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OpenFeint and The9 Want More iOS Games on Android, Offer up $100 Million Development Fund

Our friends over at OpenFeint have some great news for the Android gamers in the building.  They just announced a new partnership with The9, a Chinese game developer, to help bring more hot titles from iOS over to Android by funding the porting process.  Backed by a $100 million developer fund, these two companies together plan to pick out games that they feel could succeed on Android and will then facilitate the move over.

If you are a developer and are interested in having your game backed by one of mobile gaming’s best, then hit them up at androidfund@openfeint.com for more info.

Full details after the break.  

OpenFeint Partners with The9 To Select Game Developers to Move to Android, Backed by $100 Million Fund9

Burlingame, Calif. – March 09, 2011 – OpenFeint, the leading cross platform social gaming network, and The9, an online game operator and developer in China, today announced a new way for top game developers to help fund their move to Android. The initiative is backed by the $100 million Fund9, a Chinese-based mobile internet development fund. OpenFeint and The9 will review and select top games and will fund their port to Android and OpenFeint integration. The companies will also pick select games to expand to China and will facilitate their localization.

Games will be chosen based on the quality of the game, past download performance in other app stores, and the strength of the game developer. Interested developers should email androidfund@openfeint.com to express interest and learn more about the opportunity.

“We launched on Android to bring gamers great content. We’ve already helped launch 250 great games, but there’s still work to do,” said Eros Resmini, VP of Marketing at OpenFeint. “There’s a treasure trove of great games on iOS waiting for the rest of the world to discover. This fund will help make that possible for indie game developers.”

The $100 million Fund9 is a Chinese-based development fund that invests in mobile app, game engine, and platform technology developers around the world. Announced last December, the fund is a collaboration amongThe9, China Rock Capital Management, Chengwei Ventures, and China Renaissance K2 Ventures.

“Fund9 is focused on bringing the best mobile apps and platform technologies to China. Our partnership with OpenFeint is a great first step. We are excited to see some great games on Android devices in China soon,” said Chris Shen, Vice President at The9.

OpenFeint is the largest cross platform social gaming network with over 68 million players in 4,800 games. Launched just last September on Android, OpenFeint already has spawned several top 10 Android hits, including Fruit Ninja, Super KO Boxing 2, and Flick Kick Field Goal Kickoff.

The9, established in 1999 as one of the leading game developers and operators in China, has stepped into the mobile internet field and now working with major telecom carriers and application distribution channels in China with high speed growth.

About OpenFeint:
OpenFeint is the largest mobile social gaming ecosystem for all app stores and mobile devices, with over 68 million registered users and a presence in over 4,800 games. OpenFeint is backed by Intel Capital and The9. Developers interested in more information about OpenFeint and its leading mobile social gaming technology should visit http://openfeint.com/developers.

About The9:
The9 Limited (Nasdaq: NCTY) is an online game operator and developer in China. The9′s business is primarily focused on developing and operating high-quality games for online game market. The9 directly, or through affiliates, operates licensed MMORPGs and advanced casual games including Soul of The Ultimate Nation™, Atlantica and Kingdom Heroes 2 Online, as well as its proprietary games World of Fighter and Winning Goal, in mainland China. It has also obtained exclusive licenses to operate other games in mainland China, including Free Realms, Planetside Next and others. In addition, The9 is developing various proprietary games, including Shen Xian Zhuan, FireFall and other MMORPGs and advanced causal games. In 2010, The9 established its Mobile Business Unit and to focus on mobile internet

  • MOTRAIN

    FieldRunners please!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/VonSwoopington Intesar Zaman

    GIVE ME TINY WINGS

    THANKS :)

  • Anonymous

    finally bring some dam good games to android! woo :)

  • Jawshua

    Good I hope all the games I listed yesterday make their way to Android. I really want Starfront which is an awesome Starcraftesque game and Iblastmoki, Cat Physics, Space Miner: Space Ore Bust, Plants vs Zombies, Peggle, Spore and Spore Creatures, Dead Space, Galaxy On Fire Series, Ibomber Defense, Line Rider, Cut The Rope(which I’m positive will be here soon), Ragdoll and Ragdoll 2, Tiny Wings(will be here soon), Urban Ninja, and a few more.

  • Anonymous

    great news! I wasn’t sure about open feint’s intentions when they stepped into the android realm but in this case the ends justify the means.

    not really sure why they need funding though. If it’s a great game on iOS, then it’s probably made the developers hundreds of thousands of dollars already. Unless they are just too busy spending that cash, they ought to be able to expand their presence (and earn even more money) by crossing over to android without extra incentive. Just look at how much money rovio is making after crossing over, IMO any successful game/app developer on iOS that doesn’t spend time trying to port over to android is crazy. You are literally guaranteed to make a butt load of money.

  • Anonymous

    great news! I wasn’t sure about open feint’s intentions when they stepped into the android realm but in this case the ends justify the means.

    not really sure why they need funding though. If it’s a great game on iOS, then it’s probably made the developers hundreds of thousands of dollars already. Unless they are just too busy spending that cash, they ought to be able to expand their presence (and earn even more money) by crossing over to android without extra incentive. Just look at how much money rovio is making after crossing over, IMO any successful game/app developer on iOS that doesn’t spend time trying to port over to android is crazy. You are literally guaranteed to make a butt load of money.

  • Bucho2k

    Why? So they can run like crap?

  • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

    You guys better hope you get Fight Night. That game is ridiculous on iPhone. Oh yeah Tiny Wings is the ish also.

    • Budcar38

      Why do you exist?

  • Dan

    I want tiny wings

  • Starhelius17

    @Droid-lifeisdone: Sooo…are you just trolling? Or willfully stupid?

    Anywho, since he/she/it doesn’t deserve any more acknowledgment for assinine posts, I’m excited to hear this! I’m not a developer myself, and I’m certainly on the rebel “Droid” alliance, but I will admit that iOS has some awesome games, and any measure to get some of those over here is ok by me!

    Also, it’s good that someone will be rewarding hard-working developers who are helping me get more enjoyment out of my device!

    • Anonymous

      I “liked” this and I want to double like it..

  • Droid-lifeisdone

    Why no more hypebeastin kellex cause u were proved wrong about thunderbolt…lol haha told u the iPhone wide destroy android/Droid all verizon cares for is apple haha…told u Droid is dead just like this site

    • Anonymous

      You’re right, android is clearly done. With android devices outselling every other device/OS available and a game developer investing 100 mil for mobile device gaming. Clearly you’re right… the writing is on the wall, someone call the morgue.

      • Anonymous

        Today is a sad day to really see this die… i might as well snap my xoom in half and get the better ipad 2 with its crazy good .3 mp cam

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      This guy is trolling. Android is not dead, second-rate yes but it is far from dead. More than likely it will become and remain larger that iOS. Very similar to PC vs Mac. However, iOS will remain superior in nearly every way except for spec nerds.

      • DroidzFX

        So it will remain superior to the ignorant. You are finally making sense.

  • http://twitter.com/EvanTheGamer EvanTheGamer

    CHA-CHING!

    That’s good to hear. It means more quality games for us. Sweet!

    • Anonymous

      im sure they will be .99 for us but it will be worth it man. A good game is a good game.

  • Anonymous

    China? Hmm… sounds like we’ll get some “Sexy Asian Games.” :P

  • Game_face38

    who cares the money is not going to me