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Alternatives to PlayFab

Photon, Firebase, GameSparks, Parse, and Socket.IO are the most popular alternatives and competitors to PlayFab.
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What is PlayFab and what are its top alternatives?

It unlocks a new world of creativity for game developers by providing a cross-platform "backend-as-a-service" built exclusively for games. We give game developers the tools, technologies, and know-how they need to have a trouble-free launch day, and profitable day-to-day operations after that.
PlayFab is a tool in the Realtime Backend / API category of a tech stack.
PlayFab is an open source tool with GitHub stars and GitHub forks. Here’s a link to PlayFab's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to PlayFab

  • Photon

    Photon

    The fastest way to build beautiful Electron apps using simple HTML and CSS. Underneath it all is Electron. Originally built for GitHub's Atom text editor, Electron is the easiest way to build cross-platform desktop applications. ...

  • Firebase

    Firebase

    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds. ...

  • GameSparks

    GameSparks

    The unity of the server-side. GameSparks is a cloud-based development platform for games developers enabling them to build all of their game's server-side ...

  • Parse

    Parse

    With Parse, you can add a scalable and powerful backend in minutes and launch a full-featured app in record time without ever worrying about server management. We offer push notifications, social integration, data storage, and the ability to add rich custom logic to your app’s backend with Cloud Code. ...

  • Socket.IO

    Socket.IO

    It enables real-time bidirectional event-based communication. It works on every platform, browser or device, focusing equally on reliability and speed. ...

  • Pusher

    Pusher

    Pusher is the category leader in delightful APIs for app developers building communication and collaboration features. ...

  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub

    Google Cloud Pub/Sub

    Cloud Pub/Sub is a fully-managed real-time messaging service that allows you to send and receive messages between independent applications. You can leverage Cloud Pub/Sub’s flexibility to decouple systems and components hosted on Google Cloud Platform or elsewhere on the Internet. ...

  • SignalR

    SignalR

    SignalR allows bi-directional communication between server and client. Servers can now push content to connected clients instantly as it becomes available. SignalR supports Web Sockets, and falls back to other compatible techniques for older browsers. SignalR includes APIs for connection management (for instance, connect and disconnect events), grouping connections, and authorization. ...

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Photon

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        Great customer support
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        Mobile friendly
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        Freakingly awesome
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        Chat
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        Super fast development
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        Speed of light
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        It's made development super fast
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        Great
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        Great all-round functionality
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        I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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        The concurrent updates create a great experience
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      Stephen Gheysens
      Senior Solutions Engineer at Twilio · | 14 upvotes · 364.9K views

      Hi Otensia! I'd definitely recommend using the skills you've already got and building with JavaScript is a smart way to go these days. Most platform services have JavaScript/Node SDKs or NPM packages, many serverless platforms support Node in case you need to write any backend logic, and JavaScript is incredibly popular - meaning it will be easy to hire for, should you ever need to.

      My advice would be "don't reinvent the wheel". If you already have a skill set that will work well to solve the problem at hand, and you don't need it for any other projects, don't spend the time jumping into a new language. If you're looking for an excuse to learn something new, it would be better to invest that time in learning a new platform/tool that compliments your knowledge of JavaScript. For this project, I might recommend using Netlify, Vercel, or Google Firebase to quickly and easily deploy your web app. If you need to add user authentication, there are great examples out there for Firebase Authentication, Auth0, or even Magic (a newcomer on the Auth scene, but very user friendly). All of these services work very well with a JavaScript-based application.

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      GameSparks logo

      GameSparks

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          Parse

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            Fast
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            Cloud code
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            Good for prototypes
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            Parse Push
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            Cross Platform
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            Parse Core
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            Parse Analytics
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            Quick chat and profile capabilities
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            Free Tier
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            Cloud Based
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            Free
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            Local Datastore
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            In the research project, the 1st client shows panoramic videos in a so called cave system (it is the VR setup of our research lab, which consists of three big screens, which are specially arranged, so the user experience the videos more immersive), the 2nd client controls the videos/locations of the 1st client.

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