Beginning iOS Game Center and GameKit: For iOS, tvOS, and MacOS, 2nd Edition

  • 3h 1m
  • Beau G. Bolle, Kyle Richter
  • Apress
  • 2021

Create fun and polished games and gamify your apps with GameKit and Game Center. This fully updated new edition of Kyle Richter’s classic can help you reach new customers through social integrations, multiplayer, and achievements. Quickly add a level of polish to your apps that used to take weeks of hard work and late nights.

Implementing a leaderboard and achievement system has never been so simple! Gone are the days of writing and maintaining your own server. You'll also see how to easily add advanced networking concepts like VoIP support in hours, not days. Game Center is heavily pushed and promoted by Apple. By adding Game Center into your game, not only do you gain access to polished and professional features but your app will see a boost in downloads and sharing.

Expeditiously implement a plethora of advanced social networking concepts into your apps. Create custom Game Center Manager classes that can be rapidly deployed into any of your new or existing projects. And jump right over pitfalls commonly encountered by new and experienced Game Center developers. Become a Game Center development champ!

You will:

  • Build a reusable Game Center manager class that can be quickly used in future projects
  • Integrate Game Kit and Game Center leaderboards and Achievements into your project
  • Add real time and turned based multiplayer functionality to your game
  • Implement a real time voice chat system

About the Author

Kyle Richter started writing code in the early 90's on the Commodore 64, and soon after progressed to a Mac SE. Since then he has been dedicated to working exclusively with Apple products. Kyle is currently the CEO of MartianCraft LLC a custom mobile software development shop. Kyle has been running software development companies since 2004. His company was behind the release of the first iOS trivia game, as well as the first mobile game to support true non-local multiplayer. His companies have been named to the Inc 5000 fastest growing companies in the world on three separate occasions. Kyle has worked on notable project for some of the largest brands in the world. He is also a frequent speaker on software development and entrepreneurship speaking at more than two hundred events across the globe. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, backcountry hiking, scuba diving, and cooking. He can be found on twitter @kylerichter.

Beau Bolle has been tinkering with technology as long as he can remember and has over 20 years of professional software development experience. He’s worked on a wide variety of clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies on an even wider variety of projects including audio tools; social media apps; e-commerce, bug tracking, source control, and CRM systems; and enterprise apps. As CTO of MartianCraft, he is dedicated to creating an environment that fosters creativity and enables people to do their best work. In his free time, Beau enjoys traveling, camping, and hiking. He’s an avid tabletop gamer and has recently taken up leatherworking.

In this Book

  • Foreword—The Legend of Kyle, Game Hero
  • Introduction
  • Getting Started with GameKit and Game Center
  • Game Center—Configuring and Getting Started
  • Leaderboards
  • Achievements
  • Matchmaking and Invitations
  • Network Design Overview
  • Exchanging Data
  • Turn-Based Gaming with Game Center
  • Voice Chat
  • In-App Purchase with StoreKit
  • Game Controllers


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