CyberAgent just announced GameWave, a mobile social gaming platform that will go live this spring. No doubt, this will be an uphill battle, but there are three things that are noteworthy here:
- GameWave will be available exclusively on the iPhone
- CyberAgent wants to initially focus on the US market, not Japan
- GameWave is based on the popular Pankia middleware
Players will be able to choose between games provided by both third-party developers and CyberAgent itself, with CyberAgent saying they will support other game makers, for example in terms of marketing.
The Pankia SDK, offered by Tokyo-based gaming startup Pankaku, makes it possible to add social networking functionalities, internet match features, rankings, achievements and other elements to smartphone games.