From the beginning, our mission has been to “coronify” technologies that unlock your imagination: we’ve constantly been looking at ways to eliminate the stumbling blocks that get between you and your goal of shipping the best apps out there.
Since then the industry has evolved at a lightning pace. Integration of back-end services has become increasingly important, and in some cases, vital to how apps need to work. The brick wall that app developers typically face is that back-end development is just so different from mobile app development — like the difference between left-brain thinking and right-brain thinking.
For anyone used to app development, that’s an incredible hurdle to jump over. Even building basic things into an app — leaderboards, social sharing, multiplayer gaming, and so on — can have a steep learning curve, especially getting those pieces to work on a cross-platform basis.
So today, I’m happy to announce that Corona Labs and Game Minion are joining forces. We will be launching a new product called Corona Cloud that builds and extends upon Game Minion’s incredible set of services. Corona Cloud is going to really change how you think about using cloud services in your mobile apps. Our goal is to dramatically accelerate your ability to integrate your mobile apps with the cloud. In other words, we want to coronify cloud development in the same we’ve been doing with native app development.
When we first got in touch with the Game Minion folks, one of the first things we noticed was that we both shared the same passion for developer experience. We both really cared deeply about how we could make the lives of developers more efficient and productive. The more we talked, the more it became clear that a seamless integration of the Corona SDK and (what we now call) Corona Cloud was going to make developing apps simply irresistible.
Earlier this year, I talked about how ridiculously hard it is to build something. In that way, I think developers are like artists. You need to have an incredible amount of desire to turn an idea into something real. You must summon serious focus to make it happen. And when you finally are able to share your creation with the world, you feel this intense feeling of satisfaction.
This also happens to be the deep visceral feeling at the core of everyone here. We’re an incredibly passionate, hard-working, and driven bunch. As our ambitions have grown, so has the team. In the past 6 months, we’ve nearly doubled in numbers, and I’m not even counting the folks from Game Minion. The common thread after all these years — the thing that binds us — has been staying true to these artist ethics — of having a deep passion for what we do here.
It’s the artist in us that drives us. To relentlessly innovate on the Corona SDK. To boldly reinvent with Corona Cloud. And to hopefully inspire you to tap into the artist within you.