October 3, 2010
Have you ever had a game night at home with your family? Have you ever wished it wouldn’t end? Well now family games can be played anywhere at anytime thanks to Famigo – a new destination for online and mobile family media. With Famigo, families across the web can challenge each other and bring the fun of family game night to wherever they are. We are all glued to our individual mobile devices, and now Famigo invites us to play our games on our mobile devices while sharing the joy with our family members over the same wifi network.
Famigo believes that: “spending quality time with your family is good for everybody, so we’ve created a way to make it fun and easy to connect and share with family and friends through mobile games.”
Once users download one of Famigo’s numerous child-friendly games, they can create a Famigo Family account and invite family members to join in on the fun. Once each family member has the Famigo game on their individual mobile device, they can log in via the family’s synchronized login and start challenging each other. Unlike normal web-based games where you rarely know who you are playing against, with Famigo, you actually need to be on the same wifi network as your competitors and thus end up being able to share your enjoyment with those around you.
Thus far, Famigo has released two games: virtual Hot Potato (which sounds dorky, but is quite cool when you realize that everyone in your family can see the same game on their personal devices), Rad Ribs and Family Dots. Each game currently sells for $0.99 in the Apple App Store. Famigo is currently working to expand their game lineup and online family dashboard functions.
Additionally, the Famigo API allows for 3rd party developers to integrate with the Famigo apps to find and engage potential family consumers.
Famigo was founded by former film production executive Q Beck, behavioral neuroscience PhD Matt Sullivan, and former grasshopper.com technical lead Cody Powell. They’ll be on hand at TECH cocktail Austin on October 7th.
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