If you're the kind of gamer who likes to bask in your successes by flooding your social streams with high scores, news that BlackBerry manufacturer RIM had purchased games network Scoreloop may well have caused alarm.
Much like other mobile gaming networks, Scoreloop provides leaderboards, achievements, and social network integration for scores of titles across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and bada.
While its acquisition was undoubtedly a shrewd move for BlackBerry owners, for those whose titles tap into the network on rival platforms, the worry was RIM would pull support, tying the network to its own OS exclusively.
It fell on sister site PocketGamer.biz, then, to get in contact with RIM to put any concern regarding Scoreloop's cross-platform future to bed, with the company stating there are no plans to alter the network's operations on iOS, Android, and the like.Pocket Gamer: What brought about RIM's move for Scoreloop?
RIM: We have recently enabled our developers to create social app experiences through our BBM Social Platform and have seen some very innovative applications result from that.
We look forward to working with the team at Scoreloop to provide tools that will further enable our developer community to take gaming to a new level of social integration on the BlackBerry platform.What advantages can Scoreloop offer RIM?
The Scoreloop team brings their expertise in mobile, social gaming to the BlackBerry platform.Will Scoreloop be integrated into BlackBerry OS?
RIM is not announcing any specific product plans relating to Scoreloop at this time, but we will keep you posted.
What impact will the purchase have on Scoreloops operations on rival mobile platforms?
Scoreloop will continue its cross-platform approach. Scoreloop is the developer of a mobile gaming SDK used by developers on the Android and iOS platforms.
Scoreloop also offers an SDK for Windows Phone and Bada, and for AirPlay and Unity 3D game development environments.Thanks to RIM for its time.