Mozilla Labs Gaming Initiative and Game On 2010 Competition Announced
Article by George Norman
On 09 Sep 2010
The Mozilla Foundation, which has recently updated Firefox 3.5.X, 3.6.X and Firefox 4 Beta, has announced the launch of a new initiative. Called Mozilla Labs Gaming, this initiative will focus on games. But not any type of games – games that have been developed, delivered and played on the Open Web and the browser.

What does this all mean? Let me tell you what it doesn’t mean first: it doesn’t mean Mozilla will become a games studio. What Mozilla aims to do here is to become a sort of incubator for games built with Open Web Technologies such as Open Video, audio, WebGL, touch events, device orientation, geo location, and any other free, open-source tool that works across platforms and modern web browsers.

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“We want to explore the wider set of technologies which make immersive gaming on the Open Web possible. We invite the wider community to play with cool, new tech and aim to help establish the Open Web as the platform for gaming across all your Internet connected devices,” commented Director of Mozilla Labs.

Mozilla is kicking off the Mozilla Labs Gaming initiative with, wait for it, a competition. To get game developers to embrace the Mozilla Labs Gaming initiative, Mozilla has launched the Game On 2010 Competition. This is an international competition open to developers from all over the world who want to create complex and not so complex games with Open Web technologies.

The Game On 2010 site is up and running, but the contest has not launched just yet. It is scheduled to kick off at the end of the month (this month, September 2010). Unfortunately Mozilla did not provide an exact date. It did not say if there would be any prizes or how the competition will take place either.

In related news, Mozilla has recently updated the Thunderbird email client. Thunderbird 3.1.3 and Thunderbird 3.0.7 are now available as free downloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux.



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