Social gaming platform OpenFeint shutting down

By , Nov 19, 2012

It appears that OpenFeint, one of the first multiplayer gaming platforms for iOS, will be shutting down next month. The service was acquired by Japanese internet media company Gree in 2011 for $104 million. And last week, Gree announced that it would be shutting it down.

Even worse, the firm has only given developers a month’s notice to migrate away from OpenFeint. As of December 14th, the service will go offline, and any game or application still using it will either need to be updated, or will suffer from severely crippled online components…

TouchArcade (via MacRumors) reports:

“Developers have until December 14th to migrate away from OpenFeint, at which point it’ll be offline forever. Even under normal circumstances this sort of deadline would be pretty crazy, but it’s especially insane now given the massive influx of developers working around the clock to get their apps and games submitted before the cutoff to have them approved and on the App Store before the iTunes holiday freeze.

Basically, to make this cutoff, developers are going to need to drop everything they’re doing, open up every old project that utilizes OpenFeint and re-code all of those API hooks to either use Game Center or whatever proprietary solution they come up with on their own. Assuming that doesn’t take too long, compiling, uploading, and crossing their respective fingers might result in no downtime for their users.”

OpenFeint first launched in early 2009, and at the height of its popularity, it had more than 180 million users (Xbox LIVE has about 70 million). It was integrated into more than 900 iOS games, including popular titles like Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride and Tiny Wings.

Regardless of its now-certain fate, OpenFeint played an extremely important role in the iOS story. It was the first widely used, cross-title leaderboard on Apple’s mobile platform, and helped pave the way for the company’s own Game Center application.

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  • http://twitter.com/alexx1291 Cazz

    Herro our choice for name is gree.

    Did he mean glee? Yesh gree.

    Uhh gree it is.

    Rets cerebrate!

    • Tom Canuck

      I literally loled

      • http://twitter.com/digitalfeind Dani Hayes

        I literally ROR’ed

  • Josh

    Finally!

  • Darren Smith

    Why?

  • http://twitter.com/I3eckk Beck Hoefling

    Great! Gamecenter is way better

  • http://twitter.com/jmarsh5 Justin Marshall

    This is good news for Game Center. This makes it the next best alternative in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/joeymendoza Joey Mendoza

    Why? I have game that sync with this service. Now what do I loose all my progress. FML

  • inc188

    but why>?

  • JakeyFlower

    Finally I hate it “game centre for the win” :)

  • http://twitter.com/myorangeisstuck wahaha

    I can finally say “I don’t want these awesome features”

    • http://www.facebook.com/kelly.hewitt.731 Kelly Hewitt

      I always chose that

  • Osama Bin Laden

    I wish GC will allow us to message other players..

    • http://www.facebook.com/madmankadz Kadeem Kadz Dulice

      Yes OMG theirs this chic iv been dieing to talk too .. i beat her high scores for attention !!! …

    • http://twitter.com/TimothyBryant94 Timothy Bryant™

      They do. It’s called iMessage.

      • Osama Bin Laden

        Sure! Let’s message my friend! [Gessi}!!

  • http://twitter.com/wamid Mohammed Shehab

    Good riddance.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Good riddance… never used it.

    • madmaxmedia

      Are you saying you don’t want these awesome features???

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    Finally I hate this annoying service!

  • http://twitter.com/GameCenterGames Game Center Games

    I remember those days. I was actually a moderator for the forums when they first launched. It truly was a big step. I wonder if we would even have Game Center today if OpenFeint and Plus+ had not come out?

  • LUKA HORVAT

    ve sam ja dosal ali samo malo