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Skype creating casual gaming portal

by Steven Williamson on 17 May 2007, 10:17

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Skype move into gaming



Skype, the Ebay-owned internet telephony network, is set to dip its toes in the world of videogames in the form of a casual games portal, similar to that of other rivals in the online phone market such as Google, Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo.

The operator of the Skype games channel is a company called EasyBits who are currently seeking developers to produce comminity based and multiplayer games using their EasyBits software kit

"Skype users are doing more than just placing voice calls and we are constantly looking for new ways to enhance their overall internet communications experience,2 said the Director of the Skype Developer Program, Paul Amery.

"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".

For further information head over to the EasyBits website


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