Heroic Labs joins the Open 3D Foundation and partners with the Open 3D Engine

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September 21, 2022
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San Francisco – September 21, 2022 – Heroic Labs, makers of the open source multiplayer game server backend solution Nakama, joins the Open 3D Foundation (O3DF) to accelerate standardization of 3D graphics development across a diversity of mobile platforms and bring their world leading online and multiplayer GameTech and experience to the Open 3D Engine (O3DE) game engine and community. This collaboration will happen inside a newly proposed O3DE Mobile Device Working Group, taking advantage of Heroic Labs’ substantial traction amongst mobile game studios.

The Open 3D Foundation (O3DF), part of the nonprofit Linux Foundation, was founded to accelerate development of 3D game and simulation technology and support open source projects that advance 3D graphics, rendering, authoring and development. The Open 3D Engine (O3DE), the first project governed by the O3DF, is a modular, cross-platform 3D engine built to power anything from AAA games to cinema-quality 3D worlds to high-fidelity simulations, hosted on GitHub under the permissive Apache 2.0 license.

Social and competitive games dominate the mobile, console, and PC stores, revenue charts and streaming services. Many game developers are seeking off-the-shelf server GameTech or middleware to power cross-platform gaming experiences, and game studios and publishers are increasingly looking to open source technologies to build their intellection property on top of to minimize risks and retain control. Like O3DE, Nakama is open source software (OSS) licensed under the same permissive Apache 2.0 license. Furthermore, Nakama is a product, not a service, where studios own their core-tech and data and can choose where their servers run, on their own cloud or on the Heroic Labs managed Heroic Cloud.

Nakama has a comprehensive feature set for game developers to create innovative social and competitive online and multiplayer games. Social features for real-time chat, friends, groups/clans, and real-time parties. Competitive features for matchmaking, leaderboards, tournaments. Multiplayer features for client relayed and server authoritative multiplayer. Economy features for wallets, currencies, and in-app purchases and verification. High-level storage engine features for performant database access at scale. Server runtime languages to extend the game server with custom logic. Support for major game engines and console platforms with client SDKs for C++, C#, JavaScript, Java, and GDScript.

Nakama is used by hundreds of leading game studios and publishers for console, PC, mobile and web, including: Zynga, Paradox, Electronic Arts, Gram Games, Sumo Digital, and Lion Studios. Nakama server has been dowloaded 5.5m times by 500k developers and Heroic Cloud serves over 1 trillion requests per month supporting over $1 billion in annual revenue for their customers.

We are excited to partner with the Open 3D Foundation and collaborate on Open 3D Engine, a professional 3D AAA open-source game engine backed by industry veterans, which targets PC, consoles, and mobile as well as the next generation of metaverse universes.Mo Firouz - Co-founder and COO, Heroic Labs

Heroic Labs personifies the value of O3DE’s modular and open source architecture. We are excited for them to bring their expertise in game server development and the mobile market to the O3DF, and to help implement multiplayer protocols and integrate their Nakama game server into O3DE. Royal O’Brien - Executive Director, Open 3D Foundation

About Heroic Labs

Heroic Labs builds Nakama, an open-source distributed social and real-time server for games and apps. It includes social services for users, data storage, and real-time client/server communication as well as specialized APIs for real-time multiplayer, groups/guilds, and chat. Heroic Labs is a Y Combinator company.

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