viernes, julio 29, 2005

Gameloft's first half revenues sky
"Gameloft's mobile gaming activity generated 96% of H1 2005 revenues, and increased by 139% compared with the same period in 2004. Internet sales were up 56% and accounted for 4% of total revenues in the first six months of 2005. "
Imagination launches programmable shader graphics for wireless
"London, UK, 29th July 2005: Imagination Technologies - a leader in silicon IP cores - debuts its PowerVR SGX Shader Graphics Accelerator family, the future of wireless mobile embedded graphics and video technology. "
SNAP: Nokia's Solution to a Looming Mobile Crisis
"Nokia believes that the mobile games industry currently has way too many multiplayer and development technologies. If a standard isn't adopted, the industry will be facing a crisis, says Nokia's Lisa Waits. Nokia is confident that its SNAP technology is the answer. In fact, they believe it will do for mobile gaming what Windows did for the PC. Read on..."
Digital Media Asia: News - Mobile games to be worth (Euro)9.3bn by 2010
"Total global revenues from mobile games are forecast to increase from (Euro)2.15bn this year to (Euro)9.27bn by 2010, according to a new report from market research group Informa Telecoms and Media. "
WoW fills VUG's coffers
"Today in Paris, French media giant Vivendi Universal reported revenue figures for the second quarter and first half of 2005. Overall, the media conglomerate, which has a significant stake in games, music, TV, movies, Internet, and mobile telephony industries reported an 8 percent rise in second quarter sales. The company said second-quarter sales tallied 4.62 billion euros ($5.6 billion). The quarter closed July 30, 2005. "
InfraWorlds to Acquire 995 SOFT and Enter the US Market
"InfraWorlds announces today the acquisition of 995 SOFT, a developer and online distributor of lifestyle software applications for the mobile and PDA market. "

jueves, julio 28, 2005

Smartphones Technologies Brings College Sports to Cell Phones; Announces Mobile Content Agreement with Collegiate Images
"JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 27, 2005--Smartphones Technologies, Inc. and Collegiate Images announced groundbreaking mobile content licensing agreements with more than 30 leading colleges and universities in the U.S. The agreements, which give Smartphones exclusive rights to many of the country's top schools in licensing revenue, cover all sports at each school. This is the first time officially licensed college sports content is being offered for download to mobile customers. "
Yahoo!, Microsoft to Keynote 2005 Game Developers Conference Europe
"LONDON, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Chris Satchell, general manager of the game developer group, Microsoft Xbox, and John Cahill, director, mobile games, Yahoo!, will deliver keynote addresses at the 2005 Game Developers Conference Europe (GDC Europe). The event is scheduled from Tuesday - Thursday, Aug. 30 - Sept. 1, 2005 at London's Cafe Royal at Le Meridien Hotel."
3G Americas Publishes White Paper
"US : Convergence--encompassing the convergence between media, datacom and telecommunication industries--is the topic of the latest report from 3G Americas, a wireless industry group supporting GSM and its evolution to 3G and beyond. The 3G Americas white paper, Convergence: An Outlook on Device, Service, Network and Technology Trends, analyzes the broad definition of convergence beyond the physical integration of wireline and wireless technologies and explains what convergence aims to achieve for end-users, its drivers and enablers, and its implications on relevant industries and companies."

miércoles, julio 27, 2005

Mobile entertainment big-time at CTIA Wireless 2005
"WASHINGTON, DC - CTIA-The Wireless Association(tm) announces the line-up of mobile entertainment events for the upcoming CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2005, September 27-29, 2005 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Be there, as hundreds of exhibitors display the next evolution in wireless technology- bringing communication, organization, access and fun to the mobile consumer."
Jewel Quest launches worldwide
"San Mateo, CA & London, UK - 27th July 2005: Mobile users around the world now have their chance to get the hugely popular online puzzle game Jewel Quest onto their mobile phones, thanks to the latest launch by I-play, the mobile games company. The mobile version of iWin's highly addictive puzzle game has met serious critical acclaim amongst enthusiast mobile gaming publications."
MobilityZone Ltd introduces 'Street Challenge'
"MobilityZone Ltd, a mobile phone content provider & developer, announced the release of the newest game for mobile handsets. "
Falanx supports OpenGL ES 1.1
"CAMPBELL, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Falanx Microsystems, Inc. the premier developer of mobile graphics/video IP cores for System-on-Chip (SoC) semiconductor manufacturers, today announced that they are the first vendor to submit and pass conformance tests to the Khronos Group for OpenGL(R) ES 1.1 certification. The successful test results are for the Falanx Mali(TM)55 and Mali110 IP cores, which deliver unmatched 2D/3D graphics performance with a low gate count and low power consumption. Falanx has been a leader in promoting industry standards such as OpenGL ES, which makes Mali IP cores a reliable, cost-effective approach to SoC manufacturers who want to speed time to market through glitch-free integration of components."
July Systems Launches UK’s First Mobile Games Subscription Service ‘PlayOn!’ on Mob.TV
"London, July 27 2005 - July Systems, an innovative technology solutions provider of smart mobile content retailing services, has launched the UK's first-ever mobile games subscription service 'PlayOn!' on the popular mobile portal Mob.TV. The PlayOn! service allows Vodafone, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile users to subscribe for a low monthly price to get month-long, unlimited-play access to an entire catalog of mobile games. Users can also try all games in the catalog for free before deciding to subscribe to the service."
Sennari CEO Bill Barhydt to Present Case-Study on Mobile Skill-With-Prize Gaming Service
"LOS ANGELES, CA - Sennari, the company 'Powering Mobile Loyalty'(TM), today announced that the company's CEO, Bill Barhydt, will deliver a case-study on a groundbreaking new game service that uses Sennari's Blingadero(TM) Rewards Service to award prizes based on game results. The service, known as PrizePlay(TM), is the world's first skill-with-prize gaming service for mobile game players allowing gamers to win valuable prizes every time they play. The introduction of PrizePlay(TM) will take place during the fifth annual Mobile Entertainment Summit at the Universal City Hilton on July 27th. The case study is scheduled in Ballroom B between 3:15 and 3:45pm PST, where the enigmatic CEO will present his company's latest initiative to LA's largest gathering of wireless and mobile executives."
Tira Wireless opens new Los Angeles office
"Toronto-based mobile content technology provider Tira Wireless has opened a new office in Los Angeles with a view to attracting more clients from the entertainment industry. "

martes, julio 26, 2005

MFORMA'S World Poker Tour(TM) Texas Hold 'Em Mobile Game Now Launching in Europe
"LONDON - 07/25/2005: MFORMA Group, Inc., the leading global publisher and distributor of mobile entertainment, has brought the excitement of WORLD POKER TOURTM (WPT) into the wireless arena by creating a mobile version of the high-stakes, high-energy brand of exciting poker revolutionized by the WORLD POKER TOUR television series, which in just under three years has become one of the most lucrative ventures in sports and is the highest-rated TV series in the history of the Travel Channel."
Mobile games more valuable than porn
"The market for mobile content is set to be worth $42.8bn by the end of the decade, with kids' content earning the operators billions more than adults'."
Vodafone Group Joins Java Verified Program
"LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Vodafone said Monday that it has joined the Java VerifiedTM Program, a program to provide a unified process for the testing and certification of JavaTM technology-based applications for mobile handsets. "

lunes, julio 25, 2005

Gameloft springs a new lovergirl game on mobile matchmakers
"Sprung was an ultra-cheesy dating game that used the touch-screen to navigate through a series of conversations between torrid twentysomethings at a ski resort. It was full of innuendo -- and design problems. I can recall getting caught in a dialogue loop that forced me to completely restart. And then I recall turning the game off and never starting it up again. Ever."
Exit Games Announces Neutron Middleware For BREW
"Mobile game technology provider Exit Games has announced its plans to offer the Exit Games Neutron multiplayer extension for Qualcomm's BREW solution."
Player X introduces 'Space Boy' Your Interactive Mobile Mate Exclusively on Vodafone
"London, UK, July 25th. Player X and Vodafone have created an entirely new form of entertainment for mobile phones with the forthcoming release of Space Boy. Space Boy is your own personal 'cell mate', who lives and breathes in your mobile, feeding off texts and phone calls. "
LMA Manager tops UK mobile game charts
"Jamdat's mobile version of Codemasters' LMA Manager 2005 was the most downloaded Java game for mobile handsets during the month of May, according to the latest figures published by ELSPA."
I-play secures mobile rights for TV show 24
"UK-based mobile entertainment firm I-play has today announced a partnership with Fox Mobile Entertainment, a new sub-division of Twentieth Century Fox, to develop, publish and distribute mobile content based on acclaimed television series 24."

sábado, julio 23, 2005

Guppy Games to Distribute Select ZIO Interactive Mobile Games
"BELLEVUE, Wash., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Guppy Games Corporation ( ), a global mobile games developer and publisher, and ZIO Interactive, a leader in 2D/3D mobile gaming, have signed an agreement designating Guppy Games as the exclusive distributor for North and South America of selected ZIO Interactive mobile game titles including Metalion 3D, Jump Girls, Train Master, and Dancing Queen. Metalion 3D is the 3D version of the next installment in the popular high octane shooter. These titles will be available for both BREW and J2ME platforms. In addition, Guppy Games will distribute other select future titles by ZIO Interactive."

viernes, julio 22, 2005

Cingular posts Q2 numbers: ARPU up, thanks to data
"Cingular Wireless has added 1.1 million new customers to bring its total to 51.6 million, and at the same time increased its average revenue per user (ARPU) by 1.7% compared to the first quarter of this year, to $50.43. "Cingular said its ARPU increase from the first quarter was largely due to a jump in its data sales. Cingular's data ARPU climbed more than 12 percent to $4.16 compared with $3.70 in the first quarter. The carrier said its text messaging, mobile instant messaging, mobile e-mail, downloadable ringtones, games, photo messaging and media bundles contributed to the spike.""
"Friday 22 July 2005/... ELSPA has announced the May 2005 Mobile Games Java Download Chart, compiled from information supplied by: 3, O2, Orange,T-Mobile, and Vodafone."

jueves, julio 21, 2005

"Con la presencia del Ministro de Industria, Energía y Minería, Jorge Lepra, este miércoles en el Auditorio del Complejo Torre de las Telecomunicaciones, ANTEL y la empresa HUAWEI realizaron una prueba piloto de tecnología 3G, en lo que constituye la primera experiencia en América Latina. "
Dwango Wireless to Discuss Future of Mobile Content at Mobile Entertainment Summit

"Seattle - SEATTLE -- Dwango(R) Wireless, (OTCBB:DWGN), a leading developer and publisher of mobile entertainment content for top lifestyle brands, today announced that Alexander U. Conrad, president and COO, and Rouben Haroutoonian, executive vice president, will be featured presenters at the iHollywood Mobile Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles next week."
Nokia posts strong Q2 numbers
"JUL. 21 7:22 A.M. ET Nokia Corp., the world's top mobile phone maker, said Thursday its second-quarter earnings increased 15 percent and its share of the global mobile devices market grew to 33 percent."
Doom has been ported to Series 60 and Series 80 handsets
"Whilst this isn't the first time that a Doom port has graced Symbian based handsets the list of features in C2Doom, written by Markus Mertama, is impressive with support for several versions of Doom and Doom 2, full audio, user definable controls, and up to 4 players over bluetooth. It all runs incredibly well, too, both Doom and Doom 2 are playable with silky smooth graphics on the Nokia 6630 Midlet-Review tested them on, athough we wern't able to test the bluetooth multiplayer functions at the time of going to press. "
Super Yum Yum 1 Level Demo
"As 'Super Yum Yum' launches in the US, China and Korea the game's creators AirPlay are celebrating by giving away a full 1 World Demo of fruit licking action to anyone who visits the Super Yum Yum website at"
Inpoc strengthening its Positions in Scandinavian Market with Touchlink Mobile
"Inpoc , the biggest Scandinavian mobile entertainment portal, announces the release of the new game for cell phones - Poc Boy Racing. The application has been developed by Touchlink Mobile, the Danish mobile content developer and publisher, exclusively for Inpoc, which launches the game on its portals in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia."

miércoles, julio 20, 2005

Filmi fun and games at your fingertips
"Take a walk in the world of Deshu in D. Shoot cops and earn points. If you survive the encounter, a grudging scroll greets you: 'Kismat achhi thi jo bach gaya'."

martes, julio 19, 2005

New multiplayer game from AVACS - Net Filler
"AVACS ( is glad to introduce new multiplayer game - Net Filler"
Revenues from mobile location-based services in Europe to reach Euros 274 million in 2005
"Revenues from mobile location-based services (LBS) in the European market will grow by 153 percent during 2005 to reach Euros 274 million, according to a new report from the research firm Berg Insight. For the coming five years, the average annual growth rate is expected to be 83 percent. Johan Fagerberg, senior analyst at Berg Insight, explains why the market now is finally taking off. 'This year we have begun to see the expected shift in revenues from voice to non-voice services in the mobile industry. Increasingly user friendly handsets paired with a more mature approach to content services create the right conditions for launching new offerings on the market'."
Age of Heroes - fantasy world on the mobile phone
"At the beginning of the third quarter of 2005, the Qplaze TM team ( has completed the first part of the Age of Heroes project, the Army of Darkness game. Soon the game will be available through the RME company as official publisher ( Age of Heroes is a fantasy game world populated with brave dwarfs and strong orcs, wise elves and courageous people, located at your palm as a strategic role-playing game for mobile phones."
Glu Adds Sparkle to Cell Phones With everGirl(TM) everGems; Leading Publisher Brings Nickelodeon's Popular everGirl to Mobile
"SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 19, 2005--Glu Mobile (formerly Sorrent, Inc. and Macrospace Ltd.), a leading creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, and Nickelodeon, the No. 1 entertainment brand for kids, today announced the launch of everGems, a mobile game based on the popular tween brand everGirl(TM). The everGems launch gives tweens enthralled with everything everGirl an engaging elimination puzzle game featuring the everCool icons and the everGirl characters that tweens adore. "

lunes, julio 18, 2005

Rockpool Games Expands Yet Again!
"Manchester. July 2005 - Leading European wireless games developer Rockpool Games are expanding once again, announcing 2 new employees based at their Central Manchester Studio. These new recruits will bring the Manchester game development team's headcount to 20. This month has seen games industry professionals, Lorraine Starr and Dave Price jumping on board and subsequently adding over 25 years experience in the industry between them."
UPDATE 1-Verizon, Sprint to sell Electronic Arts games
"NEW YORK, July 18 (Reuters) - Verizon Wireless and Sprint (FON.N: Quote, Profile, Research), two of the biggest U.S. mobile providers, plan to offer their customers video games from Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS.O: Quote, Profile, Research), the companies said on Monday."
Vivendi Universal Games' Wireless Division Extends New Mobile Game Offerings In Europe And Other International Markets
"PARIS (July 18, 2005) - Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games) today announced that its newly formed wireless division will launch five new mobile games based on its popular global franchises. The first two games, Sierra Entertainment's SWAT(R) Force and Larry'sTM Sexy Pinball, will be available to consumers starting in July 2005. The other three titles will also launch in 2005; additional details will be announced at a later date. WonderPhone will distribute all five games in Europe, South and Central America, Africa, New Zealand, Singapore, Kuwait, Bahrain and Fiji. VU Games will also launch the five titles in North America shortly following."
Sony Ericsson Sees 2Q Mobile Phone Market At 180 Million Units
"STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Sony Ericsson estimates 180 million mobile phones were sold around the world in the second quarter of the year, Chief Executive Miles Flint told Dow Jones Newswires Friday. "

domingo, julio 17, 2005

Mobstar Games releases 3 new Games.
"3 new releases by Mobstar Games"
Lucky Luke soon on your mobile phones
"The Mighty Troglodytes, a studio that produces original and high quality Java games for mobile phones, signed a contract with Lucky Comics, a subsidiary company that is half owned by the first European comics' publisher named Dargaud, to develop a mobile game based on the character and the universe of Lucky Luke."
Akatora Content Services releases 'Agent Coden: Station X'
"Akatora Content Services released its latest game, Agent Coden: Station X, for mobile phones including the Nokia N-Gage."
Breakpoint finished online mobile competition with 'Speedway'
"Breakpoint has just finished an online mobile competition with its newest game 'Speedway'. This was first such event organized not just in Poland but in Central-Eastern Europe. The competition was advertised on radio, television and in printed media. Wide advertising campaign brought a lot of players to 'Motobi Wilga Tour' eliminations which made the event an amazing success."
Interview with Vincent Cotte, Producer of War of the Worlds Mobile by Gameloft
"Interview of Vincent Cotte, Producer of War of the Worlds Mobile by Gameloft "
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing releases 'MIDlet Satellite'
"MIDlet Satellite is created to allow user of a mobile device viewing current weather situation over Europe through satellite image adapted for device's display. User can choose between viewing satellite image animation for the last 4 hours or just seeing the last satellite image. Satellite images are copyrighted by EUMETSAT. "
Olsen Bande goes mobile!
"The famous Olsen Bande movies (14 movies) are among the most seen films in countries like Denmark, Norway and Germany over the past 30 years. Sandager Small Games games have now released the first Olsen Banden mobile game along with ringtone, wallpaper and mobile video clips."
First sale for mobile company
"Wellington software firm Innaworks has scored its first sale of its mobile games technology, mBooster. "
Electronic Arts and Jamdat, part 2
"Now that last post about the silliness of Electronic Arts buying Jamdat told one side of the story. There's another. Jamdat recently paid $137 million for the rights to Tetris, perhaps the greatest game of all time, when it struck a deal with Blue Lava Games. I spoke with Henk Rogers, the founder of Blue Lava, in a call this afternoon. Henk, 51, is the old timer of the games industry who found Tetris at the Consumer Electronics Show in 1988 and snapped up the rights to it. He cut deals to bring the game to Nintendo and other platforms, and the rest is history."
IGN: Need for Speed Underground 2
"July 15, 2005 - On Tuesday, Electronic Arts' mobile division unleashed Need for Speed Underground 2 on some of the most powerful handsets in American pockets. The game plays cousin to the console editions of the title, released last holiday season, as far as visuals are concerned. These are indeed some of the best graphics you will see on mobile, though -- the car models are tight and the cityscapes the proverbial 'something else.'"

viernes, julio 15, 2005

Invierten un millón de dólares para fabricar teléfonos. La firma Huawei instalará una planta.
"EL CALAFATE (Santa Cruz).- No serán los 20.000 millones de dólares anunciados en su momento, pero algo es algo. En lo que parece una de las primeras inversiones en firme de la República China en la Argentina, la empresa de telecomunicaciones Huawei firmó un acuerdo con las cooperativas telefónicas para instalar una fábrica en City Bell, provincia de Buenos Aires."
Superscape Announces Strategic Review, Possible Sale
"Mobile game developer Superscape has announced it is instituting a strategic review of the company, and may even be mulling accepting a buy-out, following recent disappointing news on revenues."
"Day in the Life: Bruno Valenti, Mobile Game Designer"
"Bruno Valenti got his start in the game industry via a freelance job as a level designer from one of his college instructors who was also a team lead at NGD Studios. Eventually he worked half- and then full-time at the mobile division of the company. Today, he is a game designer at NGD Studios and has been involved in the PC game Mis Ladrillos Interactivo 2, based on a popular toy brand in Argentina, 2 custom mobile games published regionally by Axe Argentina and 7 others published internationally by GlobalFun."
Pratchett's Discworld - mobile phone game coming
"Blue Sphere Games Ltd, a leading developer of mobile games and content, have joined forces with Terry Pratchett, the world famous author of fantasy fiction, and have announced a world-wide Licence Agreement for the creation of Discworld branded mobile phone games."
Business Rumor Mill: Electronic Arts To Make Offer For Jamdat, UbiSoft, or THQ?
"It's a slow summer and the game industry has a long ways to go until game sales start picking up again. So naturally it's the time for takeover rumors. The rumor mill says Electronic Arts is serious about making up for a shortfall in its short-term outlook with an acquisition. The top candidates include Jamdat, a mobile games company in Los Angeles; UbiSoft, the French video game company that makes Tom Clancy Games (and which EA owns 19 percent of already); and even THQ, the Calabasas, Calif., maker of console, PC and wireless games from Scooby-Doo to 'Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War.'"
World Bank finances cellular improvements in Paraguay
"The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is to provide US$15 million to Telefonica Celular del Paraguay (Telecel), a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular, to help upgrade and expand the company's cellular telecommunications network in Paraguay. IFC's financing will encourage further development of the country's communications sector while supporting private participation in infrastructure projects."
iFone release Cluedo SFX mobile game
"Manchester, 14th July 2005 – iFone, the leading wireless entertainment publisher, today launches Cluedo SFX, the mobile version of the special effects sequel of the classic Cluedo franchise. Cluedo SFX is part of iFone's Hasbro licence, which includes other classics such as Battleship, Monopoly and Micro Machines - all of which have been successfully launched by iFone for the mobile market."
Tecmo Using Catalogue IP to Capitalize on Mobile Market
"Is it better to be a mobile games publisher or a console publisher that creates a mobile division? Tecmo clearly would argue the latter. Tecmo Marketing Manager Andrea Frechette talks about the advantages of being a console publisher in a mobile marketplace, and why console publishers tend to segregate their new mobile divisions from the rest of the company. "
Digital Chocolate Launches Mobile League Gaming in Europe
"Digital Chocolate, a developer of software for mobile phones, today announced the availability of Johnny Crash Stuntman Does Texas, a mobile game that supports Digital Chocolate's popular Mobile League gaming functionality, on 3 Sweden. This marks the first time that the company's Mobile League titles are available in Europe. "

jueves, julio 14, 2005

Digital Chocolate Launches Mobile League Gaming in Europe
"Helsinki, Finland, July 14, 2005 - Digital Chocolate, a developer of software for mobile phones, today announced the availability of Johnny Crash Stuntman Does Texas, a mobile game that supports Digital Chocolate's popular Mobile League gaming functionality, on 3 Sweden. This marks the first time that the company's Mobile League titles are available in Europe. "
Ecuador Tells America Movil Unit To Pay Back Clients
"QUITO -(Dow Jones)- Ecuador's telecommunications regulator ordered cellular services operator Porta Celular, a subsidiary of Mexico's America Movil S.A. (AMX), to reimburse subscribers excessive charges going back to March 2000. Porta Celular was accused last month of having overcharged some 1.8 million subscribers of its prepaid service till May, charging them for calls from the moment they pressed the 'send' button until the call ended, which resulted in an extra 10 to 20 seconds on average for each call."

miércoles, julio 13, 2005

Reaxion's Hero's Quest Mobile Game Brings the Best of Roll-Playing, Action and Adventure To Verizon Wireless
"BEDMINSTER, N.J. and SEATTLE, July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider and Reaxion Corporation, a market leading publisher and developer of cutting-edge 3D, 2D and multiplayer mobile games, today announced the availability of Hero's Quest on Verizon Wireless' Get It Now(R) service. Published by Reaxion and developed by G5 Software, Hero's Quest is a classic role-playing game featuring a richly detailed fantasy world filled with monsters, magic and mystery."
Fantastic Four Suite of Mobile Products by MFORMA
"BELLEVUE, WA - July 13, 2005 - MFORMA Group, Inc., the leading global publisher and distributor of mobile entertainment, has launched a suite of mobile products based on FANTASTIC 4, the new Twentieth Century Fox motion picture event. The suite of Fantastic 4 products includes a state-of-the-art mobile game plus wallpapers, cell phone themes, voice tones, ring tones and ring backs based on defining scenes and voice clips from the movie. The products are being released amid the biggest marketing campaign ever conducted by MFORMA for the launch of mobile products. MFORMA's global marketing activity, conducted in conjunction with Marvel, Activision, Twentieth Century Fox, and Fox's global promotional partners, comprises more than 25 individual campaigns running concurrently in 20 countries around the world."

martes, julio 12, 2005

Jamdat Stock Surges On Acquisition Rumors
"Rumors circulating that Jamdat, one of the most prominent mobile phone game publishers in the industry, may be set for acquisition by another company have sent the publisher's stock price up by 7% to $32.50. Jamdat's wide range of products, including the exclusive mobile phone license to Tetris, make it an attractive prospect for any buyer."
Leading US Card Game, SET(R) Being Developed for Mobile Games Market
"FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- SET Enterprises, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a long-term licensing agreement with a new company, Mustang Mobile Games LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, Mustang Mobile Games will have the exclusive rights to develop, commercialize and license mobile versions of the current and future portfolio of games owned by SET Enterprises, Inc. This includes the popular game, SET, the top* selling card game in the United States, which also has a tremendous international following since it is symbol rather than language dependent, and has demonstrated an almost 'addictive' appeal among the young and old alike, with particular appeal among the 10-25 year age group."
Tira Adds Dwango Wireless to List of Leading Mobile Publishers Using Tira Jump Product Suite
"TORONTO--July 12, 2005--Tira Wireless, the premier technology provider for mobile content deployment, today announced that Dwango Wireless (OTCBB: DWGN), a Seattle-based leading developer and publisher of mobile entertainment content for top lifestyle brands, is licensing the Tira Jump Product Suite. Under terms of this agreement Dwango gains access to Tira Wireless' extensive porting and global mobile handset knowledge as well as the Tira Jump Workflow Manager for the efficient management of the mobile content deployment process. Dwango's mobile content offering covers the spectrum of games, ringtones, messaging, images, video clips and other mobile technology applications."
iHollywood Forum Announces Mobile Entertainment Summit and Marketplace Los Angeles, July 27-28, 2005; Summer Summit Spotlights Mobile Entertainment Content, Technologies and Business Opportunities
"LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2005--iHollywood Forum, Inc. today announced the lineup for its seventh Mobile Entertainment Summit(TM) (, focusing on the wireless technologies and content transforming the U.S., European and Asian mobile entertainment marketplace. Mobile Entertainment Summit takes place July 27-28, at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles."
Banjo saves Kazooie from the clutches of the wicked witch
"Meerbusch, July 11 2005; A bear fights to liberate his feathered friend: IN-FUSIO, the leading mobile games' publisher and game service provider, has announced the well-known Game Boy Advanced game 'Banjo-Kazooie® – Grunty's Revenge' for the mobile phone."

lunes, julio 11, 2005

InfoSpace introduces direct marketing in mobile games
"BELLEVUE, Wash.--July 8, 2005--InfoSpace, Inc. (Nasdaq:INSP), a leading provider of mobile content, applications and infrastructure, today introduced a mobile marketing channel for its slate of 'For Prizes' multiplayer tournament games. The channel allows marketers an innovative new way to reach mobile subscribers with highly targeted, relevant messages. Building on InfoSpace's leading mobile content position and its unique 'For Prizes' gaming format, InfoSpace is pioneering the future of marketing in the mobile space."
Mobile Media launches salvo of real-time shoot-em-ups
"Oslo, Norway, July 11th, 2005 - The Mobile Media Company, the personal broadcaster, ( today announced the availability of Mobile Interaction's ( ground breaking No Refuge and the all new No Refuge Universe real-time mobile multiplayer sci-fi shoot'em ups on Mobile Media's MoConDi platform for 3G networks."
OrangePixel releases 'Dynamo Kid'
"OrangePixel releases Dynamo Kid, its latest Platform/Jump'n Run game."
Batman takes on Gotham's Sinister crime syndicate in the new mobile phone game from Warner Bros. Online
"Warner Bros. Online announced that 'Batman Begins', a new mobile adventure game that explores the origins of the Batman legend, is now available on all major carriers in the United Kingdom. Based on the Warner Bros. Pictures film of the same name, 'Batman Begins' is an action packed platform adventure that allows mobile gamers to embark on a mission to root out and eliminate the corruption that has taken over Gotham City."
A princess' tale
"Last August, she got a special birthday gift when she was about to fly back to her country from China - a friend bought her 'Fight for Treasures in the Middle Kingdom.' For the uninitiated, it is a mobile MUD (multi-user dungeon) game, in which players play roles, read written descriptions on scenarios, objects, events, other players, and computer-driven creatures, and combat and interact with others."
Watch the Olympics on a mobile phone
"The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is planning to launch an Invitation to Tender (ITT) procedure for the acquisition of European mobile media rights for the Winter Olympic Games, Turin 2006, and Summer Olympic Games, Beijing 2008. The ITT procedure will provide interested parties the opportunity to bid for the rights to deliver moving images of the Olympic Games, via live and on-demand rights packages to mobile telephone devices. The rights packages will be available on a single country or a group of countries basis."
Vivo Launches 3G Wireless Handsets in Brazil
"Brazil : Telefónica Móviles, through its Vivo subsidiary, has rolled out the first Third Generation services in Brazil specifically tailored for mobile handsets."
3G Wireless Gamers Get No Refuge
"Europe : The Mobile Media Company announced the availability of Mobile Interaction's ground breaking No Refuge and the all new No Refuge Universe real-time mobile multiplayer sci-fi shoot'em ups on Mobile Media's MoConDi platform for 3G networks. "

sábado, julio 09, 2005

Cheeky and Llamasoft bring classic GridRunner++ to Mobile
"Friday, 8 July; Corfu, Greece (Cheeky) and the Cow Barn, West Wales (Llamasoft): Today Cheeky announced the mobile release of the classic Jeff Minter/Llamasoft game, GridRunner++. Written by veteran coder Mark Ripley over a period of five months, the original PC game is now available for a number of Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets. Visitors to can also play the online demo."
3G key to mobile game market in China
"In 2004 China's mobile gaming market topped $98 million, which itself amounted to an annual growth rate of 150 percent from the $39 million generated in 2003.Analysys International's forecast for 2005 is that the market will hit $175 million, growing by another 79 percent.According to the company's report, 'Mobile VAS -- Focus Report on Mobile Game Industry Trends 2005,' China's mobile gaming market is anticipated to experience the first signs of substantial revenue growth beginning in 2007. "
Upcoming Mobile Games
"Nokia announced the Rifts game right before the E3 show this year. The game features multiplayer game modes and a brand new character class. "Based on Palladium Books' highly acclaimed pen and paper role-playing game, Rifts: Promise of Power is available exclusively on the N-Gage platform and will be available in stores worldwide this October.""

viernes, julio 08, 2005

cellularTelefonica Moviles Launches 3G Services In Brazil
"MADRID -(Dow Jones)- Telefonica Moviles SA (TEM), the largest mobile telephony company in Spain and Latin America, said Thursday its Brazilian joint venture Vivo has become the first local operator to launch third-generation mobile services. "
Duke Nukem Mobile 3D Gets Ready to Rock the World
"FORT LEE, N.J., Wireless game publisher SkyZone Entertainment today announced that Duke Nukem Mobile 3D will leap onto BREW handsets in full 3D this summer. This next installment of the Duke Nukem Mobile franchise builds upon the positive reception of the initial Duke Nukem Mobile game, which received industry-wide acclaim. Duke Nukem Mobile 3D was recently featured in the 'world tour of mobile games' at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco and was named one of GameSpot's 'Most Anticipated Games for 2005.' Duke Nukem Mobile 3D was developed by Machineworks NorthWest and is based on the original Duke Nukem first person shooter for PCs, which sold millions of copies."

jueves, julio 07, 2005

Living Mobile Launches Guerrillas: an advanced squad-based real-time strategy game
"In keeping up with its tradition of releasing high quality, mass-market mobile entertainment, Living Mobile today launched Guerrillas, a real-time, squad-based strategy game that has an innovative isometric engine to compliment many unique features."
Mobile Content Market Set to Triple to More Than $9 Billion Within a Year
"Consumer demand for mobile downloads is set to triple in the next 12 months, creating a $9 billion global market for mobile content by this time next year, according to international research announced today by LogicaCMG at its Content Management event in London. "
Wizards of the Coast Selects Proteus to Bring Magic: The Gathering Content to the Mobile Market
"WASHINGTON-- July 6, 2005--Proteus, Inc., the leading developer and publisher of mobile entertainment content, today announced a relationship with Wizards of the Coast, Inc., a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS - News), who has selected Proteus to develop the mobile strategy and distribution for one of their most popular games: Magic: The Gathering(R)."
Superscape Group plc Wins Royalty Bearing Distribution Contract with Major Network Operator
"LONDON, July 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Superscape Group plc, the world's leading 3D mobile games publisher, announces today the signing of a distribution agreement for its mobile games with another of its key targeted network operators. The company's 2D and 3D mobile games, which include titles based on Alien versus Predator, AMF Bowling, Fight Club and Global Wireless Entertainment-licensed titles - Callaway Golf, Harlem Globetrotters and Evel Knievel - will now be available on fifteen of the company's targeted top twenty network operators around the globe."
"No Truth" to EA-Superscape Acquisition Rumor
"Reports surfaced this holiday weekend that EA is getting ready to bid on British mobile games developer Superscape, but our source has informed us that it's not going to happen. Nevertheless, EA's interest in the mobile games market is heating up and they certainly could be buyers in the future. More within..."
Amp'd Mobile and THQ Wireless to Bring Mobile Gaming to Next Generation Handsets; Best Mobile Content in Action and Sports to Hit Amp'd 3G Wireless Phones This Fall
"SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 5, 2005--Amp'd Mobile, the first fully integrated 3G mobile entertainment company for youth/young adults, and THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI), today announced an agreement to distribute mobile games and content for Amp'd Mobile's new 3G mobile entertainment experience, Amp'd Live. "
3G Americas Publishes White Paper on Mobile Digital TV
"3G Americas, a trade association supporting the wireless industry throughout the Americas, today published 'Mobile TV - The Next Big Killer App in Wireless?' an executive overview on mobile TV from user expectations and potential markets/business models to technical challenges. The paper explores the various mobile TV technologies including DVB-H, DMB, ISDB-T, MBMS, FLO, and IPDC. "
Disney Teams With Sprint to Offer National Wireless Service for Families
"NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - July 6, 2005 -- The Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) and Sprint (NYSE: FON) today announced an agreement through which Disney will create the first national U.S. wireless phone service specifically designed for families. The service, called Disney Mobile, will use the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network and is slated to launch next year. "

miércoles, julio 06, 2005

Top ten handset sales
"Sales of phone cases can often be a useful indicator as to which phones are selling at the moment in the shops. The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics,"
Vodafone uses Java to run multiple IN services
"While the telecommunications industry readies for the deployment of truly programmable network services that provides service portability in both IN and 3G/IMS, Vodafone Spain has already successfully used JAIN SLEE (Java) technology to deploy and run a real life commercial IN service on two different vendors platforms."
3G Wireless Video Content for Vodafone
"Europe : Vodafone Live! customers in the Netherlands can now access video content on their mobile phone. The service went live this week only seven days after signing the agreement."
Gameloft’s War of the Worlds Ready to Attack Cell Phones
"NEW YORK - June 30, 2005 - They are here! Alien tripods are set to invade your phone with the release of War of the Worlds, the mobile game, from Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones. The exclusive agreement with Viacom Consumer Products, Inc. enables Gameloft to develop, publish and distribute the wireless game version of the highly anticipated War of the Worlds movie directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Tom Cruise. "
Nokia Offers New Music Equipment Package For Handsets
"STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Finnish telecommunications equipment maker Nokia Oyj (NOK) Monday said it will offer a package for mobile phones of musical equipment consisting of headphones, an MP3 cable, sound adapters and a memory card of 512 megabytes. "
Nokia To Cooperate With Telefonica Moviles On Mobile TV
"STOCKHOLM -(Dow Jones)- Finland's Nokia Oyj (NOK) said Monday it will cooperate with Abertis Telecom and Telefonica Moviles Espana, part of Telefonica Moviles S.A. (TEM), on mobile television. "
More moves to develop low-cost GSM handsets
"The GSM Association's (GSMA) has announced a new phase for its low-cost handset initiative with an Invitation to Strategic Partnership issued to handset manufacturers for the supply of the next Ultra-Low Cost handset, to connect the unconnected in developing markets."

martes, julio 05, 2005

New Location and new General Sales Manager for Touchlink Mobile
"Touchlink Mobile, the developer and publisher of mobile content, formerly headquartered in the United Kingdom, announces its moving to Denmark."
Carmageddon back on the road and in the palm of your hand
"New mobile version of a PC classic invites gamers to wreak havoc on the roads once more"
Akatora Content Services releases 'Cross Black 2'
"Akatora Content Services released its latest game, Cross Black 2."
Quake Mobile first artwork released
"The first artwork of Quake Mobile has been released"
InfoSpace Brings Marketers to Mobile with New Direct Communication Channel for its Popular Tournament Games
"BELLEVUE, Wash. – July 5, 2005 – InfoSpace, Inc. (NASDAQ: INSP), a leading provider of mobile content, applications and infrastructure, today introduced a mobile marketing channel for its slate of 'For Prizes' multiplayer tournament games. The channel allows marketers an innovative new way to reach mobile subscribers with highly targeted, relevant messages. Building on InfoSpace's leading mobile content position and its unique 'For Prizes' gaming format, InfoSpace is pioneering the future of marketing in the mobile space."
Is Mobile 3D Finally on the Move?
"Article from July Edition of 3D World Magazine (currently on stands): Two years ago, experts predicted that by 2005, 3D games on mobile devices would be everywhere. They were premature - yet recent stirrings suggest the sleeping giant is finally waking. Quotes from IGDA Mobile-SIG Chair and Chicago Technologist, Thor Gunnarsson - Ideaworks3D and David MacQueen - Screen Digest."
In-Fusio Launches mMAP Mobile Media Solution
"In-Fusio has launched its mobile Media Access Portal 'mMAP'. Aimed at existing and new entrants to the mobile content and entertainment market, mMAP offers a customizable end-to-end solution (downloadable over the air or pre-loaded). The mMAP application has a small 'client-side' footprint, which integrates with server and additional community services."

lunes, julio 04, 2005

Triacom releases 'Brix2 Arena'
"Triacom releases Brix2 Arena, its latest Arcade Game."
Player X opens Asian Office
"Mobile games specialist Player X has appointed Mr Kristan Rivers, a veteran of the mobile entertainment industry, as Managing Director of the company's new Asia Pacific (APAC) offices."

sábado, julio 02, 2005

Lightplay, Disney put 'Herbie' on the phone
"Video game developer Lightplay Studios has expanded it partnership with The Walt Disney Co. by making a game based on the movie 'Herbie: Fully Loaded' available on wireless phones. "
Bringing Mom and Dad to Mobile Gaming
"Yahoo!'s Director of Games Operations John Cahill believes that older, casual gamers who may not 'get' today's more complicated games will find much to like in Yahoo! Games' web offerings and subsequently their mobile entertainment. Community and communication is the key, says Cahill, and Yahoo!'s PC-to-Mobile feature is just the start."

viernes, julio 01, 2005

Nostromo ICT releases 'Simbabe', its latest Simulation/Strategy Game
"Nostromo ICT releases 'Simbabe', its latest Simulation/Strategy Game."
Com2uS to release 'Shane Warne Cricket' for Mobile
"Australian leg-spin bowling legend Shane Warne joins gamers in Shane Warne Cricket, a cricket game for mobile that challenges the batting and bowling skills of users in international cricket. The game, developed and published with Com2uS together with Shane Warne, will be available on java-enabled handsets from July through major carriers in Australia and the UK, with plans for other cricket-loving countries to follow. It will initially be available exclusively for 1 month to Three Australia customers."
J2X TECHNOLOGIES announced the support for the development of Mobile-To-Web gaming
"The J2Play Community-Building Toolkit puts J2ME and applet developers in the multiplayer games market, allowing them to quickly and easily add network-aware features. Together with the Toolkit and a staging server for web-hosted Java applets ( ), J2X now offers a full solution for the development of Web-To-Mobile games. Developers can upload their in-development applet to the staging server and test it in a browser while playing against a MIDlet running on a J2ME-enabled handset."
'Mile High Pinball' celebrates 75 years of pinball with new Screenshots
"'Mile High Pinball', the latest N-Gage title celebrating man's mastery over a silver ball, celebrates 75 years of pinball history with a brand new set of screenshots."
New InfoSpace Reward Programs incentivize Gamers to play more Mobile Games for Prizes
"New InfoSpace Reward Programs incentivize Gamers to play more Mobile Games for Prizes; Frequent Player Points and Tell-A-Friend Rewards Programs introduce new Ways to win Prizes"
Miniworldgames set to Launch New 'Ian Botham Mobile Cricket Game'
"MiniWorldGames, the new gaming brand of Rancon Ltd, has confirmed that it will launch a mobile phone version of the world's no.1 online cricket game this summer and that it will be fronted by none other than the biggest name in world cricket, Sir Ian Botham. "
BREAKPOINT releases 'Rogue Lords - The Tears of Sitanel'
"BREAKPOINT has released 'Rogue Lords - The Tears of Sitanel', its latest 3D Game."
No Pencil? No Problem. Vindigo brings Mad Libs, the perennial Family Favorite, to Mobile Phones
"Vindigo, a leading mobile media company, has joined forces with Price Stern Sloan, creators of Mad Libs, to bring the best-selling word game to mobile phones. The Mad Libs franchise offers books for children and adults, making it a fun distraction for everyone old enough to know the difference between a noun and a verb. With over 95% brand recognition in the U.S. and selling over two million copies a year, Mad Libs is a natural for the mobile game market."
Welcome to Another World
"July 1st. Almost fifteen years after it was originally released on home computers, the critically acclaimed, genre-spanning and award-winning video game Another World is coming to mobile phone handsets, thanks to Telcogames and developer Magic Productions."
N-FUSIO Signs an Exclusive Licence Agreement and Launches The Tour de France Mobile Phone Game
"London, July 1 2005, IN-FUSIO, international leader in mobile phone entertainment, games publisher and service provider for managing game player communities, has just signed an exclusive agreement with Amaury Sport Organisation, the official organiser of the Tour de France to launch the Tour de FranceTM game for mobile. The game will be distributed in Europe and China, and is available on Java, ExEn, EGE and Doja platforms. The game is published in liaison with Living Mobile ( and was developed by Living Mobile and Hudson Soft."
The 4G Report 2005: Changing the wireless value chain
"'4G' doesn't just define a standard, it describes an environment were radio access methods will be able to interoperate to provide communications sessions that can seamlessly 'hand-off' between them. More than any other technology, 4G will have a profound impact on the entire wireless landscape and the total value chain. It is never too early to understand it."
Su-do-ku Puzzle Phenomenon Comes To Mobile
"London, June 30th 2005 – Innovative wireless games developer Rockpool Games and established distributor Telcogames have joined forces to bring the hugely popular Japanese puzzle phenomenon Su-do-ku to wireless gaming on the T-Mobile Network. This week has seen the release of this challenging and addictive game with T-Mobile UK. Paul Gouge, the CEO of Rockpool Games commented 'Su-do-ku has proved itself as a compelling puzzle game on other formats and we are confident it will be a great success with T-Mobile's customers in the wireless format.' "
Player X Opens Asian Office
"June 30th. Mobile games specialist Player X has appointed Mr Kristan Rivers, a veteran of the mobile entertainment industry, as Managing Director of the company's new Asia Pacific (APAC) offices."
The Schism: Two Orthodoxies in Mobile Gaming?
"When I started at Wireless Gaming Review a little over a year ago, my job wasn't nearly as complicated as it is now. Most mobile games, regardless of genre, could be counted on to share a few characteristics. They had similar price-points, usually weighing in around $3-5 for an outright purchase; they weren't very technically sophisticated; and they made use of a very general design ethos, since they were being passively sold to an amorphous demographic that nobody knew anything about. Proliferation in design relies upon the differentiation of the commercial environment, just like the evolution of Earth's many species has been driven by the planet's wide assortment of habitats. "