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Raphael Morgan, Product Manager, AirConsole

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AirConsole: Creating Local Multiplayer Games Using Smartphones as Controllers (White Nights Moscow 2015)

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Raphael Morgan, Product Manager, AirConsole

  1. 1. White Nights - Moscow 15 Please switch on your phone!
  2. 2. / Who are we? ● Founded in 2015 ● Based in Zurich ● Raised 1.35 million CHF Francois: Senior Software Engineer Rafael: Product Manager +4 more fantastic people: Andrin (CEO), Chin (Pixel Art), Martina & Alice (Game Devs) White Nights - Moscow 15
  3. 3. / The next-gen online game console ● Your browser is the console, your smartphone is the gamepad. ● Everything is browser based. No additional hardware or apps are required. ● Easy to get started. ● Free to play. White Nights - Moscow 15
  4. 4. / Let’s play Visit www.airconsole.com and insert the code. Please don’t press the home button. White Nights - Moscow 15
  5. 5. / Pre-Launch ● First prototype: Feb 2015 ● Team: Jun 2015 ● Release date: 4th Sep 2015 ● Launch with 6 titles Goals: ● To collect excellent first impressions from players ● Stress tested infrastructure ● Game showcases ● API ready White Nights - Moscow 15
  6. 6. / Launch We had our launch checklist: ● Make sure the infrastructure is working and can scale ● Fix all last minute bugs ● Talk to the press (We did not have a press release or press kit) ● Share the link on social media ● Tell friends, etc… And then we left for lunch... White Nights - Moscow 15
  7. 7. ”Airconsole beat Apple to making great multiplayer mobile games” White Nights - Moscow 15
  8. 8. / Learning outcomes What went well: ● Initial product design ● UX What didn’t go so well: ● Complex controllers ● Small library size
  9. 9. AirConsole/Tech_Part “A very good integration of cutting edge technologies” White Nights - Moscow 15
  10. 10. / Tech-Stack overview White Nights - Moscow 15
  11. 11. / Challenge Encourage devs to create games, which run on AirConsole. … or when you have to become a one-dev- army. White Nights - Moscow 15
  12. 12. / What to expect? ● A simple API ● Show examples ● Have a complete and good documentation ● Easy testing in the frameworks context ● Support ● Focus on game development! ● Community White Nights - Moscow 15
  13. 13. / JS API and Documentation Documentation website = support net http://developers.airconsole.com Simple Javascript API (< 12 methods) White Nights - Moscow 15
  14. 14. / Support & More Plugins More feedback: ● Better Documentation website ● less time spent for support http://developers.airconsole.com White Nights - Moscow 15
  15. 15. / Out of the box testing www.airconsole.com/simulator/#debug:http://game-url White Nights - Moscow 15
  16. 16. / We want you to focus on your game! ● Autoscaling infrastructure on different continents. ● Provide game servers (handle device connections) ● Tackle phone issues for you (keep alive, rotation, display bugs, fullscreen) ● Provide open-source libraries to get you started: ○ buttons, controllers, leaderboard … ● Publish platform: Game store White Nights - Moscow 15
  17. 17. / Technical Limitations ● Old smartphones ● Amount of buttons ● Limited performance for browser games ● Latency White Nights - Moscow 15
  18. 18. / Questions? @AirConsole | www.airconsole.com White Nights - Moscow 15

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