There’s a rumor going around that Research in Motion is working on the next-generation of its BlackBerry Messenger service. According to a rumor posted in the BBBlueZone forum, BlackBerry Messenger 6 will include social gaming over the BBM network.
The game platform sounds a lot like the Xbox Live integration in Windows Phone 7 or the Game Center feature in iOS. Users will be able to use their BBM user names as a gamer tag, track achievements, and possibly share your information with your BBM contacts.
This is all in keeping with RIM’s announcement last year that it was opening up the BBM social platform to third party developers.
The new messenger service may also support larger groups, cross chat, and more. BBM 6 will reportedly support devices running BlackBerry Messenger 5 and up.