Is it game over for Flash?

Is it game over for Flash?

Thursday, October 15, 2015 Totally Gaming
CEO Justin Chamberlain said that HTML5 offers technological and financial advantages

CORE Gaming has warned gaming operators that their Flash-based content could soon be blocked by major desktop browsers.

Justin Chamberlain, the software developer’s chief executive, told TotallyGaming.com that companies must now seriously consider switching to HTML5 as platforms such as Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox continue to discard Flash.

Chamberlain’s warning came as CORE Gaming announced that it had deployed a single codebase strategy for both mobile and desktop in a series of releases this month.

“Flash security issues have forced Mozilla to remove support for Flash in their proprietary browser – Firefox,” said Chamberlain.

“Any game that is developed and delivered to a customer in Flash now cannot be accessed by players using the Firefox browser, thus meaning significant loss of revenues and, most likely, customers for the operator.

“It is widely anticipated that Google Chrome may well be the next browser to block Flash, and in which event CORE’s HTML5 content is supremely positioned as it can and will still be accessible through both browsers.”

As well as technology issues, Chamberlain said that considerations such as cost and time were also important in moving from Flash to HTML5.

He said: “The benefits are numerous, including single-game client development saving time, money and resource. There are also single testing and compliance costs, with only one game client to support long term for maintenance and game client updates.”

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