Skich, a Tinder-like recreation suggestion app the place customers swipe and uncover cell video games based mostly on their pursuits, rolled out a brand new characteristic that permits customers to launch, acquire, kind and delete video games on their units with out leaving the app.
Dubbed “Recreation Launcher,” the brand new characteristic collects video games that customers have downloaded on their cellphone and organizes them based mostly on title, playtime, most just lately performed and when it was put in. This might be useful for gamers who always set up video games and wish to kind by way of the muddle in a single place versus tirelessly scrolling on their residence display screen.
There’s additionally a “Present Playtime” functionality that tells customers what number of hours they’ve performed, to allow them to see which of them they play essentially the most and select to delete the video games they play the least. Plus, customers can launch video games by way of Skich in order that they don’t need to exit the app to play.
Skich robotically provides video games to Recreation Launcher in the event that they’re within the database. One disadvantage is that solely 15,000 video games can be found on Skich. If video games are lacking from Skich’s database, customers need to manually enter them. For context, there are an estimated 490,000 cell video games obtainable within the Google Play Retailer and over a million video games within the Apple App Retailer.
The app is “actively replenishing this database daily,” Skich founder and CEO Sergey Budkovski informed TechCrunch.
Recreation Launcher is presently solely obtainable on Android units. (Apple has guidelines about apps that might compete with its personal App Retailer, as Skich may).
In current months, Skich has added new options like the flexibility to create recreation playlists or “Gamelists” and profiles for recreation builders. Skich additionally revamped its app final yr with a brand new design, a brand new recreation choice algorithm and a piece for pre-releases.
The sport playlists are a pleasant addition as a result of they provide customers suggestions from like-minded gamers, which can be refreshing to those that solely uncover new video games by way of editor picks on the app retailer.
Skich hopes that including the brand new recreation developer profiles will give them extra model consciousness.
“We all know that the largest downside for recreation builders proper now could be discovering their viewers,” Budkovski mentioned. As a result of the cell gaming market is so saturated, it’s laborious for impartial builders to make their mark.
The corporate discovered that plenty of Skich customers obtain extra video games from a recreation developer when they’re going by way of their profile, just like when somebody discovers a brand new tune and searches the artist’s discography.
Moreover, Skich plans so as to add a brand new functionality to its Buddies tab, which presently lets gamers observe their associates and different avid gamers. Customers can see what video games their associates added to their wishlist, performed checklist, created a customized gamelist, and who left a assessment for a recreation.
By the top of 2023, Skich will launch a real-time exercise characteristic that reveals which associates have began taking part in the sport or are in the midst of taking part in, Budkovski informed us.