As the saying goes, when it rains, it pours, and right now, the good news about the future of Android gaming is pouring in. It seems that OpenFeint, one of the big names in the mobile social gaming industry, and The9, an online game and developer based in China, have partnered up and are trying to convince iOS developers to port some of their popular apps onto Android by helping fund the cost of porting the apps.
The two companies have a $100 million develop fund that they will split up among developers and games that they believe will be a hit on Android. The9 and OpenFeint will select games which they believe have lots of promise, and will then fund the cost of porting them to Android, as well integrating OpenFeint.
Some games will also be chosen by The9 to be localized for the Chinese market, and then sold there. For those of you who don't know, OpenFeint is a self-described "mobile social gaming ecosystem for all app stores and mobile devices" that is likely featured in some of the games you have installed on your phone right now.
Developers who are interested in the possibility of getting partial funding for porting their app to Android can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Here's to hoping we'll be seeing some more hits coming to Android devices by years end.
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