There’s a big problem about real-time multi-player games: not only do game developers need enough signed up game players to match simultaneously, the data connections just aren’t up to speed. Well, that’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. But Seattle-based tech startup Jawfish Games might well have solved both problems with its new gaming platform, an invention which might induce Pavlovian drooling amongst clued up product managers.
A new era in gaming?
Having recently raised $3.65 million from angel investors (including Right Side Capital and Founders Fund), the platform is set for big things: it’s capable, the firm says, of supporting 1 million tournaments and 100,000 players simultaneously for under $10 in bandwidth. And it’ll do so across Android, iOS and the Web.
The startup’s CEO and co-founder Phil Gordon, who helped build the platform with engineers who developed the Full Tilt Poker site, is clear about the path ahead. He said:
“Basically what we’re looking to do is to take games that people know and love and reinvent them for multiplayer real-time tournaments. That’s exactly what we’re going to do across a wide spectrum of games.”
Product managers who are also poker aficionados will need no reminding that Gordon is a veteran championship poker pro, so it’ll come as little surprise to find that the first game on the new platform will be a poker offering. It’s been designed to look and sound like a genuinely broadcasted game, featuring Gordon’s own dulcet tones as commentator throughout play.
More in the pipeline
But that’s not all. Jawfish Words has also been launched in partnership with Amazon, allowing players to compete for the highest scores on a basic word search game. And there’s more, all those salivating product managers might be intrigued to hear: a classic suite of games is in the pipeline, from casino favorites to more casual offerings.
Gordon is adamant that, short of a “top 10-kind of franchise” showing interest, the platform will not be open to third party developers any time soon. As he puts it:
“We know that our platform is the only one of its kind in the world and we think that it’s in our interest to keep the platform close to the vest and develop our own games.”