Not too long ago Electronic Arts (EA) announced they were creating a casual games division to focus on the creation of casual games. News broke yesterday, June 17th, that Skype is now moving into casual games. Skype is offering a game channel for casual games. They are looking for network casual games that the Skype users can play against each other.
Skype is going a step further than just offering a channel for casual games. They are doing everything possible to help developers make their games Skype compatible. Skype says it will not be hard for developers to make their existing games Skype compatible.
Even though Skype is going out of its way to help developers, there are some limitations. Games can not be bigger than 10MB and they are hosted on the Skype servers. They are also after multiplayer games and not single player games. As mentioned earlier, they want to provide games that their users can play against each other.
Director of Skype Developer program states:
“People 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 Skype’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,”
“We 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 use”
This is an interesting move for Skype. More and more companies are turning to casual games or adding casual games divisions. Casual games are starting to get major attention as an untapped market. It will be interesting to see who survives and who doesn’t. Either way it is great for the casual game market and developers.
For more information on the Skype gaming channel check out Skype’s web site.
Thanks Game Producer