Spil backs Apple in the HTML5/Flash format war

Spil backs Apple in the HTML5/Flash format war

By Rob Crossley

August 31st 2010 at 2:56PM

Popular game website vendor to build its mobile business on HTML5

The ongoing format war between Adobe and Apple has swayed social game studio Spil to build its games portal in Apple’s preferred HTML5 standard.

Spil says its gaming websites takes in some 130 million users per month, and claims its new mobile websites will be implemented in HTML5 and thus allow Apple’s iPhone and iPad to access them.

And as a further sign of intent, Spil is also launching a $50,000 contest for developers to make popular games in HTML5.

Most Android OSes and all of Apple’s iOSes will now be able to access Spil’s 47 game websites.

“Openness is at the core of everything we do, which is why HTML5 fits so well with our company mission to unite the world in play,” said Spil CEO Peter Driessen.

“We are aware that HTML5 is still at an early stage, but already developers can use it to make beautiful games, and we are confident that the industry will quickly embrace it.  Within three years, we expect HTML5 to be the standard in gaming devices.”