In a move designed to tilt the balance of power in the mobile gaming wars, OpenFeint has announced they will be bringing their social gaming platform to Google’s Android phones later this summer.
Launch partners for the cross-platform shift include Glu, Digital Chocolate, and Hudson Entertainment, who already have several games available on the Android Market. Indie developers like RocketCat Games, makers of Hook Champ and Super QuickHook, have also pledged their support. On the business side of things, OpenFeint announced they recently received a capital investment from Chinese online gaming company The9.
Earlier this year Apple announced that they would provide matchmaking, leaderboard, and achievement services in their own social gaming network, called Game Center. When we spoke with OpenFeint founder and CEO Jason Citron at WWDC, he expressed confidence that they would find new markets and opportunities, even with Apple becoming involved in one aspect of their business.
Some of the Android features for OpenFeint include app discovery and mobile payment options. This, we assume, will be in addition to the microtransaction and virtual item management that is coming in OpenFeint X on the iPhone. Any developers who want to learn more should visit http://www.openfeint.com/developers/android.