I would like to offer the cooperation mode in my game.
To do this, a few game instances would have to connect.
The first player is the game master, who invites and has a control unit. A kind of chat connection should be enough.
I don’t want to build a game server that handles the game logic. Actually, I didn’t want to run a server at home. This is a bit dangerous in the wild internet. I’d rather use an open one.
Now I’m looking for a (free) chat server.
If I google for chat servers, I get fully professional solutions with video and such for companies. When I google how-to make (java) client, I only get do-it-yurself (server and client) pages.
Does anyone know of a chat server standing around there that I could build my own client for?
Or is the idea of abusing an (open) chat in itself stupid and would you recommend something else?
Otherwise I would have to have a server hosted. That would be a bit too expensive for programming exercises.
sorry for off topic.