According to Sony, the PlayStation Mobile leaderboard service will be shutting down on June 30th – limited developer usage cited as the reason behind the removal.
The following is an excerpt from an email sent to PlayStation Mobile developers in the last few days;
“Dear PSM developers,
Due to the limited usage, we will be closing PSM scoreboard service on June 30, 2014.
If your PSM Application uses the service, please delete the scoreboard function and re-submit your application as soon as you can. (Note: If your PSM Application uses an external scoreboard service, no actions are required.)
Once we close PSM scoreboard service, it is unable to access PSM scoreboard service. Also, we are afraid, but we cannot provide any technical support such as transfering data from PSM scoreboard service to another scoreboard service.
We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience, and truly appreciate your understanding.”
As with any change that results in taking away something that was once available (and possibly requiring extra work to “fix” the removal of a feature had it been implemented), it’s no secret that many developers are unhappy with this change. Many games on the PlayStation Mobile store rely on features such as leaderboards to provide replayability and competition among users, seeing how the titles don’t include online multiplayer – the removal of PSN leaderboards without providing a viable alternative will definitely be a hit to the already struggling platform.
What do you think about this removal of functionality? Do you think it will have an effect on the PSMobile game market, or is it simply a grossly underused feature?
Let us know in the comments.