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Corona Labs Debuts Corona Cloud, A Customizable All-In-One Cross-Platform Mobile Gaming Network (Original)

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Corona Labs is publicly launching Corona Cloud today, a cross-platform social gaming network that brings multiplayer support, leaderboards and achievements, chat and push notifications to a mobile gaming app through a single RESTful API. For developers, it means an easy way to add social features to their game that, unlike Game Center, can connect players outside of platform-specific communities.

Corona Cloud springs from the acquisition of Dubai startup Game Minion by the Palo Alto-based Corona Labs, a deal announced late last year. Corona Labs COO David Rangel told me in an interview that since then, the now-combined companies have been refining the product and making it ready for wide deployment, along with easy integration for existing Corona SDK cross-platform app development customers.

“We’ve been working on finishing a few things they were already doing, adding a few more, and this is the version one launch,” Rangel said. “[Our private beta] has gone very well. A lot of the stuff was already working when we brought Game Minion on board, so much of it was just about refining and adding a few more things. We also wanted to make it so Corona developers specifically could get really great seamless integration.”

The idea was to provide a lot of added value with the minimum possible fuss; Corona Cloud operates as a distinct service separate from Corona Labs’ general SDK and development tools, but it’s also clearly designed to speak specifically to Corona’s existing customers, and to bring more to its original platform.…

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