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Over the past couple of months Android has certainly seen an increase in quality games coming to the platform, but OpenFeint is just not 100 percent satisfied with the comparison of iOS games to Android games. Taking matters into their own hands, OpenFeint has partnered with The9 in order to build up a $100 million fund that will help developers make the transition from iOS to Android.

We launched on Android to bring gamers great content. We’ve already helped launch 250 great games, but there’s still work to do,” said Eros Resmini, VP of Marketing at OpenFeint. “There’s a treasure trove of great games on iOS waiting for the rest of the world to discover. This fund will help make that possible for indie game developers.

We can sure hope that developers will begin to take advantage of these funds, and bring their favorite games to the Android platform. For more information about the partnership and the funding, check out the full presser after the break.

OpenFeint Partners with The9 To Select Game Developers to Move to Android, Backed by $100 Million Fund9
 
Burlingame, Calif. – March 09, 2011 – OpenFeint, the leading cross platform social gaming network, and The9, an online game operator and developer in China, today announced a new way for top game developers to help fund their move to Android. The initiative is backed by the $100 million Fund9, a Chinese-based mobile internet development fund. OpenFeint and The9 will review and select top games and will fund their port to Android and OpenFeint integration. The companies will also pick select games to expand to China and willfacilitate their localization.
Games will be chosen based on the quality of the game, past download performance in other app stores, and the strength of the game developer. Interested developers should email androidfund@openfeint.com to express interest and learn more about the opportunity.
“We launched on Android to bring gamers great content. We’ve already helped launch 250 great games, but there’s still work to do,” said Eros Resmini, VP of Marketing at OpenFeint. “There’s a treasure trove of great games on iOS waiting for the rest of the world to discover. This fund will help make that possible for indie game developers.”
The $100 million Fund9 is a Chinese-based development fund that invests in mobile app, game engine, and platform technology developers around the world. Announced last December, the fund is a collaboration amongThe9, China Rock Capital Management, Chengwei Ventures, and China Renaissance K2 Ventures.
“Fund9 is focused on bringing the best mobile apps and platform technologies to China. Our partnership with OpenFeint is a great first step. We are excited to see some great games on Android devices in China soon,” said Chris Shen, Vice President at The9.
OpenFeint is the largest cross platform social gaming network with over 68 million players in 4,800 games. Launched just last September on Android, OpenFeint already has spawned several top 10 Android hits, including Fruit Ninja, Super KO Boxing 2, and Flick Kick Field Goal Kickoff.
The9, established in 1999 as one of the leading game developers and operators in China, has stepped into the mobile internet field and now working with major telecom carriers and application distribution channels in China with high speed growth.

 
There are 13 comments

draken says:

Maybe PopCap can use a bit of these funds to speed up the Android version of Plants Vs Zombies.

jc1337 says:

this is awesome! always good to see even more quality games coming over to android.

iPwn says:

Yes! Games has been the only thing that I liked about iOS over Android. I really really hope more game developers start now showing support for Android (and not just for Tegra 2 systems either).

joebob2000 says:

Ooooh, oooh, do Orbital! I want Orbital!!!

evoss05 says:

Or put up a chart of earnings between ios and android based on the same game on the same amount of time.

Roshizzle731 says:

kinda ridiculous you have to bribe devs to make games for android. especially if their leading in market share.

trenen says:

who is leading in market share? Android? Not by much. You also have to take into consideration why devs are not jumping at the bit to make high-end games or applications for Android...hardware fragmentation. It's far easier to develop for hardware that is nearly identical in all generations than develop for hardware that spans such randomness like Android-based hardware does. From that perspective, I can see why devs are so hesitant.

MowDownJoe says:

Hardware fragmentation hasn't stopped PC gaming, no matter how much people claim it's dead. (Admittedly, it's possible to build your own gaming PC, but still...)

trenen says:

I see what you're saying, but I think cell phones are far more complex to pin point. With PCs, it's generally pretty niche and most people that invest in the newest games are more than likely to have one of the newer GPUs and some reasonable specs. With cell phones, you don't really know what people are going to have. Will they have 1GB RAM? Less? What about processor? Single core, dual core, quad core?? How about onboard memory? 2GB? 16GB? Do they have any external SD cards? How big is the screen?? What version of Android is bring run? There are too many hardware variations, I can see why developers get flustered and say 'fuck Android'. :P

dchawk81 says:

People who know they'll game on their phone will get a phone that can game...just like they do with computers.

People who don't know they need a good phone to game on their phone will learn and upgrade or stick with basic games...just like they do with computers.

Devs lose out on sales of high end games to low end phone owners...just like they do with computers.

trenen says:

Right, but your missing my point a little. I'm not talking about the people buying the phones - I'm talking about the developers. With so many variations in hardware, how are they to know which phones to support?

Parker9706 says:

Good, this year I think a lot of Developers are going to bring there game to Android!

alecpierre says:

MEGA WORM!!!!!