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Quazal Gets Sony Approval As PlayStation 3 Middleware Developer

by Rainier on March 20, 2006 @ 8:49 a.m. PST

Quazal announced today that they have been approved for SCEI's Tools and Middleware program for PlayStation 3, and that versions are ready for evaluation by interested PS3 game title developers.

With this approval, Quazal will develop and market networking middleware technologies for the powerful computer entertainment system, much to the delight of dozens of developers and publishers who have been anxious to work with Quazal's Net-Z in-game and Rendez-Vous lobby and matchmaking technologies for Playstation 3.

"The next generation of game consoles brings a lot of power to developers, but many of the problems inherent in online gaming remain," said Martin Lavoie, CTO of Quazal. "With true cross-title support, and support for multiple PlayStation platforms developers can save time and money on their online games, while delivering cutting edge features to their end users."

By incorporating Quazal's technology into their game titles, developers and publishers will open the door to low-risk lobby and matchmaking development with Quazal Spark!, as well as the innovative features of Quazal Net-Z and Rendez-Vous. Because of the cross-platform nature of Quazal's technologies, these ideas will be far easier to implement than ever before.

"A developer making a game during this transition period may want to target not only next-generation platforms like Playstation 3, but also current generation platforms such as PlayStation 2 and PSP," stated Mike Drummelsmith, Developer Relations Manager at Quazal. "With Quazal's technologies, including the new Spark! platform, online games can target all three of these platforms with minimal effort, lowering risk drastically."

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