|Type||Subsidiary of Ubisoft|
|Industry||Computer and video games|
Quazal Technologies is a private company founded in 1998. Once backed by institutional investors, it is now fully owned by its management team following a management buyout in July 2008.
Quazal provides game-related hosting services and on-line networking and matchmaking middleware for multiplayer games. Its products are used by game publishers and developers all over the world.
Origins of the Name
Quazal was constructed from two words: "Quetzalcóatl", the Mesoamerican featured serpent god who, they believed, created mankind; and "Quasar", a massive celestial object emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy.
In 1998, Quazal introduced their networking SDK, Net-Z, which abstracts the traditional packet/socket paradigm for game developers. In particular, its patented, network-aware, C++ objects (duplicated objects) can be programmed to automatically synchronize themselves. Syncsim, an extension to Net-Z, provides synchronized simulation capabilities.
In 2004, Quazal introduced the Rendez-Vous SDK. Rendez-Vous is a cross-platform lobby for on-line games. It has both client and server APIs which provide a game/console/player/client with the ability to communicate with the game's remote server/database. The Rendez-Vous backend server can be used to create and organize on-line game matches, open communication between players, and maintain each player's statistics (wins, losses, ranking, etc.).
Quazal produces SDKs for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, iPhone and Mac OS X. Its products are used in the production of on-line games and lobbies for virtually all game genres and gaming platforms.
Games with Quazal Products Include
Quazal's products are used by game publishers and developers all over the world. Some of the many games developed using Quazal's products, are:
- Tomb Raider
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
- Assassin's Creed II
- Dirt 2
- F1 2010
- Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game
- Rock Band and Rock Band 2
- Company of Heroes
- Supreme Commander
- Hitman: Blood Money
- Test Drive Unlimited (Xbox 360)
- 25 To Life
- Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
- Splinter Cell Double Agent
- Splinter Cell Conviction
- TNA iMPACT!
- Overlord II
- Far Cry 2
- Far Cry 3
- "Ubisoft buys Assassin's Creed multiplayer tech maker". GameSpot. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
- Tna Impact! Q&A - Ign
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