The game industry today offers plenty of development engines to choose from. Unfortunately, there is no technology that allows all devices to plug into the same game server in real time. Almost 69 million Americans will be playing social games in 2012, according to analysis firm eMarketer. Within the Rackspace Startup Program there are several companies that cater to social games, the new buzz word in the industry, but it’s limited to device specific social play. To Digital Harmony Games, that’s not social at all. That’s just online play with social features, stuck in its own device.
“Games are rapidly moving into the mobile space, delivering content directly to the consumer. While multiplayer games are just hitting the surface, mobile games should be platform agnostic, allowing a player to connect to any mobile device despite the carrier, distributor, or the platform,” says Keren Kang, Co-founder and COO, on why she and Jeff Lujan, CEO and Co-founder, launched Digital Harmony Games as part of the Austin Technology Incubator’s Landing Pad Program. “We’re a developer of B2B real time, cross-platform connective technology ‘Harmony Tech’ with over 50 years of collective experience in the industry and the social games to exploit that technology.”
“The mobile, tablet and browser space (gaming or not) is headed in the cross-platform connective era. Today this is available in a limited, turn-based capacity, reliant on a user waiting for another user to respond. In this way, the turn-based connectivity restricts socializing to a ‘wait-for-a-reply’ type of experience rather than real time voice or keyboard chatting. To us, that’s not social. That’s just a text message,” explains Keren. “We are developing a middleware network solution that enables any and all developers the ability to connect all smart phone, tablet, and browser platforms into the same environment.”
Digital Harmony Games chose to use Rackspace Managed Cloud to build its infrastructure. “Jeff and I have been using Rackspace since our last company, which developed massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG’s). The service, location, and cost are the best around. The pros: location, customer service, Cloud capabilities, exchange server, uptime, CDN Connect-ability. The cons: email spam, but that gets filtered in the quarantine,” says Kang. “We’re complete nerds that want to make cool things. Rackspace Managed Cloud allows us to focus on our passions. We’re developing two games simultaneously, have become an official partner with leading US distributer TapJoy, in negotiations for publishing our games with several top tier publishers, and looking to raise our full series A funding.”
Digital Harmony’s patent pending ‘Harmony Tech’ paired with their cross-platform designed games, is set to revolutionize the social games space while adding value to all industries that utilize mobile, browser and tablet devices. Congratulations to Digital Harmony Games and its pursuit to revolutionize the social games space.
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