IGN Launches Dominate, A Multi-Platform Gaming Check-in Service

| May 13, 2011 | Reply

Social check-in services are all the rage these days.  Many find it unnecessary or unsafe or whatever, but the success of it all shows that plenty of people love it. No matter what it is that you’re doing there’s likely some sort of check-in site and/or app out there for you to record it and broadcast it for the world to see. But surprisingly there hasn’t really been much check-in activity in the gaming realm, until now.

IGN has just entered the check-in game with their app titled Dominate, first available on iOS.

Dominate is an app that allows you to check-in to any game you’re playing and share that information with your friends via Facebook and Twitter. If you check-in to a game enough you’ll become the “Dominator” of the game, much like Foursquare and its Mayors.

Dominate actually isn’t the first player to enter into this space – Heyzap recently launched a similar service that focuses on mobile gaming only, and there are a couple of others out there as well. IGN is the first to bring check-ins for every type of game across all major platforms (mobile, game consoles, PCs, etc), though.

So what is Dominate? It’s an app that allows you to check-in to any game you’re playing and share that information with your friends (via Facebook/Twitter). And yes, if you check-in to a game often enough, you’ll becomes the “Dominator” of the game — think: Foursquare Mayor.

Right now, the app is pretty barebones. But it’s also very fast and does exactly what it needs to. The plan is to get this out there and gain feedback from the IGN audience.

IGN Director of Product Management, Anand Iyer, notes that even though Dominate is iOS-only right now, the app was written from the ground-up to be platform agnostic. They used the Sencha framework with HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to write the app, then they used PhoneGap to make it iOS-native. In other words, they basically already have the pieces in place to port it to other platforms, like Android.

Iyer recognizes that there’s a lot of opportunity to go in new and interesting directions with this app — perhaps even eventually moving towards a full-fledged high level social network for gaming — completely with in-game integration. But in the immediate future, you can expect the following:

  • (Push) Notifications for when people you are following start playing a game.
  • Sharing your game play data on other social networks like Facebook and Twitter
  • Rewards
  • Get tips and information once you’ve checked in to a game
  • Get recommendations for games you should be checking out

Twitter timelines and Facebook streams are about to get even more crowded.

Has anybody tried out Dominate yet? If so, let us know what you think about it.

Find IGN Dominate here in the App Store..


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