Game SDK Corona Labs Adds Support for Android TV


Creating 2D games continues to get easier due to the wide spread of cross-platform game engines with plenty of tools to help new developers get started. Corona has given developers a great set of these tools to build mobile games and have helped create many successful games. They use the Lua programming language, which is very similar in syntax to C++.

Now Corona is beginning to expand their platforms. They’ve updated their software development kit (SDK) recently to include a greater focus on TV. Although

We’re proud that Corona Labs developers will be able to publish apps to exciting new channels, including Apple TV, Android TV, and desktop computers, using the same fast, easy platform they are already using to build great games and apps for mobile.

Corona is free for developers to get started including no royalties. They say setup takes just five minutes and making games is easy. While there may be a small learning curve, Corona seems to provide a lot of boilerplate code including in-app purchases, a physics engine, and databases. There’s also integrated support for Google Play Games.

Moreover, Corona has been looking at other ways to provide better developer experiences. CoronaCards is a way to take the same simple cross-platform development for any kind of app. Another area of focus is in supported platforms. They want to bring mobile game development to the desktop so anyone will be able to play. Either way, their SDK is all about 2d, and there doesn’t seem to be plans to add 3d. That field is likely taken by Unity.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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