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Amazon announce the Game Circle, a new social network for games to take on Apple’s Game Center

GameCircle is the new social network for game dubbed as "the new gaming experience for the Kindle Fire" according to Amazon and designed to compete with Apple's Game Center. Find out more after the jump.

Published: Wednesday, 11 July 2012 22:30
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Amazon’s GameCircle includes, like the Apple’s GameCenter, achievements, leaderboards and a synchronization feature for developers creating applications for the Kindle Fire. Amazon's new service has already been tested in beta version with popular game like Temple Run, Doodle Jump or Triple Down. 

Paul Ryder, vice president for apps, games and services at Amazon, said the aim of his firm is to "give developers great tools to quickly and easily reach new customers and retain them." He adds that "that's why we create an application programming interface (API) " which will allow developers to easily integrate functions such as leaderboards, achievements and sync.

Amazon has already introduced in its API functions like in-app purchase last April allowing developers to integrate within their apps an easy buying experience (understand a new mean to easier the client to spend money). Amazon says that it is only the beginning and new features will be added over time.

But let’s get back to the features announces by Amazon. On achievements side, the GameCircle will allow players, in one place and for each of its games, to keep tracks of his trophies, acquired treasures, badges, rewards and more. Players can also receive in-games messages or notifications. It’s probably the syle of alert or notification within a game which alert you on your achievements and allow you to follow-up your game progress.

About the leaderboard, the Amazon’s GameCircle allows like Apple’s Game Center to have a global view of your games scores and compare them to players worldwide. The synchronization feature offered by the Game Circle will allow a player to save his progress directly into the Cloud. This way a player may resume a game where he left off even if the game was erased from his device in the meantime or even if the player has changed device.

All the features offered by the Amazon’s Game Circle are similar to those offered by Apple’s Game Center on iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Game Center has made its first appearance in 2010 with the arrival of IOS 4.0. Competitors are busy catching up with their lates from Apple. But Apple still have a new card to play and not as late as this month with the arrival of Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Apple will extend the Game Center by allowing full integration of both iOS and Mac OS . Thus, a player playing Angry Birds, Asphalt 6 or Real Racing on iPhone can challenge or play with a friend who is playing the same game but on Mac OS. Game Center will become multi-platform.

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