Epic Games announced today that it’s partnering with Y Combinator-backed startup Kamcord to offer its in-game recording platform to iOS and Android devs using Unreal Engine 3. We spoke to Kamcord CEO Matt Zitzmann who told us why it’s a big deal that Epic Games and the Unreal Engine team are backing Kamcord— and not its competitor— as the go-to platform for implementing in-game recording features in mobile apps.
Today’s announcement is that Kamcord has become a member of Unreal Engine 3’s Integrated Partners Program. That means it will work with Epic to optimize the platform for the latest version of Unreal Engine and provide support to developers through official Unreal channels. Epic will also help to promote Kamcord through the Unreal Engine website and elsewhere, but Zitzmann says in the future it hopes to be bundled directly with Unreal Engine 3. Even though it’s not yet bundled directly with the engine, it’s clear Epic and Unreal are putting their support behind Kamcord as their platform of choice:
“The Kamcord integration with Unreal Engine 3 provides awesome real-time video recording and social sharing functionality that developers can drop into their mobile games for added appeal,” said Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “We’re proud that Kamcord has joined Epic’s Integrated Partners Program to bring their technology to Unreal Engine developers as seamlessly as possible.”
Epic and Unreal Engine cosigning on Kamcord as their platform of choice is big news for Kamcord’s ability to gain traction with developers, like 2K and Warner Bros., that are using the Unreal Engine to develop many of their popular mobile apps. Kamcord is today launching in Monster 500 from exclusive Unreal Engine studio Black Wing Foundation and Zitzmann says the company is excited about the possibility to wind up in some of Epic Games’ popular iOS titles like Infinity Blade.
Since the last time we checked in with Kamcord, the platform has now reached 2 billion videos recorded, up from 1 billion in August. It’s also now in around 200 games, again up from 100 in June. While not all of those recorded videos are shared to social networks and the Kamcord community, Zitzmann says one video is being shared approximately every five seconds and 2 million videos in total have been uploaded.
Kamcord’s biggest competitor Everyplay has been able to pick up partnerships with big name developers like Angry Birds creator Rovio, but Kamcord has added more games much faster thanks to a custom UI/white-label solution that developers seem to prefer. In August, the company launched a user community and other new features in addition to announcing another $1M in funding.
You can check out a video demo of how Kamcord works below and find out more about the SDK on its website.