Game Development

Unity Vision Summit 2017

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VR the final frontier, these are the voyages of the backend development platform, GameSparks… No, ok, no more Star Trek references… maybe. I may have arrived back from the Unity Vision Summit a little while ago, but i’ve only just finished processing everything I witnessed and I can now report that the future looks bright for virtual reality. While the

Game Producers and their Battle for Retention

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O Captain! My Captain! Steering the ship through a quagmire of looming deadlines, dwindling budgets and all sorts of other bumps and blocks, the role of a producer is one of many challenges. They must ensure development is running smoothly and communication is flowing between departments, but the biggest challenge of all is boosting the

Writing a Highly Scalable, Server-Authoritative Game – Part 4

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In the previous articles, we discussed the benefits of server authoritative design, and minimizing network and hardware IO to enable your game to scale effectively to many millions of players. Now, let’s take a look at how you make sure you’ve done all of that correctly. It’s test time!   Test under load The only

Writing a Highly Scalable, Server-Authoritative Game – Part 3

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In the previous instalment of the ‘writing a highly scalable, server-authoritative game’ series, we looked at optimizing client-server communication, and ensuring your communications won’t prevent scaling of your game to millions of players. Now, let’s look at some server-side techniques for ensuring that your code won’t become a bottleneck when you are handling large numbers

PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator: How to Keep up with the Kardashians

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  PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator, developed by Montreal-based Outerminds, is the latest game created in collaboration with the world’s most famous Swedish YouTuber, media brand Revelmode, and GameSparks, which upon launch sent the internet berserk – going on to smash the seven day install record for a celebrity branded mobile game. PewDiePie smashes the seven day

Tips for Writing a Highly Scalable, Server-Authoritative Game – Part 2

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In the previous post, we explored how building a server authoritative game can offer huge advantages to developers, including quick and easy control over in-game functionality, fraud and cheat detection/prevention, and providing reliability and consistency between connected peers.  We also saw how using an authoritative server can help you to deal with unexpected issues and

Introducing MongoDB 3.2 Update for Live Environment

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As part of our commitment to continually improving the stability, scalability and functionality of the GameSparks platform, and following the successful deployment of MongoDB 3.2 to our Preview environment,we are very pleased to announce the upgrade of our Live environment to use MongoDB 3.2. The upgrade to MongoDB 3.2 contains a number of new features and

Roqovan Enlists GameSparks to Deploy World War Toons – In VR!

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World War Toons, created by Studio Roqovan (formally known as Reload Studios), is a laugh-out loud, bullet ridden, first person shooter and tank combat game that has been released as an open beta, coinciding with the launch of PlayStation VR. Roqovan, staffed by former Call of Duty veterans and Disney animators, has taken the competitive

Tips for Writing a Highly Scalable, Server-Authoritative Game – Part 1

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Using the GameSparks platform when writing your next chart-topping game offers plenty of advantages – off-the-shelf functionality such as social network integration, leaderboards, virtual goods, in-game currencies, matchmaking, challenges, etc.   Apart from being able to leverage all this off-the-shelf functionality, GameSparks offers you the opportunity to write a “server-authoritative” game. There are many definitions

Top 10 Real-Time Multiplayer Games on Mobile

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We’re obsessed by the advances in technology that have made Real-Time Multiplayer games on mobile what they are today. The many variables that developers can’t control and yet still have to accommodate for, such as where a player is, what online connection they’re using and so on, makes developing Real-Time Multiplayer games for mobile an

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