July 27, 2008
Gyft opened its doors in 2012 with a focus on transforming plastic gift cards into their much more convenient--and transferable--digital equivalents. Now, it's turned its attention to the gaming industry that rewards players with points, rewards, credits and coins. But when players want to cash out, gamers and others need to avoid high transaction costs, as CEO Vinny Lingham told Sarah Perez of Techcrunch.
At the The Next Web Hackathon in Amsterdam, developers played with a lot of new APIs. One that caught our attention is the Gbanga Puppetmaster API. Gbanga is a location-aware gaming platform, intended for use with games where walking around within the real world matter. It's released one game, Gbanga Famiglia, a mobile phone-based app using a theme of mafia families taking over areas and finding loot. Much more exciting, however, is its API, which allows for quests within Famiglia, and other, separate location-based games.