My company Boonty has been in the games business for over 6 years, and has just released a new offer – in open beta – for consumers. It is called cafe.com and is a new type of experience for casual gamers and is disruptive for the industry. A few features:
- The business model is based on the "Free-to-Play" model.
- Basically all the games are free forever (no more "try-before-you-buy"), and there is no limitation on features, level, etc.
- All games session can be enhanced by the purchase of small items ("boosts"), for example an "repair" item will repair your ship if it is damaged. You can buy boosts with our Gold Coin system (virtual currency)
- All games are multiplayer (almost unheard of for downloadable casual games) but can also be played single player
- There is a built-in avatar system, and your cafe.com avatar will be displayed in the games as well as in chats, etc.
- We have added community features such as in chat gaming, a lobby system to find friends, and there are many more features to come
It took us many months of work by a very dedicated team (up to 100), so congrats to all the team behind it in our offices around the world.
And we have many interesting things to announce soon, so stay tuned !