers.

These include cloud-based data storage, cross-platformer leaderboards and achievements, in-game news, and push notifications to existing iOS and Android games.

Open for business

Big names in the mobile games development already using the platform including Bungie Aerospace, Go Go Kiddo, Nay Games, and Crimson: Steam Pirates developer Harebrained Schemes.

"We're ready to declare Moai open for business," said Zipline Games CEO Todd Hooper.

"If you're a mobile games developer, we look forward to welcoming you to the Moai platform and the great community we've created in the past year."

On Cloud 9

DistinctDev, maker of the hit app The Moron Test, is one of the companies who has jumped ship to Moai and the company claims it has already seen the benefits of its streamlined development tools.

"It's been a great experience," said DistinctDev CEO Berkeley Malagon.

"Before Moai, it took three months and coordination with an outside firm to port the iOS version of The Moron Test 1 to Android.

"Using Moai, we released The Moron Test 2 to both platforms on the same day with all development done in-house."

Zipline will continue to offer free Moai cloud services through 30 April before then rolling out charges.

A number of packages will be available, ranging from the free Sandbox account to the premium $499 Studio and bespoke Chart Leader accounts. Developers interested in a Moai account can pick one up from the platform's website.

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