SMARTRAC and Twinsprite connecting real toys to virtual worlds of mobile games
Amsterdam (Netherlands), Madrid (Spain), (11 September 2014) – SMARTRAC and Twinsprite cloud platform owner Digitoyx S.L. have announced their cooperation to enable the ultimate mobile gaming experience by connecting NFC enhanced physical toys through cloud technology to mobile games.
The partnership between SMARTRAC and Twinsprite – respectively Digitoyx – aims at connecting NFC enabled things such as toys or cards to smartphone games resulting in an enhanced
gaming experience for users and additional revenue for developers. The topic has gained significance as the number of NFC supporting smartphones is growing extremely fast – a fact that
is widely expected to boost the interest in NFC enabled games. Twinsprite is providing an NFC ready software platform, which provides cost-effective, turn-key B2B solutions, and is compatible
with the leading game development engines such as “Unity”.
Twinsprite’s cloud platform manages the identity and attributes of physical objects so that they can be used as active elements inside a game. Examples of these objects could be toys, action figures
or trading cards equipped with NFC tags. The platform also enables game developers to easily define the model representing the object’s data and control devices as well as the games where they
can be used. That makes it easy for the games and toys industry to create new revenue streams and raise brand awareness and retention with premium features.
Taking into account that games already generate the vast majority of all revenue in all app stores, it is safe to say that there is a huge market for NFC based games. The detailed information about toy
usage that is stored on the Twinsprite cloud platform enables the game developer to continually enhance the gaming experience. As an add-on feature NFC tags facilitate brand protection and further
enhance product authentification.
SMARTRAC is supplying the NFC tags for customers using the Twinsprite platform, ensuring that tags are fully compliant for best gaming experience “We are proud to be able to contribute with robust scalability and offer industry leading NFC expertise in order to ensure that our technologies and services fit seamlessly into the Twinsprite platform. It’s the perfect time for our partnership, as NFC enhanced games will be influencing the whole mobile gaming market” explains Mikko Nikkanen, Senior Director Business Development at SMARTRAC.
“Together with SMARTRAC we can provide an NFC pre-paired out of the box solution and offer a safe and easy entry for game developers willing to create the ultimate gaming experience joining digital and physical worlds. With this cooperation, we are paving the way for a revolution in mobile gaming”, explains Lucia Garate, co-founder of Twinsprite.
Game developers will soon have the chance see firsthand, what the cooperation between SMARTRAC and Twinsprite means: NFC developer kits comprising software and NFC tagged toy reference are
expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Twinsprite offers tools and consulting services that allow media partners to connect physical toys with digital and video games while tracking and enhancing the players’ experience. Based in Germany, Madrid and SiliconValley, the team’s deep background in consumer products, media and entertainment, mobile, product and software development, R&D, and new ventures, contributes to the success of every project. The owner of Twinsprite is the Madrid (Spain) based company Digitoyx S.L. For more information on Twinsprite, visit www.twinsprite.com and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/twinsprite
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SMARTRAC is the leading RFID technology provider. The company produces both ready-made and customized solutions used in access control, animal identification, automated fare collection, border control, RFID-based car immobilizers, contactless payment cards, electronic product identification, industry, libraries and media management, laundry, logistics, mobile and smart media, public transport, retail, and many more. SMARTRAC has its registered headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The company maintains a global research and development, production and sales network. For more information, visit www.smartrac-group.com and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SMARTRAC_NV.