On Thursday morning, Amazon revealed GameCircle, calling it â€śa new gaming experience for Kindle Fire,â€ť reports Apple Insider.
Like Appleâ€™s Game Center, Amazonâ€™s GameCircle rewards gamers with achievements and shows scores in leaderboards. It also has a cloud-syncing feature. At present, the beta version of GameCircle has been tested with games such as Temple Run, Doodle Jump and Triple Town.
â€śOur goal is to give developers great tools to quickly and easily reach new customers and keep them engaged,â€ť said Paul Ryder, vice president of Apple, Games and Services atÂ Amazon. â€śThatâ€™s why weâ€™re creating easy-to-integrate APIs for features like leaderboards, achievements and sync. We also introduced In-App Purchasing API in April, allowing developers to offer a seamless 1-Click buying experience within their apps and games and weâ€™re just getting started.â€ť
The achievements feature in Amazonâ€™s GameCircle will give players a way to track their trophies, badges etc and will alert players to their achievements through in-game messages.
Leaderboards in GameCircle will provide players with in-game information about top scores from otherÂ Kindle FireÂ users.
Players will also be able to use GameCircle to sync gameplay progress to the cloud, which can then be recovered if an app is deleted or restored or if the player decides to switch devices. However, GameCircle is Kindle Fire only at present, which suggests thatÂ AmazonÂ could be planning to introduce a new tablet or smartphone in the near future.
Appleâ€™s Game Center was introduced for iOS in 2010 and is set toÂ arrive on MacÂ with the release of OS X 10.8Â Mountain LionÂ this month.