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DirectPlay

DirectPlay is a software interface that simplifies application access to communication services.

DirectPlay has become a technology family that not only provides a way for applications to communicate with each other, independent of the underlying transport, protocol, or online service, but also provides this independence for matchmaking servers and game servers.

DirectPlay provides well-defined, generalized communication capabilities. DirectPlay shields applications from the underlying complexities connectivity implementations.