WHAT IS BARK ARCADE?
The Bark Arcade is an online platform for HTML5 games played directly in your browser. The admission gives you access to the complete game collection. A special controlling system allows you to play the games on a big screen, using your smartphone or tablet device as a controller. Ultimately, the Web Arcade presents not only a low priced alternative to conventional online game stores, but also to regular game consoles.
PLAY AWESOME HTML5 GAMES ON YOUR BIG SCREEN
USE YOUR TABLET, SMARTPHONE OR COMPUTER AS A CONTROLLER
PLAY HOT MULTIPLAYER MATCHES
The platform gives you immediate access to all featured games, without needing to download them separately. There will also be an App provided, which enables you to play on a big screen, using your smartphone or tablet device as a controller. This makes playing HTML5 games into a whole new experience.
- HTML5 games platform
- Social payment support for game developers
- Mobile devices as controller
- Customizable game controller
- Hotseat multiplayer matches in the Browser
- Everything is in the browser: Desktop, Notebooks and Tablets can be used for the game or as controller either
HTML5 is an upcoming technology, also for game development. With more and more developers, the community is growing constantly. However, HTML5 games are still kind of rare. So after developing a HTML5 game for iOS, I couldn’t help but wonder: why aren’t more developers using this convenient technology?
What is missing, is an online platform with a correspondant payment model, where indie games can be released for free and still make money.
TIME BASED SOCIAL PAYMENT MODEL
The admission is based on a monthly payment of $2, but can be increased voluntarily. It allows access to the complete game collection in the library.
The games played by a user are being tracked, so that these games can take share in the sales according to the play time. 60% of the total income will be distributed among the game developers, 40% will be used for server costs, platform-development and -service.
SUPPORTED GAMES ON RELEASE
Game developers will not only take share in the earnings, but will also be promoted on the platform. Therefore, we are confident of finding studios which will provide their games. At least, we will support a few nice HTML5 open source games, like Emberwind HTML5, and our own games, like Steamclash.
WHAT WE NEED YOU FOR
With your help, we could employ two developers (Malte and Philip) to get the Bark Arcade started. After a first alpha version with correspondent API, the next steps would be:
- Setting up server structures
- Development of the Bark Network
- Further development of the API
- Further development of Controller Apps for Android and iOS
- Optional Desktop Apps
All donations above $2 gives you free access to Bark Arcade for a period of time. In comparison, the regular minimum monthly admission to the platform is $2.
Premium contributor status
On top of that, you will permanently have the premium contributor status, which gives you an extra contributor badge in highscores and ladders, yearly exclusive premium ingame material and features, like extra characters and levels. It will also show other players that you supported the project from the beginning in your profile.
And of course, you will get the closed beta version of the Bark Arcade as soon as it’s out. This won’t only help us to refine the product, but it will also give you the opportunity to check out the whole thing.
All donations of $64 and more will be given a Bark Arcade T-shirt, signed exclusively by Malte!
You telling the game advice
The $256 “You telling the game advice” perk offers a personal thank you from us by mentioning your name in the loading screens. Your picture and name will randomly be shown next to the game advice speech balloon for the Bark Arcade games.
IF WE GET MORE
In case we raise more than our goal of $16.000, we contemplate on what we could further develop - purely hypothetical.
Above $30.000: We will produce a free to play game for Bark Arcade.
Above $40.000: We will support Windows Phone 8
Above $50.000: We will support offline games.
Above $150.000: We will develop a set-top box for Bark Arcade!
Since this is a fixed funding, there will be no risk for you in making a donation. In the case of not reaching our goal, you will get your money back.
If we achieve our goal, you will naturally get your perks. However, we are not sure how long it will take to launch the beta version, but we are confident that it will take no longer than six months after the successful funding.
In order to use Bark Arcade, you need a WiFi connection. Modern home WiFis are stable and fast enough.
- January 2013 – crowdfunding finished
- January 2013 – Beginning of work: development of Beta version, servers ect.
- July 2012 - Closed Beta
- October 2012 - Release and start of the contributor memberships
FOR GAME DEVELOPERS
We are always on the lookout for new contacts and ideas. If you are a developer and interested in the project, we would love to hear from you so why don’t you give us a shout!
In addition to the input and network API, we also plan to provide cool game APIs for highscores, ladders, achievements and eventually even online games. Yay!
Please take note that we will need the money raised by this campaign for developing and for server structures. That is to say that any income can only be distributed to game developers after new memberships have been created.
However, the advantage of publishing a game in an early stage is that your game will be promoted and established on the platform from the start on.
- Fast default home WiFi
- Dual Core, 2x1Ghz
- 1 GB Ram
- Graphics card
- Windows, Mac or Linux
Desktop Browser (Windows, Mac, Linux)
- All browser supporting WebRTC like Firefox
- Bark Arcade Browser
Mobile Browser (Android, iOS)
- Bark Arcade App (recommended)
- All WebRTC supporting Browsers