1 Introduction

This specification describes the core protocol services of the DirectPlay 8 Protocol. The protocol provides functionality necessary for multiplayer game communication, including the ability to create and manage game sessions over existing datagram protocols such as User Datagram Protocol (UDP). The DirectPlay 8 Protocol: Core and Service Providers relies on the DirectPlay 8 Protocol: Reliable (as specified in [MC-DPL8R]) to manage network connections, to send and receive packets, and to perform reliable communication.

Sections 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 2, and 3 of this specification are normative. All other sections and examples in this specification are informative.