Mozilla May be Aiming For a Firefox Games Platform

That strategy has not changed and it is clear that Google will be steamrolling its weight into this market to compete with Microsoft for cloud app market share. What has changed however, that Mozilla is now quite apparently also thinking about its chances in this segment and if gaming is a fitting app environment for Firefox.

Mozilla quietly launched the developer preview of its Apps project, which outlines some guidelines how developers can create apps to run in Firefox. It's Mozilla's version of web apps, but it's all done in the open and other browser makers (if they matter) could adopt the idea. What is noteworthy is the gaming and entertainment component that was outlined by Rob Hawkes in a Mozilla Hacks post. If you have been following this topic, there is not much news and you may very well be aware that there is a Full Screen API, the Mouse Lock API, the Gamepad API, Websockets and WebRT than can be leveraged for online gameplay within the browser window. Hawkes, however, also states that BrowserID can be used to identify players. Even more importantly, it is the first time that Mozilla publishes, for the first time, ideas how the browser, in this case Firefox, could become a game platform.

Of course, feature such as the gamepad API are not yet available in Firefox (Chrome already supports this API) and Firefox lacks a certain standout feature to attract gamers and create the kind of buzz Chrome currently owns. We should notice, however, that Mozilla has gaming in its sights and given Firefox' HTML5 capabilities, it is a smart and necessary move. Of course, the strategy will only work if those features that are supporting online gaming will be available rather sooner than later.

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  • Netherscourge
    After seeing how annoying the BF3 Battlelog is, I can honestly say I don't want a web browser having anything to do with my gaming - either directly as a platform or as a launcher.

    Games are better as individual programs, not Web Browser apps.

    Just my 2 cents.
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  • Netherscourge
    After seeing how annoying the BF3 Battlelog is, I can honestly say I don't want a web browser having anything to do with my gaming - either directly as a platform or as a launcher.

    Games are better as individual programs, not Web Browser apps.

    Just my 2 cents.
  • rawful
    That depends on the type of games, and the way it is written. This sounds more like the games will actually run within the browser, like a flash game.
  • sissysue
    Any serious game or gamer will not touch this app store type games that this would deliver.