Agawi bringing games to Windows 8
Agawi, the maker of more than 12,000 Facebook games, is now entering into the arena to bring cloud-based game
streaming services to the Windows 8 platform. Formerly known as iSwifter, the company has collaborated with Microsoft Azure to launch cloud-based games across Windows 8-based tablets, PCs, and even its phones. Agawi plans to stream Facebook social and mid-core games, web-based MMOs, and PC core games to Windows 8-based devices.
According to Peter Relan, Executive Chairman of Agawi, "We are delighted to work together with Microsoft to bring Agawi cloud-based game streaming to Windows 8 via the Windows Azure platform."
Types of game launches
Apart from mid-range game titles, Agawi will also launch hardcore games (which the company describes as ‘AAA’), though the publishing partners have not been announced yet. Walid Abu-Hadba, Vice-President at Microsoft commented, “Game developers want to focus on building great games, not worrying about back-end issues like scalability and platform management. With Windows Azure, Agawi 2.0 enables developers to make high-performance games easily accessible across devices with the high-quality graphics and virtually instant game downloads.”
Learning from OnLive pitfalls
Agawi is moving cautiously and has made a strategy so as not to repeat the downfall of OnLive. Relan said, “The first problem [OnLive had] is that they tried to run a B2C service… We are a B2B platform, we’re engaging with publishers. We don’t want to be a B2C service. We’re saying, ‘Look, here’s a technology, a platform that any publisher can use and bring their game to Windows 8.” He further added, “OnLive, the reason they went bankrupt basically is that they spent a huge amount of money buying servers and running their own data centers. We’re not.”
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