For YEARS I have been waiting for RIM to make it easier for developers to create multiplayer games for BlackBerry. I have always wanted to be able to click on a contact in BBM and be able to start playing a multiplayer game. For example, imagine being able to select a BBM friend to start playing a multiplayer chess or even a tic-tac-toe game. These should be pretty easy to program because the communications between the devices could be like any game of chess played by announcing the moves by the place on the board.
While there have been very few notable multiplayer games over the years many of them are not optimized for push notifications and all use different systems. For example if you have ever played WordRival or Texas Hold’Em you know exactly what I mean.
I think that the new BBM Social Platform coming out in beta during Q1 will finally allow for such games. The API page clearly states that the platform will allow for:
- Streaming data between applications – Stream data between users of your applications for real-time use cases such as communication, gaming and location tracking
Wouldn’t that be cool? I can see uses for it beyond just games but I have always wanted to be able to do this properly… What is the app you want to see take advantage of the upcoming BBM Social Platform SDK?