viernes, setiembre 30, 2005

Glu Mobile launches "Marc Ecko's Getting Up" for mobile phones
"Graffiti Culture Hits Mobile Gaming with the Release of *ecko unltd and Atari's Groundbreaking Action-Adventure Game"
Review News - Javart releases its latest product: 'Javart Sudoku EX'
"Now you are ready to confront yourself with one of the more exciting mathematic puzzle game, which fascinated people, without to lose its glamour, from every part of the world for century and century, since it was created in the old Japan. "
IECOM to bring "Throwing The Cellphone" on mobiles
"Sometimes when something has really gotten on your nerves - for example pushy ads for ring-tones - you have a burning desire to throw your cellular phone in a long curving arc away once and for all; and now IECOM is just about to launch its new game ' Throwing The Cellphone' which is the perfect opportunity for you give your aggressions free rein without destroying your phone for ever. "
Blue Sphere Games announces it's 2nd Coca-Cola Mobile Game 'Coca-Cola Soccer'
"Blue Sphere Games, a leading developer of mobile games, is proud to announce the release of its second Coca-Cola mobile game: 'Coca-Cola Soccer'."
Tira Wireless advances Mobile Content Deployment with expanded Tira Jump Product Suite
"Mobile Entertainment Summit-Tira Wireless, the premier provider of advanced technology for mobile content deployment, announced a new release of the Tira Jump Product Suite that enables content providers to more efficiently control priorities, resources and digital assets in the deployment of mobile content."
JavArt announces two new partnerships
"JavArt , Italian games developer, announces two new partnership: the first one with Playfon for the Russian market, the second one with for H3G connections. "
Gameloft's financial statements for the first half-year ending June 30, 2005
"Strong growth in sales and net profit. Net profit reaches 2.7M Euro. 2005 sales forecast revised upwards to 44m Euro"
First on-line multiplayer racing game for mobile phones
"Acute Mobiler releases Pro Racing League."
IGN: CTIA 2205
"CTIA 2005, quickly becoming the mobile E3, is currently underway in bustling downtown San Francisco. IGN Wireless is on the scene, sitting down with developers and publishers, checking out the latest and greatest of upcoming mobile games. The theme heard 'round the Moscone Center (where CTIA is held) is making games that take advantage of the cellphone's unique capabilities (always online, simple controls) rather than just trying to shove any old video game on to a handset. The results of this new mindset are extremely promising. To see all of our CTIA updates, bookmark this page and keep checking back for news and previews!"
IGN: Gallop Racer Preview
"September 29, 2005 - Tecmo's Gallop Racer does solid business in Japan, but the series has been relegated to niche on these shores. (Because unless it has a gun or a fast car, we don't care.) However, Tecmo is prepping two mobile editions of the franchise for mobile and with any luck, mobile gamers will see them both in just a scant few months. At CTIA, Tecmo showed of the 3D edition of the game on a Japanese handset that made me positively green with envy. "
IGN: Rygar Preview
"September 29, 2005 - When you have a back catalog as rich as Tecmo's, you need not be sheepish while mining the past for the mobile games of today. At CTIA, Tecmo handed off a playable version of its classic side-scrolling action game, Rygar."
Cell Phone Games Evolve
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mobile content and entertainment providers took the keynote stage at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment this week to describe a sunny future for music and mobile operators, video vendors, and consumers.
Full House for Mobile Media and World Entertainment
CTIA 2005, San Francisco, Calif.—The Mobile Media Company ( - The Personal Broadcaster - and World Entertainment Corp., today announced a partnership to deliver BINGO related mobile entertainment and information services to the majority of mobile phone subscribers across North America.

jueves, setiembre 29, 2005

Square Enix plans further focus on online, mobile markets
Online and mobile gaming represents the future for one of Japan's largest publishers and the world's most successful creator of role-playing games, according to Square Enix president Yoichi Wada.

miércoles, setiembre 28, 2005

Sun Microsystems and Bango Simplify Delivery of Java-based Games and Other Mobile Content
SAN FRANCISCO, CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & ENTERTAINMENT 2005 -- September 26, 2005 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Bango (AIM: BGO), a leading mobile content enabler, today announced an agreement to deliver mobile Java(tm) technology-based games and applications to millions of mobile phone users on more than 250 wireless carrier networks worldwide. The new service from and Bango provides a streamlined user experience and simplifies the payment process to make locating and downloading mobile Java technology-based content easier for users and network providers.
Billions of Dollars Lost Through Mobile Data Revenue Leakage
The premium mobile content industry is incurring billions of dollars in lost revenue through insecure transaction processing, a problem that could reach more than $18 billion by 2009, according to a study authored by market strategy consultancy iGillottResearch. The study examines the mobile content market worldwide and finds that network operators will lose a staggering 18.3% of their total revenues in 2005, or more than $5.6 billion.
Mobile Music Could Prove More Popular Than Gaming
Mobile music services -- either in the form of downloadable music files or broadcast digital radio -- have greater interest among U.S. mobile customers than gaming, an application that is now providing some of the greatest mobile data revenue, reports In-Stat. However, the ecosystem that will permit widespread uptake of music applications is not yet mature, and shows signs of being put on hold until key issues, such as pricing, revenue sharing and Digital Rights Management (DRM), can be worked out, the high-tech market research firm said.
Nearly a Quarter of Primary School Children Have Cellphones
An Amplitude Research survey of 2,400 American consumers, including 2,000 cell phone users -- conducted over a two-week period ending Sept. 20, 2005 -- revealed strong support of a policy that limits cell phone usage to immediately before or immediately after school, but not during school hours. Overall, 85% of the respondents would support such a policy, with similarly high levels of support among the 2,000 cell phone user respondents and the 1,100 respondents with school age children.
3G Virtual Girlfriend for 3 Hong Kong
US : Hong Kong based Artificial Life, a provider of leading edge mobile 3G technology and applications today announced that it has signed an agreement with Hutchison Telecom 3 Hong Kong, to jointly launch the highly acclaimed and multiple award winning 3G product “V-girl™ - your virtual girlfriend”.
KDDI Develops Protype Fuel-Cell for 3G Mobile Phones
ASIA : KDDI, with partners Toshiba Corporation and Hitachi, Ltd., is pleased to announce that prototype mobile phones powered with fuel cells will be exhibited in the KDDI booth at CEATEC JAPAN (Makuhari Messe), to take place from October 4. KDDI had been in co-development with Toshiba and Hitachi since July, 2004 on next-generation fuel cells for use in mobile devices such as cell-phones.
LG 8360 3G Phone Review
Europe : My first impression of the LG 8360 was that is just the same as the other LGs in the 8000 series - there must be about 6 different models released to date all very much the same apart from successive improvements. This handset is exclusive to 3.
JAMDAT Mobile Launches Wireless Games in India on the Reliance Infocomm Network
LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANCISCO & HYDERABAD, India --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 28, 2005 -- Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ:JMDT) announced today the launch of its games on Reliance Infocomm, the largest CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) wireless carrier in India. The announcement was made at the CTIA Wireless I.T. and Entertainment 2005 trade show in San Francisco. Many of JAMDAT Mobile's JAVA- and BREW-enabled games are now available to more than 10 million customers throughout India.
Mobliss Games' Brady Bunch Kung Fu Kicks The Competition And Prevails With First Industry Award
Mobliss Games announced today that Brady Bunch Kung Fu, one of the most highly anticipated mobile games for 2005, has received its first industry accolade: the 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Most Innovative Mobile Game Development. Brady Bunch Kung Fu joins a prestigious list of past winners recognized for excellence in using and deploying CDMA2000(R) technology. The award is presented by the CDMA Development Group, a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA technologies. Mobliss claimed the award earlier this month at a ceremony in Miami, FL, during the CDMA American Congress.

martes, setiembre 27, 2005

O2 has today announced it has partnered with RealNetworks (Nasdaq: RNWK) to provide the RealArcade Mobile game service through the i-mode service to consumers in the UK. This new service will be available starting 1st October 2005. The service will offer mobile consumers access to a rotating selection of leading casual game titles for a monthly subscription fee of £3.00 in the UK and €3.00 in Ireland. As an official partner of O2, RealArcade will be available through i-mode’s intuitive interface under Games on the menu.
Electronic Arts announces mobile game line-up
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Electronic Arts Inc. on Tuesday said its mobile line-up for late 2005 and early 2006 features games based on its "FIFA Street," "Def Jam" and "SimCity" franchises.
PRESS RELEASE: Namco America to Offer First Online Mobile Pool Game with Head-to-Head Game Play on Sprint
SAN JOSE, Calif. & CTIA Wireless (September 27, 2005) - Nice Shot! It's Your Turn. I'll Be Right Back. These are just some of the phrases fans of the original Pool Pro OnlineTM are using as they chat and rack with the new version of the mobile game. Namco America, a leading publisher of wireless games and content, today launched a new version of Pool Pro Online, which allows players to communicate with their competitors using a simulated chat function while enjoying the same online head-to-head play and rankings as the original Pool Pro Online.
PRESS RELEASE: THQ Wireless Joins Forces With Lucasfilm to Develop First Ever Star Wars(R) Multiplayer Mobile Game, Available Exclusively on Cingular Wireless
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept 27, 2005: THQ Wireless Inc., a subsidiary of THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI), unveiled today at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment tradeshow, the company's biggest multiplayer endeavor to date, Star Wars Battlefront Mobile.
New Sega Mobile™ Website Takes Gamers on Interactive Cell Phone Ride
(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) – Sega Mobile™, a division of Sega of America, Inc., today unveiled a playful new website with community and commerce capabilities for millions of loyal Sega gamers in North America and beyond.
Doom RPG review at WGamer
While it might not pick up any style points, there's something to be said for the simple nature of the name "Doom RPG." It lets you know exactly what you're getting into: a role-playing game based on the classic id Software first-person shooter, Doom. Converting an action game into a turn-based RPG sounds like a risky maneuver, but aside from a handful of quirks and the occasional performance issue, Doom RPG is an interesting and fun new twist on the Doom legacy.
“Halo™” Goes Mobile
CTIA Wireless – San Francisco – Sept. 27, 2005 – IN-FUSIO, a global entertainment publisher and game services provider for mobile phones, announced today that the company will publish mobile applications based on the “Halo™” franchise created by Bungie Studios, one of Microsoft’s premiere first party game development studios. Extending an existing partnership with Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), the agreement establishes IN-FUSIO as the worldwide mobile publisher for one of the most valuable properties in interactive entertainment.
Nokia Twists Again with New Music Phone
Nokia has launched a new handset that has an unusual keypad twisting design. This unique design twists to transform a traditional phone keypad into dedicated music keys. The Nokia 3250 stores up to 1 Gigabyte (750 songs) of high quality music and offers 10 hours of music play. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the Nokia 3250's two-megapixel camera and smartphone capabilities. The triband GSM 900/1800/1900 model is expected to start shipping in the first quarter 2006 with an estimated retail price of 350 EUR before subsidies or taxes.

lunes, setiembre 26, 2005

New Sega Mobile™ Website Takes Gamers on Interactive Cell Phone Ride
"(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) - Sega Mobile(TM), a division of Sega of America, Inc., today unveiled a playful new website with community and commerce capabilities for millions of loyal Sega gamers in North America and beyond."
Blue Sphere Games Announces it’s Second Coca-Cola Mobile Game “Coca-Cola Soccer”
"Birmingham, UK Blue Sphere Games, a leading developer of mobile games, is proud to announce the release of its second Coca-Cola mobile game: 'Coca-Cola Soccer'."

domingo, setiembre 25, 2005

"Ministry of Sound" goes mobile
"Summer's over, but clubbers, party-goers, fun-seekers and fashionistas may still party on the magical island of Ibiza using their mobile phones, since the biggest sensation in mobile games this season is, you guessed, the Ministry of Sound Ibiza Game."
HeroCraft releases "Revival"
"HeroCraft, a well-known game developer, releases 'Revival'. The game available in English, Russian and Ukrainian (more languages to come). The release date is 1st of October. "
Astraware goes Windows
"Astraware, a Microsoft' Certified Partner Company, is excited to announce that several of their games have now been updated to support devices running Windows Mobile(TM) 5.0."
Gamgo launches 'The Secret of Maya'
"Gamgo, a developer of of exciting and innovative mobile games for mobile devices, announce the launch of their new Action Adventure game Secret of Maya."
HeroCraft releases "Kamikaze: The God's Wind"
"HeroCraft Company is proudly representing its new game that continues the first part of well- known quest 'Kamikaze: The God's Wind' about adventures in medieval Japanese world. This time you start the game as a samurai but not as a weak peasant. Carrying out the quests, destroying the enemies by different weapons you may get more experiences; upgrade your features and weapons skill level."

sábado, setiembre 24, 2005

Despatch 10: The Reliance Model Of Pricing Mobile Games
"Mobile Gaming Conference, New Delhi: Our coverage of the conference is meant to be comprehensive, so I intend to continuosly post stories on what speakers have spoken at the event. The comments made by Krishna Dhurba, Vice President at Reliance Infocomm, is particularly important. Because he has a different take on the pricing of games (or any other VAS product) as against other telecom operators, say, Tata Teleservices, who has been following a strategy of pricing games at Rs 25, Rs 30 and more. "
Mobile games creators win awards
"FPT Mobile and Samsung Vina gave away awards to 10 semifinalists of the Mobile Games 2005 Thursday. "

jueves, setiembre 22, 2005

IN-FUSIO tells you everything about Age of Empires(R); II Mobile on its dedicated web site:
"20th, 2005 IN-FUSIO, the leading international mobile entertainment company, publishing games and applications for mobile phones and delivering players' community management services, today announced the launch of the official Age of Empires II Mobile web site. "
Gameloft releases first half numbers
"Gameloft's sales increased 134% in the first six months of 2005. Mobile gaming generated 96% of these sales, increasing 139% over the same period in 2004. Internet sales were up by 56% and accounted for 4% of total sales in the first six months of 2005."
I-play: Skipping Stone Worldwide
"I-play, the mobile games company, announced the global launch of Skipping Stone, probably the most critically acclaimed mobile title to launch this year. Mobile phone operators and online portals across North and South America, Asia Pacific and Europe, will launch the most compulsive 'one thumb play' title, created by Korean-based developer, Gamevil to mobile gamers around the world."
Mobile Games qwak up with Telcogames
"Mobile games publisher Telcogames exclusively released QWAK, the classic platform game for Symbian smartphones."
IGN: Duke Nukem Mobile 3D Review
"September 20, 2005 - When not pillaging dialogue from the 'Evil Dead' movies, Duke Nukem busies himself by mowing down pigcops (ha ha, get it?) and saving scantily clad babes from a lifetime without The Duke's macho charms. This routine has made the character a cult classic in video games, and despite his AWOL Duke Nukem Forever status, interest in the big fella just doesn't seem to wane. This will probably be much to the benefit of Machineowrk's Duke Nukem Mobile 3D, a handset edition of the first-person shooter."
Video games become another Indian offshoring skill
"BANGALORE, India (AP) - Rajesh Rao, a 34-year-old businessman, spends a good part of his workday playing video games on his mobile phone. He also insists his new employees spend their first few weeks doing the same."
Online Mobile Games Get Sequels
"Sequels are often said to be rarely better than the originals, but it seems that mobile games are an exception to the rule as many of the latest sequels to popular mobile games have become more successful than their originals. "
Games on mobiles becoming serious business
"HELSINKI: Since graduating from university Maija Parjanen has mostly been paid to play games. "
UK Mobile Content Market Worth Over US$1 Billion
"A new report from MINTEL finds that the UK's mobile phone junkies set to blow a massive US$1.3 billion on phone downloads this year alone, some eighteen times the US$72 million spent in 2002."
Crazy Frog Ringtones Firm Loses Legal Action
"The company behind 'that annoying thing' - namely the crazy frog ringtone has lost a UK court action to prevent publication of a negative statement about the company's advertising practices. The UK's Advertising Standards Authority had upheld a string of complaints about the company's television adverts and imposed a ban on all TV adverts before 9pm. The ASA's adjudication relates to television advertising for 'Jamster Crazy Frog', 'Sweetie the Chick' and 'Nessie the Dragon' ringtones."
T-Mobile Wins 20 Millionth Customer in the USA
"T-Mobile USA has now has surpassed 20 million wireless customers, having doubled its customer base during the past 10 quarters. The company credits this achievement in part to the success it has had in delivering on its Get More promise to its customers. T-Mobile's commitment to offer more minutes, features and service has resonated with consumers. T-Mobile USA reached the 10-million customer mark during the first quarter of 2003."
Secrets on Mobiles Revealed When You're in the Bathroom
"Two out of three people read their partner's SMS messages, almost nine out of ten have flirted with someone by SMS, and 6% feel it is alright to break up with someone by sending an SMS message. These are some of the findings of a new survey conducted by Halebop to map SMS relations among Swedes."
Nokia Says Sales Top 1 Billion Handsets
"HELSINKI (AP)--Nokia Corp. (NOK), the world's largest mobile phone maker, said Wednesday it has sold more than 1 billion handsets and estimated that more than 2 billion people use mobile phones worldwide. "
Equal Mobile to Create a Branded WAP Portal for Mobile Game Developers MiniWORLDGAMES
"London - Sept 22, 2005 - Equal Mobile have signed a deal to create a branded WAP portal for the mobile games development company miniWORLDGAMES."

martes, setiembre 20, 2005

Fathammer Mobile Games To Sonera's New Mobile Portal
"Helsinki, Finland (September 20, 2005) - Fathammer, a leading publisher of advanced 3D mobile game technologies and games, and mobile operator TeliaSonera Oyj have announced their agreement to bring globally successful Fathammer 3D mobile games to Sonera's SurfPort mobile portal. The first six games, released in September, will be available to consumers through eDome gaming service of SurfPort. Sonera and Fathammer will also share in extensive co-marketing of the new games."
IGN: Mobile Luminaries: Michel Guillemot
"September 19, 2005 - New series! IGN Wireless is pleased to bring you the first installment of 'Mobile Luminaries,' an ongoing series of dialogues with major players in the mobile gaming industry. We'll talk about secrets of success in the mobile arena, favorite games, and more. To kick off our new series, we chatted up Michel Guillemot, the head of mobile maker GameLoft. If you're familiar with mobile gaming, you're familiar with Gameloft -- they're responsible for some of the most critically acclaimed wireless games: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, and Massive Snowboarding."
iFone Launches Atari Legends 3 - Three Classic Atari Titles in One Download
"Manchester, 20th September 2005 - iFone, the leading wireless entertainment publisher, today announced that it is launching the third of its popular Atari Legends game packs. Atari Legends are a series of classic games titles from Atari, offered in one single download 3-in-1 game pack. Atari Legends 3 will include the titles Pong, Asteroids Deluxe and Super Breakout. The pack is scheduled to be launched across all European operators in September 2005. "
Mobile Games Qwak Up With Telcogames
"London, September 20th. Mobile games publisher Telcogames today exclusively released QWAK, the classic platform game for Symbian smartphones. First released in 1993, QWAK was created by Jamie Woodhouse and published by Team 17, the company responsible for the hugely popular Worms series. QWAK puts players in the role of a Qwak, a brave - and acrobatic - duck. The game challenges players to collect fruit, gems and keys from each level, while avoiding an enormous variety of enemies and obstacles. Power ups allow Qwak to jump higher, levitate, gain invulnerability or even throw chocolate eggs at the ghosts and other baddies. To progress to new levels, players must defeat boss levels, which will challenge even the most ninja-like ducks. "
Asia Could Be World's Largest Mobile Market within a Decade
"Asia may become the largest regional mobile telecommunications market in the world over the next five to 10 years, reports In-Stat. In 2004, there were nearly 740 million mobile users in Asia (including Japan, Australia, and New Zealand) with total revenue of roughly US$180 billion, the high-tech market research firm said. By 2009, Asian mobile telecom revenues will reach over US$260 billion, according to In-Stat's forecast."
Iplay announces the sequel to the massively successful Metal Slug Mobile
"A sequel to the massively successful Metal Slug Mobile. With the quirky look and game play of the console series, the new mobile edition is a roaring adventure of epic proportions. Based on two of the legendary Metal Slug games this adventure sees our hero Marco deep inside enemy territory. He must find the Control Room and
stop the enemy before they use the feared Super Rocket and destroy the world! Many have come before Marco and failed. He must save POWs and destroy the enemy aided
by a variety of classic Metal Slug vehicles including a helicopter, a submarine and of course the famous tank! I-play to destroy the enemy by any means necessary."
Conditor launches Mobile Corporate Training Game on Boston Common
"Conditor announced the launch of a new corporate team-building program on the Boston Common featuring its new mobile game, Covert Actions."

lunes, setiembre 19, 2005

Mediaplaza releases Zdenka Sexy Playtime
"Mediaplaza releases Zdenka Sexy Playtime"
Siemens introduces SG75, SFG75 3G handsets
"Launching its first foray into the world of 3G, Siemens has announced the introduction of the SG75 and SFG75 handsets. Adding to Siemens' only other mobile device to contain 3G connectivity, the previously announced SXG75 Linux smartphone, the two handsets are due out in time for Christmas and among other features share two-inch LCD displays and 1.3 Megapixel cameras. "
Sprint PPC-6700 launches with EV-DO, Wi-Fi
"Chalking up a first in its new Windows Mobile 5.0 powered communicator, Sprint has introduced the PPC-6700, one of the smallest - yet also most versatile - Windows Mobile communicators to date. Boasting a slide-out thumbboard, the device sports a 2.8-inch display with QVGA resolution as well as memory expansion and multiple means of high-speed data transfer. "
Tune in, zone out with Nokia's 6630 Music Edition
"Expanding its music offerings, Nokia today announced the 6630 Music Edition, a version of the company's very first 3G smartphone bundled with audio-oriented accessories. Arriving just ahead of the company's N91 music smartphone, which is to sport a 4 GB hard drive, the 6630 Music Edition appears to be oriented towards users which desire advanced functionality but find the capabilities of the N91 to be in excess of their needs. "
Namco America Partners with SEGA to Offer Video Game Ringtones; Game Tones Exclusively Available on PAC-MAN's Arcade Corner
"SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 19, 2005--Through a licensing agreement with SEGA of America, Namco America, a leading publisher of wireless games and content, today announced the availability of SEGA's classic game sounds as ringtones. Beginning today, Namco America will distribute the game tones through its strong partnerships with wireless carriers. "
"HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, September 19, 2005 - Digital Chocolate, Inc., a leading publisher of software for mobile phones, today unveiled a new class of networked mobile games which allow consumers to play and connect with friends and members of the Digital Chocolate community, redefining how consumers interact with their mobile phones, the most prevalent computing platform in the world."
Moonscoop And Overloaded Launch Funky Cops(TM) Wireless Games
"Paris, France, 19 September 2005 - Leading kids and animation company Moonscoop and Overloaded, a leading developer and publisher of video games for mobile phones, have signed a deal for the development and exploitation of wireless games based on the hit animated television series Funky CopsTM. The agreement was negotiated through specialist media mobile agency TV For Mobile."
Mobile Game Developer - I-play unveils spectacular Holiday line-up
"San Mateo, CA, 19th September 2005: I-play, the mobile games company, today unveiled its North American title line up for the 2005 Holiday season. Every genre is covered, from casual puzzle and triva titles; the hugely popular sports, shooting and driving games; through to retro hardcore and visually stunning 3D titles. The Holiday line up of titles is showcased at this year�s CTIA Wireless and Entertainment convention: check out M-tertainment Pavilion Pod - 639 AA for a sneak preview."
Vodafone Planning 15 New 3G handsets
"Vodafone has announced an extensive range of phones to bring 3G services to the mass market. The range of phones will be marketed in the run up to Christmas and will be the best yet, offering smaller and lighter phones, longer battery life, cutting edge design and new, faster services which will be available at even better value prices."
GSM / 3G Wireless Network Update
"US : GSA says GSM Energized by New Growth markets; adding 1 million new subscribers every day "

sábado, setiembre 17, 2005

IGN: The Week in Wireless 09.16.05
"September 16, 2005 - Another week of IGN Wireless winds to a close, and if you've spent that last couple days scouring the rest of IGN for Tokyo Game Show news, I understand. (Dude, that Revolution controller is hot.) Now's your chance, though, to catch up on the games that are either available right here, right now -- or will be in the very near future."
Online Casino Reports - To Mobile or not To Mobile at the Online Casino
"Online casino gambling is nothing new, but it has started to jump to new platforms. Mobil online gambling has become a very hot new options for fans of great casino games. You can now download the same great software featuring all the top online casino games for your mobile unit as you would for your home PC. This offers a nice option for gamers on the go who wish to play at online casinos outside of the home. The world is a changing place and keeping up with the latest technology isn�t always easy."
Tokyo Game Show 2005: Massive 3G Mobile Display
"Packed with international game and console makers out to show the press and public just what they can do, the Tokyo Game Show opened yesterday for a three day run at Chiba's Makuhari Messe Convention Center. Eager to showcase their mobile gaming platforms, DoCoMo set up a giant booth splashed in black paint over yellow for a 'street style' look. Multiple mobile play stations circling the entire area had event goers lined up ten deep to try out mobile games like Monster Hunter, Sonic, Gundam, and many more. Everyone who plays a game receives different free collectible badges that fit into a DoCoMo badge folder -- also free -- guaranteeing big crowds here. Last year DoCoMo enjoyed great success with a similar system that handed out collectible cards for each game. "

viernes, setiembre 16, 2005

Brazil Mobile Customers Reach 78.9 Million In Aug, +38% On Year
"SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- Brazilian mobile phone companies added 13.3 million customers in the first eight months of the year, bringing the total subscriber base to 78.9 million, telecommunications regulator Anatel said Thursday. "
Making Mobile Music Work will be a Hard Task
"The large number of stakeholders in the mobile music value chain is the key obstacle in developing a workable business model. 'The addition of mobile operators to the downloadable music value-chain adds a layer of complexity; operators have to be able to successfully navigate this environment or they stand to lose out completely,' comments Pyramid Research senior analyst Nick Holland, author of the new report 'Get on Track with Mobile Music: Exploring Mobile Music Best Practices'."
Using Cellphones To Create Art
"Boffins from MIT have taken anonymous cell phone usage information to create some interesting profiles of cities. Today the experience, infrastructure and morphology of the city are more closely related than ever before. It also provides designers, artists, and theoreticians a new means for engaging and understanding the city. Therefore, forget old ways to describe cities!"
Player X and Frontier go to the movies with Wallace & Gromit
"London and Cambridge, 16th September 2005: London-based mobile games publisher and distributor Player X and leading independent games developer"

jueves, setiembre 15, 2005

GOSUB 60 lays out Sudoku Deluxe
"Santa Monica, CA - September 15th, 2005 - GOSUB 60, creator and global publisher of mobile entertainment, today announced the upcoming release of Sudoku Deluxe(TM): the first wireless Sudoku game to leverage the puzzle's exploding popularity and let players pass on the mania with GS60's proprietary Text-A-Friend feature. "
New data suggests that US mobile games market is frozen solid
"The number of people downloading mobile games in the United States has hovered around 6 million since the end of last year, according to M:Metrics, claiming that investors were being caught flatfooted by the seasonality of mobile game sales."
Net CardFool - new multiplayer game from 'AVACS'
"After productive summer company 'AVACS' released though simple but the most famous Russian card game 'Card Fool' for Java-phones. This game was distributed in Russia since XIX century. Not recognized in the upper crust, it has gained great popularity among common people. Multiplayer implementation from 'AVACS' gives you possibility to play with other players (that are already playing on server) through Internet and get into the 'Top 20' list. The only thing you need is a cell phone with Java and enabled access to Internet. Of course, you can play with phone itself and in '2 players on 1 phone' mode. "
BitFire releases "RollBot: Escape To Freedom" for Serie60, SymbianOS
"BitFire releases 'RollBot: Escape To Freedom' for Serie60, SymbianOS 7.0s/8.0a/8.1a mobile devices."
IGN: SOCOM: US Navy SEALs Mobile Recon Preview
"September 14, 2005 - SOCOM, already a well-proven franchise on the PlayStation 2 (the original game sold over 2.5 million units), is en route to mobile. JAMDAT enlisted the support of developer Ironmonkey Studios to take on this project, completed under the blessing of Sony Computer Entertainment America. The timing of SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs really couldn't be more perfect, as Sony has the third PS2 SOCOM extending its tour of duty next month and the first PSP edition of the game, Fireteam Bravo, coming in November."
IGN: Doom RPG Preview
"September 14, 2005 - Today's handsets are just not equipped to provide a first-person shooter experience -- at least, not one that id Software would feel good putting its name on. And that's why I just finished a play test with DOOM RPG, and not regular DOOM. The mobile landscape sparked the imagination of original creator John Carmack some time ago, excited with the idea of returning to a development atmosphere where concept, not production values, were king."
GAMELION: Gamelion Gets Growth Financing from Magnolia Ventures
"FINLAND - September 13, 2005 Gamelion (, one of the
fastest growing mobile games companies in Scandinavia, announced today
that it has received growth financing from Magnolia Ventures. Gamelion
Inc, formely known as Gamelot, has developed Claw a technology, that
automates publishing of mobile games to different mobile devices."
Indiagames, SingTel join hands for first World Cyber Games
"MUMBAI: Indiagames has entered a partnership with SingTel (Singapore Telecommunications Limited) to launch Asia Pacific's first and largest competition for mobile gamers - World Cyber Games (mobile)."
Verizon Communications launch on-demand gaming services
"First on the list of new services is Verizon Games-on-Demand, which offers a range of titles no longer easily obtainable in stores to be directly downloaded in a similar fashion to existing services provided by Comcast and Yahoo. In what is becoming an increasingly crowded market for on-demand services, Verizon hopes that its uniquely tailored packages will attract new audiences and set them apart from the competition."
CYOP Systems Signs Contract to Develop Multiplayer Casino Gaming Platform
"LAS VEGAS -- Sept. 14, 2005 -- CYOP Systems International Inc. (OTCBB:CYOS), a leading provider of online gaming software and operator of games portals, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Interkod Technologies Inc. to begin developing online casino games."

miércoles, setiembre 14, 2005

X-Stuntman Productions announces the release of the T630 version of "Babu's Booboos"
"X-Stuntman Productions Limited are pleased to announce the release of the T630 version of their game Babu's Booboos. Babu's booboos has been one of the Editor's Choice games on Yahoo! Mobile UK for several weeks and at the time of going to press is the top choice. It is also 4th in the Top Downloads list and is supported by 45 devices."

martes, setiembre 13, 2005

IGN: New Rally-X Review
"September 12, 2005 - Namco has a healthy history it can mine for years for mobile. New Rally-X is a prime example of the kind of arcade classic that works well on mobile. Even if its highly derivative nature (Pac-Man with cars) isn't terribly inspiring, its solid game play mechanics make the move to mobile with decent results."
Radica(R) Games Limited & Inc. Announce Partnership With I-play(TM) to Bring 20Q(TM) to Mobile Phones
"HONG KONG, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Radica(R) Games Limited (Nasdaq: RADA) and Inc. today announced they have negotiated a strategic partnership with I-play(TM), the mobile games company, to bring the popularity of the handheld 20Q(TM) game and its artificial intelligence to mobile phones."
20Q "2004 Game of the Year" nominee to arrive on mobile
"London, UK & San Mateo, CA - 13th September 2005: Mobile users around the world will soon have the chance to have their mind read by the '2004 Game of the Year' nominee, '20Q'. I-play, the mobile games company, today announced that it has secured a strategic partnership with Radica, the manufacturer, and Inc., the IP owner of 20Q, to take the game, which has been a sell out success since its launch in North America in Spring last year, to mobile phones worldwide."
Pixiem Advances Mobile Content Deployment Capabilities with Tira Jump Product Suite
"TORONTO - September 13, 2005 - Tira Wireless, the premier provider of advanced technology for mobile content deployment, today announced that mobile game publisher, Pixiem, has licensed the Tira Jump Product Suite. Pixiem, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Win Win Gaming, Inc. (WNWN.OB), develops, publishes and distributes a full portfolio of mobile applications - including Wimbledon 2005 and other branded extreme sports titles - in the US and International marketplaces."
Cellufun Announces Availability of Beta Version of The Battle for Orion's Belt, a New Space Adventure Game for Mobile Phones
"NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 2005--Cellufun, LLC, a leading provider of real-time multi-player games that can be played on existing, older, and next-generation mobile phones, today announced the availability of the beta version of The Battle for Orion's Belt at "

lunes, setiembre 12, 2005

Townsmen's main character now available as plush toy - get your hands on cult pig Poopsy
"Once again HandyGames(TM)'s cutting the edge: As first mobile game character ever Poopsy, the cute pig of the bestselling Townsmen series is available as plush toy. Thanks to the incredible success of the strategy series Townsmen 1 and 2, Poopsy has reached some sort of cult status worldwide. Townsmen 2 has been awarded by Jamba / Jamster with the 'golden gamer thumb' and received various international prizes."
HandyGames announce "Pirates Ahoy"
"Prove yourself in thrilling naval battles in the Caribbean Sea! Fight for gold, rum and honour being the notorious Beauty Bill or the bold Bonny LaGrace. Sink your opponents' ships with cannonballs or by ramming them till there is nothing left but swimming hullplanks. Collect abandoned treasury chests with various extras but be aware of hidden bombs, unpredictable winds or dangerous swirls. Show your friends that you alone are the real nightmare of the Caribbean!"
Bytelabs Interactive announces "Shipwrecked!" and "Blobob's Puzzle Huzzle"
"Bytelabs Interactive, a developer of high quality unique games, announces the release of two new games, the strategy adventure Shipwrecked! and puzzler Blobob's Puzzle Huzzle. Both available mid September for all popular handsets."
The Game Is On: Verizon Wireless And Gameloft Begin The New Age of Mobile Gaming
"BEDMINSTER, NJ & NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the only coastcoast wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States, and Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, have launched the first real-time multiplayer mobile game on Verizon Wireless' V CAST consumer multimedia service. Available exclusively to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers, Asphalt Urban GT(TM): Multiplayer allows players to simultaneously compete in Gameloft's latest 3D driving game."
S'pore: Where games mean big business
"According to Chan Yeng Kit, CEO of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the global video game industry is projected to grow at 16.5 percent per annum over the next four years. Citing figures from a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), he noted that the Asia-Pacific region is expected to lead the growth in the online and wireless games markets at 45 percent and 48 percent, respectively, by 2009. "

viernes, setiembre 09, 2005

TinySolutions starts the world wide Christmas Rallye
"TinySolutions starts the world wide Christmas Rallye."
WonderPhone announces International mobile licensing agreement with the Crazy Horse
"WonderPhone announced an International mobile licensing agreement with the Crazy Horse - the world famous 'Paris by Night' cabaret - and presents the first products from this collaboration: Crazy Horse Solitaire - a mobile game featuring the sublime dancers from the Crazy Horse; and the Crazy Horse's Mobile Portal - a collection of premium still pictures and video programs that captures the unique sensual and artistic atmosphere of the Crazy Horse cabaret."
Nokia launches annual recognition program for mobile application developer companies
"Nokia announced that it is accepting applications for its Forum Nokia PRO Awards, which will be presented on the eve of the Nokia Mobility Conference (NMC) in Barcelona, November 2-3. All members of Nokia's advanced developer support program, Forum Nokia PRO, are qualified to submit an entry for the awards, which will be presented to developers who exemplify 'best practices' and who have made significant contributions to driving innovation in the mobility industry."
ZapDance releases 'Word candy'
"The leading Norwegian games and content developer ZapDance have developed a java game called Word candy. This Java and MMS game is similar to the popular board game Scrabble, and has in record time been a huge success in Norway, with more than 10 000 downloads in just a couple of months."
IGN: Skipping Stone Review
"September 8, 2005 - If you don't smile while playing Skipping Stone, you must be dead on the inside. I-play has introduced the ultimate casual game for mobile, a simple, one-touch game with accessibility that could (and should) see all ages of mobile gamers happily downloading the game. The concept is deliriously common: Skip a stone across a lake. And you know how you do this? Press a single button, over and over, to an inner rhythm that will keep the stone aloft as long as humanly possible."
1.5 Billion GSM Customers
"3G Americas reports that as of August 2005, there are 1.5 billion GSM customers according to the latest subscriber data from Informa Telecoms & Media. Remarkably, it was just in Q1 2004 that the GSM technology reached the one billion customer milestone and with a robust and unrivaled growth, GSM already totaled 1.46 billion customers worldwide at the end of Q2 2005, passing the 1.5 billion milestone in August."

jueves, setiembre 08, 2005

Superscape Signs Contract with 17th Targeted Network Operator
"SAN CLEMENTE, California, September 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
Superscape Group plc, (LSE: SPS), the world's leading 3D mobile games
publisher, announces today the signing of the company's latest network
operator distribution agreement."
The Game is on: Verizon Wireless and Gameloft Begin the New Age of Mobile Gaming with the Asphalt Urban GT(TM) Real-Time Multiplayer Competition, Exclusively on V Cast from Verizon Wireless
"Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the only coast-coast wide-area wireless broadband network in the United States, and Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, have launched the first real-time multiplayer mobile game on Verizon Wireless' V CAST consumer multimedia service. Available exclusively to Verizon Wireless V CAST customers, Asphalt Urban GT(TM): Multiplayer allows players to simultaneously compete in Gameloft's latest 3D driving game. "
Email, Weather, and Search Top Mobile Internet Use
Telephia has reported that email, weather and search websites are the most popular categories among consumers logging online via their mobile phones. According to Telephia's newly launched Mobile Internet Report, 4.8% of the 191 million U.S. wireless population accessed web email sites in June 2005. Weather-related sites posted a reach of 3.9% of the total wireless audience, while the Search category attracted 2.9%. The Sports category came in at the No. 4 spot, with a total reach of 2.5%, while the News/Politics category attracted 2.1% of wireless consumers logging on via their wireless devices.
China Expected To Issue 3G Licenses Early 2006
SHANGHAI -(Dow Jones)- Telefon AB LM Ericsson (ERICY) expects China to issue third-generation telecommunications licenses early next year, a senior executive at the Swedish telecom equipment maker said Wednesday.
PMGA Mini Golf Launches For Mobile Phones
September 7th - Mobile entertainment publisher Synergenix, Kayak Interactive's European subsidiary today announced the launch of PMGA MiniGolf, a unique new golf game for mobile phones and the first ever to be endorsed by the Professional Miniature Golf Association (PMGA) of the USA.
Vodafone K.K. Unveils 903T and 803T 3G Handsets
ASIA : Vodafone K.K. announced that from early October 2005 it will offer the Vodafone 903T 3G handset by Toshiba, the world’s first*1 mobile handset capable of network-assisted*2 GPS navigation both in Japan and abroad. From mid-October it will also market the Vodafone 803T all-in-one music player 3G handset by Toshiba, which features easy access to music files and background play when using mail or the web.
Ericsson to collaborate on 4G
At the Ericsson Strategy & Technology Summit in Shanghai, Ericsson's
President and CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg said the growing demand for
mobile content and the handset's emerging role as a media channel
will pave the way for a faster deployment of 3G and HSDPA.
50 Million Global 3G Subscriptions
US : Mobile industry association The UMTS Forum affirms that worldwide subscriptions to 3G mobile networks have now passed the 50 million mark, with UMTS/WCDMA subscribers outnumbering those using other 3G technologies by a factor of two.

miércoles, setiembre 07, 2005

KongZhong Signs Japanese Firm To Wireless Game Distribution
"KongZhong (KONG) has signed a deal with Japan's NetVillage to launch wireless games in Japan. "
Revenge is sweet with Devil Darts from Jamster!
"London, 7 September 2005: Jamster! has launched another way to have fun with a mobile phone with its crazy new game - Devil Darts. "
IGN: Lumines and Meteos Mobile!
"September 7, 2005 - The PlayStation Portable puzzler Lumines and the Nintendo DS sensation Meteos are coming to mobile, courtesy of Gameloft. The mobile maker has signed a long-term exclusivity agreement with Q Entertainment, developer of the original titles. Both games were ushered on to their respective portables by famed producer Tetsuya Mizuguchi."
Superscape Group plc Licenses mBooster Optimization Technology From Innaworks Development Limited
"Innaworks Development Limited, the world's leading optimization expert for mobile games and applications, announces today the signing of a technology partnership agreement with Superscape Group plc. The company's automated optimization technology, mBooster, will be utilised by Superscape to produce all new 2D and 3D mobile games for 12 months. "
Nokia launches mobile developer awards
"Nokia PRO Awards to promote exceptional mobile application development"
Mforma Makes Your Football Dreams Come True With Fantasy Football Companion By CBS SPORTSLINE.COM
"September 7, 2005 - MFORMA Group, Inc., the leading global publisher and distributor of mobile entertainment, has released a new version of the hit mobile application that lets users manage their fantasy football teams from their mobile phones in real time. Fantasy Football Companion is produced by MFORMA in partnership with CBS, a leading Internet sports media organization and the world's preeminent provider of online fantasy sports. For this new version of the Fantasy Football Companion, CBS has partnered with the NFL to co-brand the product and make it available to the millions of CBS and fantasy football participants. Essentially a full-featured mobile extension of CBS's and's online fantasy football leagues, Fantasy Football Companion is tightly integrated with the online version and lets subscribers fully manage and manipulate their lineups, including player adds and drops, anytime, anywhere."
JAMDAT Mobile Brings Legendary Quiz Show Bullseye to Mobile Phones
"LOS ANGELES-- Sept. 7, 2005--Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: JMDT) announced today an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Granada Ventures, the merchandise, licensing and publishing division of ITV, and Andrew J. Wood Enterprises, creator of Bullseye, to bring the legendary TV quiz show to mobile phones. Under the agreement, JAMDAT will publish a suite of Bullseye products, including a wireless version of the quiz show, ringtones, images, video clips and screensavers. Bullseye has been on British television for 25 years, and is considered by many to be one of the most iconic shows in the history of British television. "
i-mode Arrives in Israel
"DoCoMo has reported that Cellcom Israel has started marketing DoCoMo's i-mode service in the Israeli market. The service, which is offered over Cellcom's GPRS network, marks the eleventh market for i-mode, following Japan, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Australia."
Telefonica Moviles Had 88.6 Million Subscribers At End Of August
"MADRID -(Dow Jones)- Mobile phone operator Telefonica Moviles SA (TEM) said Tuesday it added 14.2 million new customers in the first eight months of the year, raising its total number of subscribers to 88.6 million at the end of August. "
Top Selling Handsets and PDA's in August
"Krusell, the handset case manufacturer has released its monthly sales figures which give a look at which are the top selling phones - based on presumed purchases of leather cases to protect them. Sony Ericsson K750i is keeping its number one position, this time together with Sony Ericsson's new top seller W800; Krusell designed a custom-made case that perfectly fits both models. - Motorola Razr V3 is currently in third position, the upcoming launch of the 3G version, however, guarantees for another sales success, comments Ulf Sundberg, CEO at Krusell International."

martes, setiembre 06, 2005

KongZhong Corporation Signs Agreements with the Movie 'Myth' and NetVillage
"BEIJING, Sept. 6 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- KongZhong Corporation (Nasdaq: KONG), a leading provider of advanced second-generation (2.5G) wireless value-added services in China, announces agreements with upcoming movie ''Myth'' and NetVillage, a leading wireless content provider in Japan."
iFone Selects End2End to Power B2B and D2C Portals
"iFone, a leading publisher of mobile games with top-selling titles such as Lemmings and Monopoly, and End2End, Europe's leading managed service solution provider for mobile data services and content, today announced that iFone has selected End2End to power its business-2-business (B2B) and direct-to-consumer (D2C) portals."
US Neo Retro Label Makes Mobile Gaming Cheap
"UK, September 6, 2005 -- Mobile games specialist Werd Interactive is set to shake the mobile games industry, today with the launch of the first titles in its new, entry level, casual games brand Neo Retro, which are being sold directly to consumers through the Werd's website for $1.99 each."
Mobile Gaming: First Location Based Games Offered Nationwide in the U.S.
"Carriers are starting to roll out mobile games that change depending on where you are and where you move. In some cases, you actually control your character by moving in the real world. Even if you do not like these specific games, the idea is pretty damn cool. "
Mobile Gaming For The Masses Neo Retro Label Makes Mobile Gaming Cheap Fun and Accessible
"September 5th - Mobile games specialist Werd Interactive is set to shake the mobile games industry, today with the launch of the first titles in its new, entry level, casual games brand Neo Retro, which are being sold directly to consumers through the Werd's website for $1.99 each."
Mobile Game Publisher And Developer Reaxion Closes $2 Million In Series A Financing
"SEATTLE, WA - September 2, 2005 - Reaxion Corporation, a market-leading publisher and developer of mobile games, today announced it has closed two million dollars in Series A financing with i-Hatch Ventures, a $100M early stage venture fund which specializes in the mobile data services industry."
Boost Mobile(R) Introduces Two Feature-Packed Motorola Phones
"IRVINE, Calif. -- Sept. 6, 2005 -- Boost Mobile(R), a lifestyle-based telecommunications brand that develops and distributes wireless communications products for the youth market, is bringing high quality and affordability together with today's launch of the Motorola i415 and i450 handsets. Both phones come equipped with large color screens (130 x 130), Java(R)-enabled games and applications, picture viewer, Boost(TM) Multi-Media Messaging, Text Messaging, and Wireless Web, polyphonic and voice ringtones, and GPS functionality - all at a price under $100. "
Towards Mobile Broadband and Personal Internet
"US : A new white paper from the UMTS Forum offers an overview on launches of 3G/UMTS networks, terminals and services. The paper also examines the technology roadmap for 3G/UMTS and its relevance in the context of future mobile systems."
Lead in Open Personal Mobile TV Era
"ASIA : Today's mobile phone is far from merely a phone, also acting as a camera and mp3 player. The mobile phone is evolving into an all-in-one multimedia device, finally merging with TV. Now, mobile users can enjoy watching soap operas or soccer matches anywhere, anytime. And LG Electronics (LG) is the pioneer making mobile TV a reality."

lunes, setiembre 05, 2005

Media Lead Distribution Reaches Over 110 Channels
"Media Lead reached a landmark of distributing to over 110 channels worldwide (of which over half are active channels), including regions of North America, Asia, and Europe. Chris Beer, Media Lead's president of publishing, says that 'porting has become the most important issue. As evidence, developers who cooperate with us can see results of over 10,000 downloads per month.' Porting in the mobile phone industry involves reengineering game files to the hundreds of different phones used by different cell phone users."
Maniacs Of Noise deliver dedicated soundtrack for upcoming mobile 3D-racer by IN-FUSIO
"IN-FUSIO, the international publisher of mobile games and manager of player communities, announced a cooperation with the music-group, 'Maniacs Of Noise'. The famous musicians, who have been delivering breathtaking tunes for videogames since the days of the mighty C-64, will compose five exclusive electronica-tracks that will appear in IN-FUSIO's upcoming 3D-racing-game, 'Red Out Racer', that will be available this autumn."
plan_b media releases 'SUDOKU - classical edition'
"A real mind sharpener for all ages! The Japanese logic game began appearing widely in newspapers and have become the morning brain breakfast for millions. Join the hype! Sudoku's just logical and involves no math. The objective is to fill a grid of 81 boxes, divided into nine three-by-three suqares, so that every row, column and square contains the digits 1 through 9. It's fun. It's challenging. It's addictive!"
Tendbeyond Software releases 'Elfin Forest'
"Tendbeyond Software, a new and creative wireless game developer has released a skillful new Symbian game Elfin Forest for mobile phones. Mobile phone owners worldwide will be able to download and enjoy this classic game. Game uses only one key to control. It spent only two weeks to finishing the development of this game by using X-factory game engine, which was developed by Tendbeyond Software itself. The X-Factory engine can help developers save much time of the development and provide high quality of various visual effects."
Giant Entertainment and Kiloo sign agreement to bring LEGO(TM) to mobile phones
"Giant Entertainment, a leading publisher specializing in computer and video games for young gamers and their families, and Kiloo, a developer and publisher of high quality mobile phone games announced an agreement to bring LEGO branded products to mobile phones. "
Fathammer Provides 3D Mobile Games for KTF in Korea
"Fathammer, a leading publisher and developer of advanced 3D mobile game technologies and games, has announced an agreement to deliver five advanced 3D mobile games for KTF, South Korea's major mobile phone operator. Games will be available for gamers at KTF's game portal 'GPANG'. "
Indiagames Selects Terraplay MOVE Platform for Connected Gaming
"STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 5, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Mumbai-based mobile games publisher Indiagames has selected Swedish middleware provider Terraplay to supply server solutions for its offering of connected and multiplayer gaming. Indiagames will launch several connected and multiplayer games later this year using the recently launched MOVE 3.0 platform from Terraplay. MOVE 3.0 will allow Indiagames to use features such as in-game community with gamer tags, high score, tournaments, matchmaking, game rooms; turn-based and real time multiplayer, and in-game content download. "
Mobile Gaming For The Masses
"September 5th. Mobile games specialist Werd Interactive is set to shake the mobile games industry, today with the launch of the first titles in its new, entry level, casual games brand Neo Retro, which are being sold directly to consumers through the Werd's website for $1.99 each."
Eurogamer Network launches
"Eurogamer Network, publisher of and the UK's most popular games editorial website,, has launched a new website dedicated to the mobile games industry,"
Nintendo Announces 'Nintendo Mobile' Cellphone Deal
"A report on the Nikkei Japan financial website has revealed that Nintendo has licensed its properties for use as mobile phone content, beginning with sound and graphics related to the Super Mario series, alongside information on forthcoming Nintendo games."
Batovi Games Studio's web site is online again
Thanks a lot to the people of direcNic for the fast recovery.

El sitio web de Batovi Games Studio está online nuevamente. Muchas gracias a la gente de directNic por su servicio.
Hoy comienzan dos cursos de programación de Juegos en Universidad ORT del Uruguay
En la Universidad ORT del Uruguay comienzan hoy dos cursos de actualización profesional (4 meses) en áreas aplicadas a videojuegos. El curso de J2ME lo dicta Fernando Sansberro, fundador de Batovi Games Studio.

Programación de Videojuegos 3D (4 meses)
El curso capacita al alumno en la creación de juegos 3D utilizando el motor de juegos Blitz3D y lo introduce en el aprendizaje del modelado de escenarios y personajes 3D. Le permite crear una aplicación desde la concepción del juego y sus personajes, hasta la programación de la acción. Introduce en las técnicas de diseño de personajes y escenarios. Realiza la integración de los recursos visuales creados mediante la herramienta logrando un producto que puede ser utilizado en forma autónoma en plataformas PC.
Comienzo: 5 de setiembre.
Costo: 4 cuotas de $ 3.160.

Programación de Celulares con J2ME (4 meses)
El curso permite al alumno desarrollar aplicaciones J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition) para celulares aptos para esta tecnología. Permite crear contenidos partiendo del desarrollo de un juego, de modo de explorar y explotar las capacidades y evaluar las restricciones de los teléfonos celulares. Utiliza los celulares como terminales de trabajo y juego, en un mercado en expansión con una muy elevada demanda y poca oferta nacional e internacional.
Comienzo: 5 de setiembre.
Costo: 4 cuotas de $ 3.160.

viernes, setiembre 02, 2005

Batovi Games Studio's site is temporarily down
The Batovi's web page ( is temporarily down due to the fact that the servers are located in New Orleans, which was recently devastated by hurricane Katrina. The blog is working normally, but it looks different because of this problem. Thanks for your patience.

El sitio de Batovi ( se encuentra temporalmente fuera de servicio debido a que los servidores de la empresa de hosting se encuentran ubicados en New Orleans que fue recientemente devastada por el huracán Katrina. El blog funciona normalmente pero luce diferente a causa de este problema. Gracias por su paciencia.
IGN: This Week in Wireless 09.02.05
"Which games should you buy? And which should you be saving up for? Revs and prevs!"
Venture Capital: Seattle is a hot spot for wireless gaming
"Reaxion Corp. started developing games for cell phones four years ago at a time when the mobile entertainment industry was in its infancy. It was a smart bet for the Seattle maker of Minigolf, Pro Curling, Fight Hard 3D and about 15 other mobile games."
PlayFon Collects 2000 Best Mobile Games
"PlayFon, a leading international provider of wireless entertainment announced reaching 2000-game mark. It is by far the largest collection of mobile games in Russia. Constant inflow of new games from best world developers and publishers allows PlayFon to retain a leading position in the Russian market of wireless applications."
Colombia's Comcel Obtains $100 Million Loan, Extends Other Loan
"BOGOTA -(Dow Jones)- Colombia's Comunicacion Celular, or Comcel, said it had obtained a $100 million revolving loan from ING Bank N.V.(INK.YY) to upgrade technology and to substitute debt. "
Qualcomm Improves 3G Sound Quality
"Qualcomm says that it has integrated sound enhancement technology onto the Company's Mobile Station Modem chipsets. Designed to improve the acoustic performance of 3G mobile handsets and improve the clarity of conference and hands-free calls, the echo-canceling technology is enabled by LifeVibes Voice software from Royal Philips Electronics."
Mobile Game Publisher And Developer Reaxion Closes $2 Million in Series a Financing
"SEATTLE, WA - September 2, 2005 - Reaxion Corporation, a market-leading publisher and developer of mobile games, today announced it has closed two million dollars in Series A financing with i-Hatch Ventures, a $100M early stage venture fund which specializes in the mobile data services industry. "

jueves, setiembre 01, 2005

Funmobile releases 'SIM Town'
"Funmobile, a leading mobile entertainment developer and messaging service provider announced the release of 'SIM Town'. The urge to complain and whine about some in-town infrastructure seems irresistible. Feeling small and helpless, we wonder about the meaning of our being. 'SIM Town' is the chance to play architect and act governor. From construction of entertainment arcades to hygiene regulations, your say makes huge differences."
2006 SI Sports Trivia comes to a Phone near you
"I-play, the mobile games company, and SI Mobile, part of Sports Illustrated(TM), one of the world's most recognized media and sports entertainment brands, announced the launch of 2006 SI(TM) Sports Trivia for mobile phones. The game is now available through all major carriers and online portals across North America."
IGN: Massive Snowboarding Preview
"August 31, 2005 - Gameloft has enjoyed quite a stretch of success with genre work, such as puzzle games, baseball, and dating sims. Now the mobile maker is setting its sights on the icy sport of snowboarding, an extreme rush that's sure to enjoy heightened exposure this year due to the upcoming Winter Games. Massive Snowboarding is a 3D game for enabled handsets, featuring no fewer than four mountains to shred. These mountains sport a total of eight tracks, full of ramps, half-pipes, and rails." - 1st 3D title from I-play launches
"London, UK & San Mateo, CA- 31st August 2005: I-play, the mobile games company, today announced the launch of its first ever-3D title, Major Carnage. Developed by Ditto Studios, the mobile games porting specialist and developer that I-play recently acquired, Major Carnage launches on a wide range of handsets with 3D capabilities across European and North American wireless networks."
Konami crosses road to mobile via 'Frogger'
"Konami Digital Entertainment is leaping into the North American mobile phone gaming market, starting with 'Frogger.' The classic arcade game is just one of the company's projects to maximize the value of its titles, which include such consistently successful franchises as 'Metal Gear Solid,' 'Silent Hill' and 'Castlevania.'"
Guatemala Gets 3G
"Telefonica Moviles has launched its 3G mobile broadband services in Guatemala using CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology from Nortel. Telefonica Moviles Guatemala selected Nortel in May 2005 as the sole supplier of its advanced wireless broadband network in Guatemala."
Detailed Report in Australian Mobile Phone Use
"The first inaugural mobile content research has been launched to provide insight into the profile, behaviour and preferences of the Australian mobile phone user. The Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index, sponsored by m.Net Corporation, is the first Australia-wide study into the mobile phone users and will be published twice a year to highlight changing trends. The study was undertaken by the Mobile Content Industry Development Group (MCIDG), an industry group established by the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA), m.Net Corporation and Ideal Interfaces."
JAMDAT Mobile Launches Tetris in South America
"LOS ANGELES--Sept. 1, 2005-- Global wireless entertainment publisher JAMDAT Mobile Inc. (NASDAQ: JMDT) announced today the launch of Tetris(R) in Brazil, marking the first time that the wireless version of the international hit is available in South America. JAMDAT's version of the classic puzzle game is available today on VIVO, the largest wireless carrier in South America. "
Gamasutra - Feature - "GDC Europe Mobile: Case Study: Designing Games For 3G Networks"
"As part of the GDCE Mobile lecture series on the first day of Game Developers Conference Europe for 2005, Matt Bellows, former founder of the CNet-acquired Wireless Gaming Review and now responsible for operations, sales and marketing at Boston-based mobile developer Floodgate Entertainment, presented a fascinating lecture on the higher-bandwidth 3G phone networks, and their potential for creating complex, near-console quality games."