jueves, diciembre 30, 2004

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot speaks his mind on the EA deal
"Just five days before Christmas, with many game industry staffers already on vacation, Electronic Arts dropped an explosive bit of news on the wires. In a short press release, it acknowledged having purchased an estimated $85-$100 million worth of Ubisoft shares. "
'I want to prove that India is also a leader'
"Indiagames Ltd is on Cloud 9. The Mumbai-based wireless game developer is in the process of finalising its new strategy and expansion plans after it signed a definitive agreement with TOM Online Inc, China that enables the latter to acquire a majority stake in Indiagames Ltd. The investment will not only will help TOM Online establish its wireless game presence in India and China, but also vastly broaden its horizon for growth globally. "

miércoles, diciembre 29, 2004

Free X-Mas Game by Overloaded
"Overloaded is giving away a Free X-Mas Game 'Stella in X-Mas Skies'."
'FunGamble' released
"FunRunGames.com is proud to announce the release of FunGamble, a secure and highly interoperable gamble application suite for mobile phones. It allows users to play the incredibly popular slot machine game on their mobile phones: any time and anywhere they like. Registered users can securely place bets, and immediately get feedback if they win or loose, supported by nice visual and audible effects."
Mediaplazza Games announces 'Super Sheriff 2', 'Dating Valentine', 'Vortex Racer' and 'Quest For Alliance II'
"Mediaplazza Games announces 'Super Sheriff 2', 'Dating Valentine', 'Vortex Racer' and 'Quest For Alliance II'"
Mobile-games.ru releases 'Anry & Dragon'
"Mobile-games.ru has developed a new Quest under the name 'Anry & Dragon' for mobile phones."

lunes, diciembre 27, 2004

Hyd gets first mobile game studio in India
"BANGALORE: New York based Zeboo Corporation, a venture finance company, has announced plans to establish the first mobile game studio by a US company in India. Zeboo's mobile gaming studio will be launched in the first quarter of 2005 at Hyderabad, India. Zeboo also announced a mobile game developer contest to identify developers and domestic studios for strategic partnerships."

sábado, diciembre 25, 2004

Unsigned Symbian applications to be removed from Sony Ericsson Application Shop
"Sony Ericsson encourages all smartphone users to download and install signed applications only, and from July 1, 2004, all new Symbian applications submitted for commercial distribution to the Sony Ericsson Application Shop will be required to have passed the Symbian Signed certification. "
Gameloft announces 'New York Nights: Success in the City'
"Gameloft, the international developer and publisher of video games for mobile phones, is presently working on the first downloadable simulation game: New York Nights: Success in the City?. When you land up in the heart of Manhattan, the road to success beckons! Holds out tour hand/stretches out its arms to you."
Best Wireless Games of 2004
"December 22, 2004 - Before a year can relax for its last death rattle, writers of all walks feel the urge to sit down and organize 365 days worth of factoids and information into easily consumed lists, bite-sized compilations where worth and importance is dialed down into a numbered rating. Every movie magazine unloads its top ten films, always making sure to include at least one esoteric pick that played on two screens, thus signaling that since they saw it, they are an infinitely better film buff than you. Every music rag details the five albums you better listen to so Amoeba clerks don't think you're a total tool, but then again, nothing kills the hip factor than appearing on a list. And IGN Wireless would be remiss to skip out or such a grand tradition."

jueves, diciembre 23, 2004

Teens Want Camera Phones
"Camera phones are among the top items on teenagers' holiday wish lists, according to a new study from International Communications Research for Cingular Wireless."

miércoles, diciembre 22, 2004

HandyGames auctions exclusive Marc Collins Calender
"HandyGames auctions exclusive Marc Collins Calender on ebay to donate the revenue to a welfare service."
Gameloft plays Santa Claus with 'Christmas Blocker Breaker Deluxe'
"Gameloft plays Santa Claus on your mobile phone with Christmas Blocker Breaker Deluxe, the Yuletide version of its famous brick-breaker game!"
JAMDAT Mobile racks up 'Jamdat Pool'
"Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: JMDT) announced today the launch of 'JAMDAT Pool' for mobile phones. "
Cartoon Network goes Mobile in Malta
"Cartoon Network announces the launch of its mobile services featuring Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, The Powerpuff Girls and a whole host of its other world famous characters in a new deal with go mobile in Malta."
Cell Phone Santas List Top Holiday Wireless Games -- Hottest Games for 2004; LetsTalk and IGN Publish Cell Survival List for Last-Minute Game Shoppers
"SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 22, 2004--Online wireless retailer LetsTalk and the editors of IGN.com, one of the web's largest information and entertainment destinations for video gamers, have issued a Top 10 List of Wireless Games for 2004 as well as an Editor's Choice Awards of the best games to buy for the upcoming Holiday season. "
Games Will Drive Mobile Java Market Says New Report
"LONDON --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 22, 2004 -- A NEW report offered by Businessinfo (http://www.businessinfo.ws/archive/BIAABJLD.htm), 'Mobile Java: Applications, Markets & Technologies' shows that Java downloads will generate over $4.8bn in mobile revenues by 2009, with Mobile Games accounting for the vast majority of revenues. Over sixty leaders across the mobile industry were interviewed to formulate a unique market sizing and growth model for the sector. "
Women play more mobile games - men prefer the news
"A new survey charting the attitudes of Swedish mobile users to 3G revealed a marked interest in mobile services, but also that different groups of users are interested in different types of service. Women, for example, play more games on their mobile phones compared both with men and the average figure for the survey. Young people and commuters are more interested in downloading and listening to music on their mobile phones."
IN-FUSIO Launches Zoo Tycoon(Tm) 2 Mobile
"LOS ANGELES - Dec. 21, 2004 - IN-FUSIO, the international mobile game publisher and mobile gamers' community management provider, today announced the launch of Zoo Tycoon(tm) 2 Mobile. The wireless title, based on the recently released Microsoft? (NASDAQ: MSFT) game Zoo Tycoon(tm) 2, can be played on cell phones or in conjunction with the PC version to unlock new content. Zoo Tycoon 2 Mobile, the second Microsoft licensed game published by IN-FUSIO, is being released for 40 carriers and portals and more than 100 handsets internationally, and is available now to download for BREW(tm) and Java(tm) phones in the U.S."

martes, diciembre 21, 2004

Nokia 7710 SDK for Symbian OS
"Forum Nokia has just released the SDK for the 7710 device.
Nokia 7710 SDK for Symbian OS enables C++ application development for Nokia 7710 device. This SDK is based on Symbian OS v7.0s and Nokia Series 90 UI. The SDK includes all key functionality needed for application development (documentation, API reference, add-on tools, emulator, target compiler) except for an integrated development environment (IDE). This SDK supports CodeWarrior for Symbian OS."

lunes, diciembre 20, 2004

Distinctive Development's "3D Pool" Receives BAFTA Best Mobile Game Nomination
"Christmas has come early for mobile game studio Distinctive Developments, the company's 3D Pool title has received a nomination for the Best Mobile Game in the second annual BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television Arts Games Awards). This is second year in a row that Distinctive has received a BAFTA nomination."
Lunagames' "Air Traffic Control" hits Top 10
"Lunagames? Air Traffic Control hits the Top 10 at Telef?nica (Spain) and scores an impressive 9.0/10 review from the PlayStation?2 Official Reviews Spain (Revista Official Espa?a)."
Kayak Interactive announces 'Bill Dance Bass Fishing'
"Mobile entertainment publisher Kayak Interactive and Bill Dance, America?s best known fisherman, have teamed up to create a new mobile game that allows players to compete hook, line and lure. Bill Dance Bass Fishing players can fish anywhere, whether they are in the airport, the local coffee shop or a row boat. Snow, wind or heavy rain can?t deter them from making the bass catch of the day and comparing it to their competitors? catch."
IECOM releases 'A.I.M.S'
"In the new fast-paced vertical shooter from IECOM, the player must pilot an Apache AH-67 Longbow, one of the world?s most powerful and most progressive combat helicopters, and accomplish 9 different rescue missions in 3 different battle-zones."
InfoSpace Signs Agreement to Acquire Mobile Games Company Elkware GmbH
"InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ: INSP) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Elkware GmbH, a German mobile games company, for approximately $26 million payable in cash. In the three months ended September 30,2004, Elkware generated approximately $1 million in revenue. The transaction is expected to close in early January2005."
The faces of mars release its first title 'Animal Party'
"Test your hability in this game by studding the joking animals that show up through the holes. It is very easy to play, just press keys 1 to 9 to hit the holes. "
SkyZone Brings "Britannica Information" to Mobile Phones
"SkyZone Entertainment has partnered with Encyclopaedia Britannica, one of the world's most trusted sources of information, to put comprehensive knowledge tools at the fingertips of mobile phone users."
JAMDAT Mobile names Corey Maggette and Peja Stojakovic for Jamdat Sports NBA Basketball Games
"Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: JMDT) announced today that Los Angeles Clippers star Corey Maggette and NBA All-Star Peja Stojakovic of the Sacramento Kings have been selected as cover athletes for its NBA-licensed mobile games. Maggette will be featured on the cover of 'JAMDAT SPORTS NBA 2005' and Stojakovic will appear on the cover of 'JAMDAT SPORTS Three-Point Shootout.'"
Cingular Unwraps Results From its Annual Electronic Gadget Gift Survey
"ATLANTA, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Once again, Cingular Wireless checked its list -- not once but twice -- to determine the electronic gadgets young people want for the holidays. This year, wireless camera phones, MP3 players, and video game systems and accessories are on the top of teens' holiday wish
Cell-Phone Games Become Big Business
"Some of us may take a nap, read a newspaper or listen to music on a bus or subway train. Kim Tae-gyun, 28, an employee at a semi-conductor company, spends his time killing monsters, hitting winning homeruns or playing poker. "

viernes, diciembre 17, 2004

InfoSpace snaps up Elkware for $26 million
"Internet and mobile media technology company InfoSpace announced its acquisition of German mobile publisher Elkware today. The sale is expected to go through early next year for a reported $26 million in cash. The Elkware deal marks the third major mobile games acquisition for InfoSpace this year, following on the heels of last month's purchase of UK developer Iomo. "
Gameloft's Might and Magic wins Spike TV award
"NEW YORK, NEW YORK ? December 15, 2004 ? Might and Magic?, a popular action adventure game, produced by Gameloft?, a leading developer and publisher of video games for mobile phones, wins Best Wireless Game 2004 at Spike TV?s 2nd Annual Video Game Awards. "
Com2uS releases Sugababes mobile game in Europe
"Seoul, 13 December, 2004 - Com2uS, a leading global developer and publisher of mobile games, has brought British sensation Sugababes to mobile users across Europe in ?Sugababes: Dance Fever,? through a partnership with Universal Music. The licensed game features the super-hip pop trio, Keisha, Mutya, and Heidi, and includes samplings from the Sugababes? smash hit, ?Freak Like Me.? Sugababes Dance Fever is now available across Europe on Java-enabled phones. "
HandyGames to provide Orange Israel with 3G games
"Partner Communications Company Ltd (Nasdaq:PTNR; TASE:PTNR), operating the Orange network in Israel, has chosen HandyGames? to provide Mobile Internet games especially designed for their new 3G network. The German developer HandyGames? is one of the precursors in this upcoming technology and converted five innovative games to 3G functionality with the helpful cooperation of Mintmark. "
Chinese Internet firm buys into wireless games
"Tom Online, a Chinese wireless Internet company, said Friday that it will buy a majority stake in Indiagames, a mobile-game specialist.
Tom Online will acquire 80.6 percent of Indiagames' equity for $17.7 million, the companies said. The rest of the stake will be held by Indiagames' founder, Vishal Gondal, and key management staff. "

jueves, diciembre 16, 2004

ClearSky Mobile Media to Offer Concrete Software Mobile Games Through ClearTonz.com
"ORLANDO, FL -- 12/16/2004 -- ClearSky Mobile Media, Inc., a leader in delivering entertainment content to mobile phones, announced today the immediate availability of Concrete Software?s Mobile Games Content is available exclusively through Clear Channel radio station websites and from ClearSky?s ClearTonz.com site. "
"London -December 16, 2004 - IN-FUSIO today announces the launch of the mobile version of the Microsoft blockbuster Zoo TycoonTM 2 - one of the most famous simulation games ever made. Zoo Tycoon 2 Mobile is available to download immediately from O2's website, www.o2.co.uk, to a range of handsets."
"Thursday 16th December 2004, Woking, Surrey, UK: THQ Wireless Inc. ('THQ Wireless'), a leading publisher of mobile games, announces the expansion of its i-modeTM services following the signing of an agreement with Telefonica Moviles in Spain. The new service is available immediately at MoviStar e-mocion, the content access service for all Telefonica MoviStar customers which provides pay-per-download based services and content to mobile subscribers across a broad range of services, including games."
InfoSpace continues acquisition spree with Elkware buyout
"US wireless content firm InfoSpace has announced that it has acquired major German mobile games company Elkware, marking its third major acquisition in the rapidly consolidating mobile space so far this year."
Nokia Supports Orange's 3G Launch in France and UK
"Europe : Nokia welcomes the launch of Orange's commercial WCDMA 3G service in France and the UK. Nokia is one of Orange's main suppliers of radio access network equipment and 3G terminals in both countries, and has closely supported Orange throughout the long process leading up to this important service launch. "
Vodafone Partners SmarTone
"ASIA : Vodafone today announces the signing of a new Partner Network Agreement, making SmarTone Vodafone's exclusive partner in Hong Kong."
Argentina Consumer Watchdog Agency Blocks CTI Movil Ads
"BUENOS AIRES -(Dow Jones)- Argentina's consumer advocate agency has issued a ruling prohibiting cellular phone provider CTI Movil from continuing with two promotions the government watchdog has deemed false advertising. "

miércoles, diciembre 15, 2004

Rolf Stenholm Software releases 'ASQUARE'
"Rolf Stenholm Software launches a new game named 'ASQUARE' for mobile phones. The game is targeted at J2ME consumer devices and is a Puzzle Game aimed at the casual user. The entire game can be played by using only the buttons up, down, left and right."
Sprint to Buy Nextel for $35 Billion in Stock, Cash (Update7)
"Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sprint Corp. agreed to buy Nextel Communications Inc. for about $35 billion in a transaction that would leave three companies in control of 70 percent of the U.S. mobile-telephone market. "
Greg Costikyan on the Future of Mobile Gaming
"Greg Costikyan knows games. An accomplished fantasy novelist, old school board game designer, and online and mobile game designer, he's also worked as a gaming consultant and was Unplugged Games's Chief Design Officer. Recently, Costikyan started working for Nokia Research. I interviewed him by phone, where he spoke from his home office in New York City about the latest ideas in mobile games, and why their success as a business is holding back their full potential for the mobile platform."
Nokia Launches Tool for Quick and Easy N-Gage Arena Tournaments
"ESPOO, Finland, December 15 -- Nokia today announced that it has launched a tool to make creating N-Gage Arena Tournaments quick and easy with a minimal investment. The Global Arena Tournament Tool enables operators and retailers the possibility to create their own branded N-Gage Arena tournaments with a wide range of Arena enabled N-Gage games. The first competition using the Global Arena Tournament Tool will start today with Finnish mobile network operator DNA and using Codemaster's acclaimed Colin McRae Rally 2005. "
QUALCOMM Opens BREW(R) Developer Lab in India

"MUMBAI, India, Dec. 15 -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the opening of a BREW Developer Lab in Mumbai, India. The new lab, one of nine BREW developer labs worldwide, will provide Indian application developers access to the latest BREW-enabled handsets, software and testing tools. In addition, the lab provides developers access to hands-on technical support from QUALCOMM. Developers will also be able to attend a three-day BREW workshop following the opening of the lab."

martes, diciembre 14, 2004

Ready to rumble
"From shooting, racing, indoor and outdoor sports to games based on popular films and comic characters, mobile phone manufacturers are planning a windfall, writes Rahul Ghosh"
IT Experts launches a multiplayer mobile games service for E-Plus
"IT Experts, polish provider of mobile games and mobile services announced that its MultiGames i-mode service has been recently launched for E-Plus subscribers in Germany. As a result of this deal over 1 million of E-Plus i-mode fans are now able to download, play & chat in the many popular connected java games."
Sorrent Publishes Atari's Deer Hunter for Mobile
"SAN MATEO, Calif. Dec. 14, 2004 Sorrent, Inc., a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, today announced the launch of the award-winning Deer Hunter(TM) for mobile, a wireless game based on Atari's Deer Hunter(TM) franchise. Critically acclaimed with high marks from both GameSpot and IGN.com, and winner of IGN.com's Editor's Choice award, Deer Hunter for mobile is the ideal blend of easy-to-understand game play and difficult-to-master hunting techniques."

lunes, diciembre 13, 2004

Sprint, Nextel seen close to merger
"WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) -- Sprint and Nextel Communications are reportedly close to a $36 billion megamerger that would unite the No.3 and No. 5 U.S. wireless carriers, placing the combined company in a better competitive position against larger rivals Verizon and Cingular Wireless."
Digital Bridges to bring "Jewel Quest" to Mobile
"Digital Bridges, a world leader in the creation and distribution of mobile entertainment solutions, today announced a global agreement with iWin, the San Francisco-based online games publisher, to bring the phenomenally successful online adventure puzzle game Jewel Quest to mobile phones for the first time."
Mobile games go social, fancy
"SAN JOSE -- Who says 'Solitaire' must be a lonely endeavor? Games tailored for cell phones are increasingly adding community-oriented elements, such as tournaments for top scores, head-to-head combat or chat. "
Mforma Announces Mobile Marvel Deal
"Officials from mobile publisher Mforma have announced the singing of a licensing agreement with Marvel Enterprises, that will allow the company to use all Marvel comic book characters (except The Punisher, which, interestingly, is licensed exclusively to THQ) in a variety of mobile games and utilities."

domingo, diciembre 12, 2004

Jamdat Boost Deal Announced
"Global wireless entertainment publisher Jamdat Mobile announced today a distribution and content agreement with Boost Mobile, the youth lifestyle brand offered by Nextel Communications to provide Jamdat?s slate of wireless games for Boost Mobile customers. "

viernes, diciembre 10, 2004

u-e-games.com releases Creepis and Creepis Christmas Edition
"u-e-games.com releases Creepis and Creepis Christmas Edition, inspired by puzzle games and classical Arcades. Both games only differ in their theme."
Games fuel mobile Java eruption
"Java downloads will generate over $4.8bn in mobile revenues by 2009, with mobile games accounting for the vast majority, research has predicted."
Sprint, Nextel Seek to Step Up U.S. Mobile-Phone Competition
"Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sprint Corp. and Nextel Communications Inc., in talks to merge, would create a mobile- phone company with 33 million customers to compete with market leaders Cingular Wireless LLC and Verizon Wireless. "
JAMDAT Mobile Announces Distribution and Content Agreement with Boost Mobile
"LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 10, 2004--Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:JMDT) announced today a distribution and content agreement with Boost Mobile, the youth lifestyle brand offered by Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL), to provide JAMDAT's slate of wireless games for Boost Mobile customers. "

jueves, diciembre 09, 2004

THQ WIreless rolls out Midway classics
"Thursday 9th December 2004, Woking, Surrey, UK: THQ Wireless Inc., a leading publisher of mobile games, announces one of the most extensive portfolios of arcade hits for mobile phones with the launch of the Midway titles. The games will become available during this month, and in January and February 2005, and will be available from most major networks and for most Java-enabled phones."
Wonderphone announces exclusive global deal with Vodafone
"Wonderphone, a leading publisher of mobile entertainment in Europe, announces an exclusive and global deal with Vodafone for the mobile phone version of Crash? Twinsanity?, the blockbuster video game published by Vivendi Universal Games. The mobile game, which extends the strategic alliance between Wonderphone and Vivendi Universal Games, is available on more than 50 Vodafone handsets including a unique 3D version that takes advantage of the technology in Vodafone?s European 3G handset portfolio that launched in November 2004."
Qplaze releases 'REAL F1: All Stars
"REAL F1 is another successful project of the Real series from Qplaze?; the game is just as realistic as possible - to the full capacity of a mobile phone. There are all 18 tracks and races of the Formula 1 class available in the game. And each track has the turns identical to the Formula 1 races. You can make sure and check them at the site www.formula1.com. In addition, even the landscape around the tracks is real and includes the four types the existing landscape. You will compete with real pilots, and the logics of the game will provide a high intellectual level for them."
Mobile 3D Computing
"The mobile 3D market will likely hit critical mass in the next year or two. Due to the exponential adoption rate in computer games, and an increasing presence on the Web, 3D is now pervasive on traditional computing devices. In much the same way that 3D is taken for granted by users of desktops, laptops and dedicated game consoles, the mobile computing industry is poised to experience a similar revolution. This article, the first in a 2 part series, discusses the emerging mobile 3D market while Part 2 focuses on the software technologies that make it possible (namely, OpenGL ES, X3D, and mobile Java 3D APIs). "
Partnership to Bring Multiplayer Games to 3G Worldwide
"ASIA : The Mobile Media Company AS announced a partnership with Australian-based Viva la Mobile to provide 3G multiplayer games to mobile carriers worldwide. "
Mobile Gamers Can Now Play Ms. PAC-MAN Tournaments for Prizes on Their Phones
"SAN JOSE, Calif. & BELLEVUE, Wash.-- Dec. 8, 2004 -- New version of the beloved classic game gives players the chance to compete against others in multiplayer, skills-based tournaments for prizes(TM)"

miércoles, diciembre 08, 2004

Mobile Gamers Can Now Play Ms. PAC-MAN Tournaments for Prizes on Their Phones
"SAN JOSE, Calif. & BELLEVUE, Wash.-- Dec. 8, 2004 -- New version of the beloved classic game gives players the chance to compete against others in multiplayer, skills-based tournaments for prizes(TM)"

martes, diciembre 07, 2004

Star Wars for cellphones
"THQ Wireless has entered a multi-year agreement with Lucasfilm, which grants THQ Wireless the worldwide rights to develop and distribute a comprehensive offering of Star Wars branded content for mobile phones. With THQ Wireless' unique combination of game, personalization, information services and messaging expertise, the suite of products is expected to span almost every genre of wireless entertainment and include a wide range of content from the entire Star Wars saga, including the massively popular Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith -- the much-anticipated final installment of Star Wars."

lunes, diciembre 06, 2004

Bogee Interactive releases 'Stop the Train'
"Bogee Interactive releases Stop the Train targeting seasoned gamers who like ?fast paced arcades, rather than slow puzzles?."
Kuju Crash into 3G
"Godalming, Surrey, UK. Kuju Entertainment Ltd., the dynamic, wholly owned subsidiary of Kuju Entertainment PLC (AIM: KUJ) today announced that its recently developed Crash? TwinsanityTM has reached the No.1 spot*. The game is co-published by Wonderphone and Vivendi Universal Games and has released exclusively on a selection of Third Generation (3G) handsets that accompany the commercial launch of Vodafone's live! with 3G service."
GlobalFun AB to Distribute 'The Blade of Zorro' Wireless Game Series
"KARLSKRONA, Sweden, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- GlobalFun AB, a global developer and publisher of wireless entertainment, has signed an agreement with SilverBirch Studios Inc., to publish and distribute SilverBirch's The Blade of Zorro(TM) branded game, based on the legendary Spanish Californian hero ... el Zorro, 'the Fox.' GlobalFun will be publishing the title exclusively in specific markets worldwide, with a special emphasis on the North American, South American and European markets."
Mobile Media North America Makes a Move
"VIENNA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 6, 2004--Mobile Media North America (formerly Telenor Interactive, www.telenor-interactive.com), a leading provider of mobile applications and messaging services in North America, has moved its US head office from Rockville, Maryland to Vienna, Virginia. "
Synergenix Releases two new Mobile Games
"Synergenix Interactive today announced two new games to expand their portfolio, 'Generals: Alien Colony', and 'Metal Racers: Quad Bikes'. The two games are developed by Impressionware in Italy and will be available on a wide range of mobile phones."
Superscape Mobile Games Come to Taiwan Courtesy of iaSolution Distribution Agreement
"HOOK, England, December 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Superscape Group plc (LSE:SPS), leaders in revolutionary entertainment for mobile phones, announces the signing of a revenue-sharing agreement with Taiwan-based iaSolution which will bring a selection of the company's games to consumers via the region's leading mobile networks. These include Chungha, Taiwan Cellular Corporation and Far East Tone."

domingo, diciembre 05, 2004

Top 10 Java downloads - November 2004
"Friday 3 December 2004/... ELSPA has announced the October Mobile Games Java Download Chart?, compiled from information supplied by: 3, O2, Orange,T-Mobile, and Vodafone."
BlackBerry gets Java boost: Builder AU: Program: At Work
"Research In Motion on Tuesday unveiled a new set of Java development tools for its BlackBerry handheld. The tools support Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) and feature enhancements designed to give developers greater flexibility and support, the company said. The new features include an enhanced Application Programming Interface set, documentation, code samples and applications, new Java Specification Request implementations, synchronisation tools, an XML generator and a new simulator. "

viernes, diciembre 03, 2004

Townsmen 2 on the fast lane
"Even though the strategy loaded build-up simulation Townsmen 2 HandyGames was released just a couple weeks ago, the strategy game celebrates an amazing success already. Jamba!, the biggest European mobile entertainment portal awarded Townsmen 2 the ?Goldenen Zockerdaumen? (the golden player thumb) for the most successful mobile game in 2004. "
Comment: Sorrent and InfoSpace kick off mobile gaming consolidation
"This week's large-scale mergers in the mobile gaming space are another sign that the burgeoning industry is reaching maturity, and will make the sector seem much more attractive to external companies, argues Rob Fahey."
elkware on target with UK mobile chart hit
"Friday 3 December 2004, London/... elkware, Germany's leading mobile games developer, is celebrating UK chart success. According to ELSPA's official mobile games java downloads chart for October - issued today - elkware's Swat Sniper has shot in at number four. "
Pac-Man Bowling
"December 02, 2004 - Bowling has been good to JAMDAT. The many iterations of Pac-Man has sold well on handsets. You didn't exactly need a degree in nuclear physics to see this marriage coming. Namco has fused the two blockbuster wireless games into Pac-Man Bowling, a themed game that features both a relatively straight-forward version of bowling for purists, and a slightly Pac'd-up mode for those that like their bowling a little fruity."
Playboy Announces Deal to Distribute Wireless Entertainment Within North America
"NEW YORK, NY and SEATTLE, WA (December 2, 2004) - Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: PLA, PLAA) today announced a deal to expand content distribution via wireless within the United States. With the addition of the U.S., Playboy is now offering wireless entertainment services through licensees in 17 territories around the globe including Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia and Brazil. "

jueves, diciembre 02, 2004

Glofun(TM) RayGun(TM): World's First "High-Intensity" Location Game for Cell Phones
"GloVentures, LLC, announces the upcoming release of Glofun RayGun, a GPS game for cell phones. RayGun is a fast-paced ghost-hunting game that combines the mental intensity of a video game with the physical intensity of a sport."
Prince of Persia Warrior Within
"Gameloft's Prince of Persia: Sands of Time is easily one of the best cellphone adventures -- actually, best cellphone games -- IGN Wireless has ever had the privilege to play. Sands of Time beautiful graphics, excellent design sensibilities, and exquisite play value made it one of the first wireless games to ever challenge a console game for at-home playtime -- and win. And now with another Prince of Persia game about to grace consoles from Ubi Soft, Gameloft is back with the continuing adventures of the young Prince."
Digital Bridges To Open Major North American Operational Hub
"Mobile Games Leader Consolidates Its Position In World’s Fastest-Growing Mobile Games Market.
SAN FRANCISCO, December 1 2004 - Digital Bridges, a world leader in the creation and distribution of mobile entertainment solutions, today announced the opening of a cross-functional operational hub in San Mateo, California, to complement its existing production and technology facilities in Scotland. Its San Mateo offices will become the company?s North American headquarters, incorporating Development, Production and QA departments and a Sales and Marketing team."
InfoSpace Announces Acquisition of European Mobile Games Publisher IOMO
"BELLEVUE, Wash. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 1, 2004 -- InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ:INSP) today announced its acquisition of U.K.-based IOMO Limited, an award-winning developer and publisher of mobile games. The consideration is approximately $15 million, payable in cash. "
Sorrent Joins Forces with European Mobile Publisher Macrospace
"London, United Kingdom and San Mateo, Calif., United States, December 01, 2004 -- Sorrent, Inc., a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, today announced an agreement to acquire Macrospace, an award-winning mobile games publisher based in London. Like Sorrent, Macrospace has built a reputation on creating innovative, high quality mobile entertainment titles, including Fatal Force: Earth Assault, winner of the 2004 Mobile Consumer Choice award for best game. The integration of these companies will enhance Sorrent's global position as one of the leading players in the mobile entertainment marketplace. "
Mobile games taking off in India
"Mobile gaming is emerging as one of the fastest-growing and most popular applications in India's digital consumer economy, reports In-Stat/MDR. Gaming is quickly expanding beyond traditional devices, such as PCs and handhelds, and an increasing number of Indian consumers are taking advantage of wireless mobility to enjoy entertainment on the go. As a result, the high-tech market research firm expects that the Indian mobile gaming market will generate US$26 million in revenue in 2004, and will increase to US$336 million in annual revenue by 2009."