Freeverse Software and Ideas From the Deep have teamed up to create
GameSmith, a cross-platform multiplayer game-matching service and online community.
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The new game service is based on OpenPlay 2.1, an open source networking library with a new version just released at this week’s
WWDC, and HMS 2.0, an online gaming system already in use by Freeverse Software for its variety of online multiplayer card and board games. GameSmith features native support for Mac OS X and compatibility with Windows games too, “a first for any game matching service,” noted the developers.
GameSmith project lead Lane Roathe said that the organization is aggressively signing up game developers to include GameSmith support in their titles. The announcement drew positive comments from MonkeyByte.com CEO Yon Hardisty and Contraband Entertainment president Bill Heineman.
The GameSmith host runs on Mac OS X and is integrated into a multi-threaded WebObjects application, according to the developer. The service will be ramping up over the next couple of months and will have its official release at Macworld Expo in New York this July. Pricing — if any — was not announced.