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GREE announces closure of OpenFeint

GREE announces closure of OpenFeint

Over a year and a half after it acquired the social platform, GREE is to close down OpenFeint's serves on 14 December.

The news, now published on the OpenFeint website, was broken to developers via email, with GREE informing studios that the decision has been taken to enable the company to "provide innovative tools to developers."

As you might expect, the email in question invites OpenFeint developers to migrate their titles to GREE's own social gaming platform for iOS and Android.

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"GREE Platform is easy and a basic integration can take less than a week of engineering time," details the email.

"In addition, migrating your game to GREE Platform allows you to keep your user data and player scores. Please note that migrating to GREE Platform will require you to remove the OpenFeint SDK and re-submit your game to the appropriate platform."

GREE has also revealed that developers who fail to remove the OpenFeint SDK by the time of the platform's closure will be in violation of the developer agreement.

"We're focused on helping you solve your biggest challenges and providing you with the most robust social toolset," closes the email.

"That's why we're directing all our efforts toward improving and developing GREE Platform."


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Pablo Valc
Whoa. Shocking. They could (and should) have done exactly the same with at least a 3 months notice. And the timing couldn't probably be worse with Christmas releases looming on the horizon.

Anyhow, there's plenty of good alternatives out there: GameCenter, Scoreoid and (sorry for the shameless plug): Geosophic (www.geosophic.com) which delivers location based leaderboards.

Full disclosure: I work at that company. So if I can help out with any questions, I'll be happy to.

Keith Andrew
I think everyone thought this would happen soon after the acquisition to be honest. Then, when it didn't, everyone relaxed, and now suddenly they spring this news.
Simon Taylor Owner at Plastic Cow Games
Why on earth did they continue to allow developers to add games to their network until July. As a small indie (a one man band) I don't have time to go over old projects just to change something that worked perfectly in the first place.
If this is how you treat small indies then good luck getting them to cross over to Gree.
Dave Mitchell Founder at Two Tails
Stupid.