Zipline Games Launches Beta of Moai Game Development Platform

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Moai enables rapid mobile game development in Lua for iPhone, Android and cloud back-end

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Zipline Games (http://www.ziplinegames.com), a new mobile games company founded by industry veterans from Nintendo, Groundspeak, and Amaze Entertainment, today announced the first beta of their Moai game development platform. Moai is hailed as the mobile platform for pro game developers and differentiates itself through its open source SDK for iOS and Android and its cloud hosting for games, all built around the industry standard Lua scripting language. Moai is already in production at multiple game studios, and Zipline has two games in active development.

“We’ve been hearing from game developers and studios about the challenges of building great mobile games and extending those games with a cloud back-end. Moai lets developers focus on their unique gameplay and code in Lua from start to finish instead of switching between two or three languages and architectures,” said Todd Hooper, CEO and Founder of Zipline Games. “After the tremendous success Rovio’s had with Angry Birds, we built a similar game using Moai. In a week we had a physics-based puzzle game called “Wolf Toss” running smoothly on iPhone and Android with simple multiplayer features in the cloud. Developers at GDC definitely saw the value of being able to create compelling games on multiple platforms so quickly."

Jordan Weisman, renowned game designer known for creating the MechWarrior, Shadowrun, and Crimson Skies franchises, serving as creative Director of MS/Xbox and founding WizKids, is one of the first developers to adopt Moai. "We were very excited when we saw an early version of Moai in January," said Jordan, "now, we're building our new stealth mobile project on the Moai platform."

Moai offers mobile game developers a no-compromise, open-source SDK for developing IOS and Android games in Lua with all the features and performance of native development. Moai Cloud expands the Lua heritage with flexible hosting and scalable cloud storage. Additional platform features and partner integration will be made available during the beta period. Developers interested in the Moai platform can sign up for the beta at http://www.GetMoai.com.

About Zipline Games

Zipline Games is a Seattle-based mobile games company and the creator of the Moai game development platform. Zipline was founded by game industry veterans from Nintendo, Groundspeak, and Amaze Entertainment frustrated by the challenges of mobile games development and sold on the vision of making development faster and easier so game makers can focus on creating innovative games with great gameplay. Zipline’s investors include Founders Co-Op and Benaroya Capital. For more information, please visit http://www.ziplinegames.com.

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