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LayaBox ( Souyou Network Technology Beijing Co., Ltd.), also named Laya, is a freeware framework which include cross-platform game engine targeting apps and HTML5 web browsers,[3] as well as online publishing and digital distribution services.[3] First announced on the Global Mobile Game Confederation in March 2015,[4][5] it offers a list of rich Internet application lightweight and stable, suitable for developers and publishers.[5]

LayaBox
Original author(s)Xie ChengHong(CEO)
Developer(s)Souyou Network Technology Beijing Co., Ltd.
Initial releaseMay 20, 2015; 4 years ago (2015-05-20):.[1]
Stable release(s)
LayaAir1.0.0 / June 30, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-06-30)[2]
LayaFlash2.6.0 / February 27, 2016; 3 years ago (2016-02-27)
Operating systemWindows
Available inEnglish, Chinese
TypeGame engine
LicenseFreeware
Websitelayabox.com

Currently a hundred games officially use Laya engine solutions. The LayaPublish module purpose to linked them with a dozen of popular online store in China.[6]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Founded in 2014 by Xie ChengHong, LayaBox was at the start mainly focused on high-performance transcompiling flash game coded in ActionScript 3.0 to HTML5/WebGL.[7] It has since been extended to offer more tools and features for the developers with full support for commercialization.

During the International Game Developers Conference held in November 2015, Xie ChengHong announced a new 3D engine is currently being developed.[8] 30 June 2016, LayaAir 1.0 is published on official website, with 3D and VR support features.[9][10]

Name and mascotEdit

The name "Layabox" was inspired from Laya village, nestled at the foot of the Himalaya. Logo's company, a shape of front primate face, referred to Yeti, which is a famous story in the region. Also lot of monasteries may contain a sacred box which remain inside some body part of this legendary creature like scalp or fur.[citation needed]

Another reason would be a Chinese play on words between ape (猿) and coders (程序员), which have the same pronunciation and writing in pinyin: «yuán».

Technology and featuresEdit

The "Layabox Product Family" is a components suite solution designed to implement web/mobile game publishing, translating contents, profit monetization, 3rd party API and online distribution.

 
Layabox sequence diagram features overview

LayaFlashEdit

LayaFlash[1] is source-to-source compiler that runs as a back end to the LLVM compiler, making it the most suitable for ActionScript 3.0 programmers[11] to release on HTML5 platform.[7][12] It is also fully compatible with Flash IDE[13][14] such as FlashBuilder, FDT, FlashDevelop [15] or LayaAir IDE.[16]

LayaAirEdit

LayaAir is a dedicated open-source API for games and multimedia routines modules. It can be integrated from different ECMAScript standard language (ActionScript 3.0, JavaScript and TypeScript).[16] LayaAir engine use his own 3D data format file. To handle importation of assets data from 3D graphics software, LayaBox provide a tools converter from FBX files. Also Unity plugin is available to convert "GameObject" into LayaModel files (*.lm).[9]

The last core libraries released support:[2][17]

LayaPlayerEdit

Written in C and C++, LayaPlayer (codenamed Conch) is a runtime accelerator for Android and iOS to execute HTML5 games[7] with low memory footprint, low CPU consumption, logic render with dual core running, GPU acceleration, video memory intelligent management and extremely optimized rendering flow with high FPS result. Supports Canvas, WebGL and DOM-type engine.[19][20] HTML5 web-based applications, released with LayaPlayer, run on mobile at near-native speeds.

It is possible to call native library function from HTML5 code.

LayaPublishEdit

Related to publication services, LayaPublish helps channels mainstream companies to acquire internet traffic. Available as RIA form, it gives also an opportunity for developers to spread their game visibility in wide portal[21]

LayaStoreEdit

LayaStore is an embedded program which can run directly into native applications, it gives access to a full list of HTML5 APP games from LayaBox store. Introduced as a lightweight (20 Kb)[3][22] add-on component to head into a monetization for developers. They can generate revenue on either a microtransaction or numbers of mobile installation basis service.

LayaOpenEdit

LayaOpen is a platform exchange offers revenue management and leaderboard statistics activities for developers and channels distributors. Both can get product information and feedback on User data , Social sharing / analytics and monthly active users[3][22]

DistributionEdit

Developers Account lets users connect all of their game product across all distribution channels platform. Mobile marketing technology is the main target audiences.

non-exhaustive list of Layabox channels distribution[3]
2015

ReceptionEdit

Games using the Laya solutionsEdit

non-exhaustive list of game using Laya engine [23][24]
2015
  • Go Your Majesty 《上吧主公》
  • Hunter Blade 2 《猎刃2》
  • Sword master《傲剑》(by aojian趣游)
  • Westward Journey Online 《醉西游》(MMORPG by 4399游戏)
  • Dragon Shout 《龙吟三国》(2.5D RPG by KINGNET)
  • TiānTiān LièRén《天天猎人》 (by Hagoot)[25]
  • SānGuó Zhì Luàn Guà 《三国志乱挂》(by Hagoot)[25]
  • Three Kingdoms: Hong 《轰三国》
  • The Heroes Conquest 《英雄争霸》
  • Gate of Warfare《战争之门》
  • The Magic Card Fantacy 《魔卡幻想》
  • Cute Three Kingdoms 《萌挂三国》
  • The Three Kingdoms: Take the Tower 《夺塔三国》
  • I Love My Family《我爱我家》
  • Bear on Way《熊来啦》
  • Journey to the West Rush《西游快跑》
  • Hey Vixen! 《哟狐狸精》
  • Mini Hunters 《迷你猎人》

Awards and recognitionEdit

  • 2015 Industry Contribution Award HTML5 game (2015年HTML5游戏产业贡献奖)[26]
  • Best promising engine H5 prize (Layabox荣膺“2015年度最佳引擎奖”)[27][28]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b "LayaAir Release History". LayaAir Release History (in Chinese).
  3. ^ a b c d e LayaBox official website
  4. ^ "Layabox联合GMGC共同揭幕HTML5行业首部白皮书" (in Chinese). Sina Games. 2015-04-24.
  5. ^ a b "Layabox—Flash拥抱H5". pcgames (in Chinese). March 2015.
  6. ^ "Layabox引擎用HTML5还原3D端游". china.com (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2016-01-07.
  7. ^ a b c "E3 exhibitor" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Layabox引擎用HTML5还原3D端游". 18Touch. 2015-11-22.
  9. ^ a b "LayaAir1.0:不仅仅是H5,更是一场游戏变革". sootoo. 2016-06-30.
  10. ^ Xu Lin (2016-07-07). "Layabox unveils new game engine". China Daily.
  11. ^ "LayaBox旗下重磅产品Laya.Flash今开放". Sina Games (in Chinese). May 2015.
  12. ^ "LayaBox产品Laya.Flash今日开放". QQGames (in Chinese). May 2015.
  13. ^ "TFC采访LayaBox谢成鸿". QQGames (in Chinese). September 2015.
  14. ^ "直接用Flash AS3语言开发HTML5的引擎". CSDN blog (in Chinese). January 2016.
  15. ^ "Html5 development with LayaFlash and Flash develop". 9miao (in Chinese). June 2015.
  16. ^ a b "LayaAir引擎入门教程:一篇学会用TypeScript语言开发HTML5". zhihu (in Chinese). May 2016.
  17. ^ a b "HTML5行业首款3D游戏及VR DEMO曝出". Lupa World (in Chinese).
  18. ^ "LayaBox content tutorial". layabox official dev center (in Chinese).
  19. ^ damngoto (2015-08-18). "Check if a JavaScript environment has a real DOM". Taobao.
  20. ^ XiaoWei (2016-07-01). "2015年HTML5游戏完整产业链报告" (in Chinese). China Daily.
  21. ^ SyKong (2015-07-13). "HTML5台风来袭" (in Chinese). Sohu.
  22. ^ a b "Interview with Xie ChengHong, Layabox CEO" (in Chinese). Phoenix Game凤凰游戏. 2015-10-26.
  23. ^ Showcase, Games
  24. ^ "Layabox本月将上线四款大型HTML5游戏". h5god.com (in Chinese). 2015-12-24.
  25. ^ a b ‹See Tfd›(in Chinese)Layabox独代《天天猎人》《三国志乱挂》 Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine, Hagoot Games
  26. ^ "2015年HTML5游戏面临的机遇和挑战". QQGames (in Chinese). 2015-12-07.
  27. ^ 2015年度最佳引擎奖. LayaBox News (in Chinese). 2016-01-07.
  28. ^ "Layabox荣膺"2015年度最佳引擎奖"". 91手游网 (in Chinese). 2016-01-08.

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