BELFAST, UK (PRWEB) June 13, 2001
Today sees the launch of a set of multi-player Java games which people can put on their websites for free. The games have been added to Groupboard.com, which already allows users to put multi-user whiteboards, chat and message boards on their web pages by simply copying a few lines of html code. Initially, users will be able to play simple board games such as chess, with more games being planned for release later in the year including a tank combat game.
The Groupboard site has been in operation for over 3 years, with a steadily growing user base over that time. The website is essentially an ASP (Application Service Provider) for multi-user java applets, allowing users to put fully fledged client-server applications on their web page without having to host the server software themselves.
David Jameson, Managing Director, commented "Up until now we have earned most of our revenue from licensing our technology to software developers and websites. With the launch of our multi-player games we intend to concentrate more on the Internet consumer market, which is potentially massive. At the moment there is very little interactive content on the Internet, but this is going to change in the next few years when people realise the true potential of having always-on broadband connections such as ADSL."
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Groupboard.com is operated by User Data Connections Ltd, an Internet software development and consultancy company which has been developing multi-user Internet software since 1997. Applications include productivity groupware, chat programs and multi-user games. Customers include the NOAA Aviation Weather Center, UCLA and General Dynamics Communications Systems.
The Groupboard product is currently being used on over 10,000 websites around the world and has up to 500 simultaneous users online at any one time.
User Data Connections Limited, 16 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 5JH, UK.
Phone: +44 (0)28 90331198
Contact: David Jameson, Managing Director