Amazon Opens the Doors to Kindle Developers

Thu, Jan 21, 2010


The Amazon Kindle is a very fine device, if you’re a reader. No-hassle wireless service, quick and easy downloads, and a growing library of excellent literature. Still, I don’t think there’s been an electronic device in the last 15 years that someone has looked at, and hasn’t said, “Okay, but how can we get some games on there?” The Kindle is no exception. Amazon has just announced the availability of the Kindle Development Kit, which will be going into “limited beta” next month, and you’d better believe Sudoku is already in the works.

Kindle development won’t strictly be for games, of course; Amazon’s press release makes mention of things like an interactive Zagat Guide, and one can easily foresee more features for taking notes on one’s books. Of course, the press release also includes this hungry quote from EA Mobile:

“As the leading worldwide publisher of mobile games, EA Mobile has had the privilege of collaborating with many dynamic and innovative companies in bringing exciting gaming experiences to new platforms,” says Adam Sussman, Vice President of Worldwide Publishing, EA Mobile. “Working with Amazon, we look forward to bringing some of the world’s most popular and fun games to Kindle and their users.”

Not too hard to see which way the wind is blowing, is it? Look for Kindle Tetris in a few months.

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