Snap has experimented with adding game-like elements to Snapchat in the last few months, but that might have been leading to a much bigger investment. Sources tell The Information that the company is planning to launch a gaming platform this fall within the photo app, and has already lined up at least one gaming publisher to make a title for its new platform.
Unlike the previous filter-specific semi-games, reaching out to developers implies a larger effort to bring more developed gaming experiences to the app; The alleged plan is to downloaded titles from an app store within Snapchat. Per The Information’s source, Snap has been working on the platform for at least a year, and reportedly acquired the UK-based startup PlayCanvas last month, a company that makes software for creating mobile games. Two weeks ago, Snap introduced out a developer kit letting teams log in to their apps using Snapchat login info.
Despite a Snap’s promising winter, Snapchat’s controversial visual redesign stunted user growth, so a game platform may help draw more — especially if titles harness the app’s AR possibilities. They aren’t the only social company looking to invest in gaming: At F8 last month, Facebook revealed its big plan to lure more developers to make ‘Instant Games’ that are playable in Messenger or the News Feed.
We’ve reached out to Snap for comment and will include their response when we hear back.
By: David Lumb