Quazal, a provider of online multiplayer components for PC and console games, announced that the company has joined Epic Games’ Integrated Partners Program for Unreal Engine 3. As part of this new announcement, Quazal's Spark! ‘lobby in a box’ for PC and console development and Rendez-Vous matchmaking service have both been integrated into Unreal Engine 3.
Epic Games' Integrated Partners Program establishes a formal business relationship between the game and middleware developer and select companies developing cross-platform technologies which integrate with, and are complementary to, Unreal Engine 3. As part of the program, Epic provides continuous Unreal Engine 3 source code access and full technical support to program members.
In addition, those companies that join Epic's partnership program agree to provide a high level of technical support for Unreal Engine 3 licensees through Epic’s established support channels, as well as keep implementations up-to-date with the latest software versions, and work with Epic on potential promotional and co-marketing efforts.
“We’re very excited to have integrated our Rendez-Vous and Spark! technology into Unreal Engine 3,” said Mike Drummelsmith, developer relations manager of Quazal. “Having Spark! on Unreal Engine 3 will allow for a very rapid deployment of a robust online game lobby, while the full Rendez-Vous API will be available for developers looking at more customized solutions. This should really help developers deploy their online games quickly, with advanced features.”