BlackBerry acquired German-based Scoreloop in 2011 with a goal “to take mobile gaming to the next level.” BlackBerry, then known as Research In Motion, was heavily promoting gaming on its newly launched PlayBook tablet and targeted professionals who also wanted to have a little fun on the side.
Scoreloop provided a way for developers to make more money from in-app purchases and various “simple social network connections.” At the time, Scoreloop CEO Marc Gumpinger, stated, “we’ll be in the unique position to integrate deeply into BlackBerry platforms to take mobile gaming to the next level. We’ll continue our cross platform approach, but you’ll see that our BlackBerry solution will be unparalleled.”
Well, it’s shutting down. In a letter to its partners, Scoreloop noted that they “will no longer be accepting new Games and Scoreloop will permanently shutdown the Scoreloop Services on Dec 1, 2014. Please remove the Scoreloop Software from your Games and cease accessing the Scoreloop Services prior to Dec 1, 2014. Additionally, the Scoreloop SDK for BlackBerry will cease to be available as part of the BlackBerry 10 SDK as of 10.3.1.”
Considering CEO John Chen is leading the company to focus on the enterprise, this is not too shocking. However, it would have been interesting to see Scoreloop’s technology embedded into the BBM platform.