March 02, 2010 14:10 ET

hi5 Announces Support for Facebook® Compatible APIs

New Interfaces Minimize Integration Effort for Social Game Developers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) -  hi5, the largest social entertainment site focused on gaming, today announced a new set of Facebook® compatible APIs making it easier for social game developers to distribute their games on With the availability of these new interfaces, hi5 will be the largest social site to support both OpenSocial and Facebook compatible APIs, as well as a set of gaming-specific APIs that enable new levels of integration to the social graph for developers.

"As a leading game distribution platform, it's our job to make the process of getting games live on hi5 as easy and seamless as possible for our partners," said Alex St. John, hi5's recently appointed president and CTO. "Now, developers who have designed and developed a social game for Facebook can easily get their game up and running on hi5 with minimal development effort."

hi5's Facebook compatible interfaces, which are currently in use by select partners, support the functionality needed by most social media games to add social elements to their applications, including user authentication, profile pictures, friends, updates and photos. The new APIs also support the JavaScript interfaces necessary to enable user actions such as friend invitations. With this initial set of interfaces, many game developers can take games built for Facebook and run them on hi5 with little or no revisions.

"As a small studio, efficient development is crucial for our business. hi5's Facebook compatible interfaces have allowed us to build applications for both platforms with ease," said Matt Wilson, founder and director of development for Detonator Games. "In fact, we recently brought a game we created for the Facebook Platform onto hi5 with very little modification."

hi5 was among the first social sites to provide support for third-party applications with the launch of its OpenSocial-based developer platform in March 2008. Thousands of developers have built OpenSocial applications that run on hi5, and the company was a founding member of the OpenSocial Foundation along with Google, Yahoo! and MySpace. hi5 will continue to support and advance its OpenSocial interfaces.

This effort is the first of many new technologies we will be announcing over the coming months to make hi5 the leading marketplace for great social media games. Alex St. John will be announcing hi5's much-anticipated new Game Developer Program in a dedicated session at the upcoming Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 10 at 4:15 p.m.

About hi5
Founded in 2003, hi5 today is among the top 20 largest web sites in the world and the leading destination site focused on social entertainment and gaming. Combining a robust social platform with premium content and game mechanics, hi5 delivers a fun, expressive, and interactive entertainment experience to millions of users around the world. Available in over 50 languages, the site features localized games, virtual goods and other content that is monetized through hi5 Coins, a global virtual currency supporting over 60 payment methods and 30 currencies worldwide. For more information on hi5, visit

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