sábado, setiembre 30, 2006

Price Is Right For Students to Play New Mobile Games: Free on GameJump.com
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Students returning back-to-school this fall can take a study break with free entertainment on their mobile phones by choosing from GameJump.com’s collection of 150 free games. Pirates Smash Down, World Soccer 2006 and Oriental Vegas Jackpot are among the new Ozura Mobile games now offered at GameJump.com. Ozura Mobile is providing a total of 13 action pack adventure games, fun puzzle games and complex role playing games featuring quality visuals and creative game play to enhance the mobile gaming experience.

viernes, setiembre 29, 2006

Gameloft Presents a Star-Studded Lineup of 17 Titles for the Fourth Quarter of 2006
PARIS, September 28 - Twenty-five Gameloft Titles Each Surpass the Million Unit Mark in Sales Gameloft®, a leading publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones, announces the release of 17 new games for the fourth quarter of 2006, which will raise the total number of titles released this year to 44.

jueves, setiembre 28, 2006

Industry Leaders Join Mobile Initiative
A number of companies in the wireless and mobile gaming space have joined Open Mobile Alliance's (OMA) continuing advancement to create a mobile game standard. With platform fragmentation jarring the development of wireless games, an initiative has been set in place to streamline the process of developing and delivering games for a range of mobile environments.
News Article: Namco Bandai Ships Mage Knight: Destiny's Soldier
LONDON, Ontario, (September 26, 2006) – Big Blue Bubble, a leading developer of handheld and wireless games, is pleased to announce that Mage Knight: Destiny’s Soldier™ for the Nintendo DS™ is now available nationwide.
More Mobile Content Consolidation
The USA based mobile content distributor, Digital Orchid says that it has brought Blue Tech, a European developer and distributor of branded mobile games and wireless applications. The acquisition provides Digital Orchid with Java and gaming application technology as well as an extensive line of popular games for carrier distribution. Digital Orchid's current wireless line-up includes real-time mobile applications, wallpapers, gaming, ringtones, WAP services, SMS services, and other content from more than 65 worldwide brands.
Crazy Frog Deals With Mickey Mouse
Crazy Frog creator, Jamster has secured a North American mobile content distribution deal with the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG). Under the terms of the deal, Jamster customers in the United States and Canada will have access to content from WDIG's publishing labels mDisney, creator of Disney-themed mobile content, and Starwave Mobile, the company's third-party mobile content licensing and publishing arm.
3G Nokia N70, Nokia N73 and Nokia N91 8GB Offer Ultimate Mobile Music Experiences
Europe : Nokia unveiled music editions of three Nokia Nseries multimedia computers, the Nokia N70 Music Edition, Nokia N73 Music Edition and Nokia N91 8GB. The Nokia Nseries Music Range combines sleek black design with heightened mobile music experiences appealing to the music enthusiast in everyone. Key benefits include dedicated music access keys, Nokia PC Suite and new software for easy synchronization and music management, and additional storage capacity - with an 8GB hard drive, the Nokia N91 8GB is a fully-loaded music machine!

miércoles, setiembre 27, 2006

Can mobile players mobilize gaming?
Generally we avoid techie talk on Pocket Gamer. It's games that most gamers care about, not the technology behind them. But just as we recently gave you a beginner's guide to the various different mobile platforms such as Java and BREW, we think it's worth checking in now and then on how companies are trying to make mobile gaming less painful – such as the latest news about the Open Gaming Specification, which has just announced support from the likes of Nokia and Square-Enix.
ALONG Mobile and One of Its Top Producing Games Win Awards from the 4th Annual China Digital Entertainment Conference
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ALONG Mobile Technologies Inc. (OTC:AGMB), a leading provider of wireless interactive entertainment products and services in China, today announced that its mobile phone game, “Infinite Exploration” as well as the company itself received the awards for "Best Mobile Game Provider" and "Best Mobile Game" respectively. The Awards ceremony gathered providers of various popular online games, PC games and mobile games. The voters for these awards were chosen from actual game players.
Nokia N73 3G Phone Review
Nokia tries a lot of variety with its handset design, and in some cases pushes at the outer edges of what we might think of as a mobile phone. The company also, though, works with the more traditional approach, and the N73 is in many ways a welcome breath of candybar fresh air in an arena awash with twisty clam shell N93-a-likes.
New 3G Nokia N75 Nseries Multimedia Computer
Europe : Nokia introduced the Nokia N75, its smallest multimedia computer, offering digital music playback, quality photography, telephony and rich internet communication. The Nokia N75 provides a complete multimedia experience in a thin and elegant clamshell, while utilizing Nokia's renowned ease of use.
Movilnet adds Moto Q smartphone to portfolio
Venezuelan mobile operator Movilnet, a unit of incumbent fixed line operator Cantv, has added Motorola's Moto Q smartphone to its product line, the company said in a statement.
Movilnet adds Moto Q smartphone to portfolio
Venezuelan mobile operator Movilnet, a unit of incumbent fixed line operator Cantv, has added Motorola's Moto Q smartphone to its product line, the company said in a statement.
Industry Leaders Join Forces to Mobilize Gaming for the Masses
Leading companies in the wireless and mobile gaming value chain have joined forces with the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) to further define and support an open gaming specification for mobile phone games. Platform fragmentation is a barrier to fully realizing gaming's potential in the wireless marketplace, and OMA's ongoing commitment to interoperability made the organization a solid venue around which these players could coalesce.
Nokia Shows GPS Enabled Handset
Nokia today introduced the Nokia N95, an all-in-one phone multimedia computer with a pioneering 2-way slide concept, integrated GPS functionality, a 5 megapixel camera and support for high-speed mobile networks. The innovative 2-way slide concept makes it easy to switch between different modes, going from reading maps to watching a video with a simple slide. A numeric keypad slides out from one end of the device while dedicated media keys slide out from the opposite direction, converting the display into full screen landscape mode.

lunes, setiembre 25, 2006

Frogger Mobile Games Exceed $10 Million In The US
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. has announced the three Frogger mobile games, Frogger, Frogger Puzzle, and Frogger for Prizes have exceeded $10 million in gross sales to date. In celebration of Frogger's 25th anniversary, Konami will launch Frogger 25th Evolution this fall.
EA sells a million The Sims 2 games on mobile in Europe
You may believe that mobile games are a quirky, underground pursuit – we certainly like to don our revolutionary bandanas and strike Che Guevara poses on occasion.
Saints Row mobile developer's big ideas
With Saints Row riding high in the console game charts, the speedy arrival of the mobile version (which we've already reviewed on Pocket Gamer) is surely the shape of things to come – that is, simultaneous release of conventional games and their mobile cousins. Matthew Magee, co-founder of developer Mnemonic Studios and lead gameplay programmer for Saints Row, told us more.
Top 10 mobile games for July 2006
It's late September, so it must be time for the July mobile charts. And the most exciting development since last month's charts (that is, the charts for June) is that in a victory for the little guy, the game's developer is now being listed along with the publisher.
ozura mobile Partners with indiagames for Global Distribution of Games
Singapore, September 21: Ozura Mobile, a leading international developer and publisher of mobile games and wireless entertainment continues to strengthen its presence in the Indian market by announcing its partnership with India’s leading mobile content publisher, Indiagames Ltd.
Sony Ericsson Releases Mobile JUnit Application Testing Framework for Java(TM) ME
ME Stockholm, September 25, 2006 - Sony Ericsson Developer World today announced the release of a new, best practice framework for improving application quality on Java(TM) Platform Micro Edition (Java ME). Sony Ericsson Mobile JUnit 1.0 for Java ME Connected-Limited-Device-Configuration (CLDC) phones offers professional wireless developers easy-to-use, automated testing of mobile applications. The announcement underscores the commitment of Sony Ericsson Developer World to help developers achieve business success by providing assistance throughout the entire development and go-to-market process for commercial applications.
Global Mobile Revenues Exceed US$667 billion
Mobile global subscribers have grown at a 15% CAGR clip and global mobile revenues have seen a similar 18% CAGR, exceeding US$667bn says Pyramid Research in its latest Analyst Insight. "The global mobile market grew at an impressive pace between 2001-2006," says Derek Medlin, author of the Insight.
Family Guy Goes International on Mobile
London, England - Fox Mobile Entertainment, Airborne Entertainment and Netherlands-based mobile entertainment and solutions provider Mowave have teamed up to bring Fox’s international hit animated series Family Guy to mobile operators across a range of countries outside of North America.

viernes, setiembre 22, 2006

NBC Universal and I-play Bring The Office to Mobile
Los Angeles, CA & San Mateo, CA – September 21, 2006 – NBC Universal and I-play, the mobile entertainment company, today announced a new on demand video offering that brings the most memorable scenes from the Emmy Award winning comedy series, The Office, to mobile. Through a groundbreaking license agreement with Universal Mobile Entertainment, I-play and Universal will unveil the first prime time content from NBC Universal’s extensive television series catalog. The most memorable clips from The Office will be available in North America later this year. The Office Season 3 makes its premiere on NBC September 21, 2006 at 8:30pm ET.

miércoles, setiembre 20, 2006

OPLAYO: Oplayo Launches into Games, Ringtones and Wall-Papers
Oplayo today announced that it is continuing to expand it’s market reach
by adding mobile games, ring-tones & wallpapers to it’s already
successful mobile video business. Utilizing their OMMS (Oplayo Managed
Media Service) hosting platform Oplayo will soon be able to offer a
complete One Stop Mobile Content Solution Shop to it’s existing direct
relationships and new clients. From launch Oplayo will have access to
over 500 java & symbian games, over 5,000 wallpapers & 3,000 ringtones.

sábado, setiembre 16, 2006

I-play lives for the moments
I-play has made its first big move outside the mobile gaming space, creating the Mobile Moments channel with Universal Studios.
Activision and InfoSpace partner for mobile games
Tony Hawk and Gun to appear on phone handsets. Activision has inked a deal with InfoSpace allowing the mobile firm to develop titles based on its Tony Hawk and Gun franchises.
Nephin Games Partners With Nanmade Entertainment to Provide Integrated Mobile Comedy Episodes and Coordinating Mobile Video Games to Brand Managers
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- CTIA WIRELESS 2006 -- Nephin
Games, a world leading developer of community based mobile games based in
Galway Ireland, today announced a partnership agreement with Nanmade
Entertainment, a leading provider of mobile comedy entertainment, to
provide an integrated coordinating marketing solution to brand managers.
This unique association provides a single entity for marketing across the
multiple platforms that deliver entertainment and interactive services to
the mobile user community.
Electronic Arts to Provide Mobile Games for Nokia Cell Phones
The world’s top video game publisher, Electronic Arts, has landed a deal to offer mobile video games on a broad range of current and next generation Nokia cell phones.

viernes, setiembre 15, 2006

RealNetworks Buys WiderThan
RealNetworks has announced that it is buying the mobile entertainment services group, WiderThan for approximately $350 million. WiderThan is a provider of ringback tones, music-on-demand and other mobile entertainment services to more than 50 wireless carriers in more than 25 countries including leading carriers such as SK Telecom in South Korea, Verizon Wireless in the USA, and Bharti Airtel in India.
The New Generation of Mobile Operating Systems
Much has changed in the world of handset operating systems since 2003. The mobile software market has grown into a landscape of hundreds of vendors, where understanding the roles, functionality, lines of partnership and competition across OS products can be a complex endeavour. In a recently published whitepaper, London-based research and consulting firm, ARCchart, sheds light on the new paradigm which now exists in the evolved handset OS market.
TELUS Chooses Handango as Mobile Application Provider for Data Devices
Los Angeles, Calif. (CTIA Booth #609)-- Handango, the leading provider of mobile content, today announced that TELUS has chosen the Handango InHand(TM) platform to provide its clients with content for wireless PDAs and smartphones. As the world's leading on-device client, InHand provides TELUS subscribers with access to the best of Handango's extensive catalog of applications.

miércoles, setiembre 13, 2006

Vivendi acquires mobile games developer
Vivendi Games has announced the acquisition of mobile games developer Centerscore in a deal which covers the studio's back catalogue as well as titles currently in development.
EA, PopCap, Namco to provide content
Downloadable directly through the iTunes store, titles will cost US$ 4.99 (4 euros) and be playable on fifth generation iPods. The full list of titles includes familiar names, with Pac-Man, Tetris, Mahjong, Bejeweled, Zuma, Cubis 2, Texas Hold 'em, Mini Golf and Vortex all now available.
Consumers Still in the Dark About Mobile Games
The mobile games developer, Glu Mobile has published the results of research conducted in conjunction with U30 Group. Glu's research indicates that a lack of collective knowledge about mobile games has caused consumers to fixate on the limitations of the mobile phone as a gaming device instead of on the convenience and affordability that mobile games offer. The research also found that consumers are unaware of the variety and quality of mobile games available today, do not know where to go to find information about the games, and therefore have low expectations for the mobile gaming experience.
Classic 1980s Computer Game - Popular on Mobiles
Konami Digital Entertainment has announced the three Frogger mobile phone games, Frogger, Frogger Puzzle, and Frogger for Prizes have exceeded US$10 million in gross sales to date. In celebration of Frogger's 25th anniversary, Konami will launch Frogger 25th Evolution this fall.
mSpot Extends Mobile Entertainment Platform to Support QUALCOMM's BREW Solution
PALO ALTO, Calif.-- mSpot Inc., a pioneer in multimedia mobile entertainment, today announced that it has extended its next-generation mobile entertainment platform to QUALCOMM's BREW® solution. mSpot will be demonstrating the platform in QUALCOMM's booth (#546) at CTIA Wireless I.T.(TM) & Entertainment, September 12-14, 2006 in Los Angeles.
Artificial Life Adds 3D Interactive Games to Greystripe’s GameJump.com Portal
(LOS ANGELES @ CTIA WIRELESS TRADE SHOW) — Greystripe, the first mobile in-game advertising network and creator of GameJump.com, the world’s biggest free, ad-supported mobile game portal, announced that it has inked a business partnership with Artificial Life, Inc., an award-winning game developer that has introduced innovative 3D interactivity to mobile handsets.
Samsung plans to invest US$20mn in the next 2 years
The Argentine unit of Korean hardware manufacturer Samsung plans to invest US$20mn in the next two years in a move to become leader in the mobile phone handset market, newspaper Infobae reported the company as saying.

domingo, setiembre 10, 2006

FX Network Uses Cascada to Power Mobile Content Portal
TORONTO — September 6, 2006 — Cascada Mobile today announced that FX is using the Cascada TAG referral distribution solution and mobile content portal as the primary technology drivers behind its mobile marketing initiatives for its new television season. Branded as the FX Mobile Portal, this unique mobile application, developed by Cascada Mobile in partnership with Konami Digital Entertainment, is designed to boost awareness of FX’s series by providing viewers with access to the latest show information, cast details, summaries, images and downloadable, programming-related mobile content—all from the convenience of a mobile phone.
Cashing in on Casual Gamers
Shockwave and Big Fish Games announce new offerings.
CORRECTING and REPLACING NeoMedia's qode to Provide Direct Connection to Cellufun's Mobile Games
NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: NEOM), an innovator in wireless services and patented technologies that provide automatic links to content on the Mobile Internet, and Cellufun, a leading provider of real-time multi-player games that can be played on existing and next-generation Web-enabled mobile phones, today announced that they have signed a term sheet for NeoMedia to provide its patented qode(R) technology to link consumers to Cellufun's (www.cellufun.com) Mobile Game portfolio.
Nokia N93 3G Phone Review
Sometimes it is difficult not to think Nokia does things just because it can and to show off, rather than because it thinks there is a market out there ready to bite its hand off to get at the goodies being offered. Take the N93 for example. It shoots video. Now many handsets can stake the same claim, but not in anywhere near the same way as the N93.
CellCity Teams with Game Developer Ozura, Content Aggregator WooWorld
The CellCity, the Mobile MegaStore, has entered into an agreement with Ozura Mobile, a developer and publisher of mobile games as well as wireless entertainment. The company has also partnered with WooWorld Pte. Ltd., a mobile and online entertainment content aggregator.
2.5 Billion Mobile Phones In Use
Sometime yesterday, the total number of cellular connections in the world reached 2.5 billion, having passed through the 2 billion mark just 12 months ago, according to estimates from Wireless Intelligence - a venture between Ovum and the GSM Association.
Nokia is Catching up on Sony Ericsson
The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, has released their "Top 10" list for August 2006. The list is based upon the number of pieces of model specific mobile and smart phone cases that have been ordered from Krusell during August 2006. Krusell's list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of phones on six continents and in more than 50 countries around the globe.
Penthouse Inks Exclusive Multi-Year Deal With WAAT Media For Mobile Content Distribution
(Los Angeles, CA – September 7, 2006) WAAT Media™ (Booth # 1131), the global leader in late night mobile entertainment, has signed a multi-year, exclusive agreement with Penthouse Media Group Inc. (PMGI), to distribute Penthouse content throughout North America, Latin America and Europe. Propositions will include editorial, photos, images, games, audio and video clips from the Penthouse library including Penthouse Forum and Penthouse Letters; as well as new programming designed specifically and exclusively for mobile distribution.
Only 15% of mobile phones sold are new handsets
New handsets account for only 15% of total mobile handset sales in the Peruvian market, local paper Gestión reported Nextel's commercial operations VP Luis Deza as saying.
Greystripe Partners With Alten8, Bringing 38 Classic Mobile Games to Entertainment Portal GameJump.com in Biggest Mobile In-Game Advertising Deal to Date
Greystripe, the first mobile in-game advertising network and creator of GameJump.com, the world's largest free, ad-supported mobile game portal, announced its largest content deal to date -- with game publisher Alten8. The deal brings 38 classic games to GameJump.com, raising its total to over 100 and counting.
Get free games for your mobile phone
Yep, it's true. You can download free game files for your phone from a website called GetJar. For instance, here is a list of strategy game files for the Nokia Series 60.
Navio's Rights-Based Commerce Solutions Enable Shockwave.com to be a One-Stop Shop for Today's Hottest Mobile Games
CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Navio Systems, Inc. ( http://www.navio.com/ ), the leading provider of rights-based commerce, today announced that its technology is powering Shockwave.com's(TM) new online consumer storefront for mobile games. Shockwave.com offers a broad selection of popular online and downloadable games to more than 15 million people each month. Now with Navio's technology, Shockwave.com will expand its offering to mobile devices, and offer consumers complete access to the rights associated with the mobile games they purchase. The launch of Shockwave.com's mobile games portal is currently in beta.

lunes, setiembre 04, 2006

Major labels embrace mobile technology
The music industry, searching for ever-expanding ways to promote acts and generate new revenue streams, is getting increasingly creative in its use of mobile technology. With ringtones now a well-established product, record labels are turning to mobile games and video.
Superscape Mobile Games Rolls Out on the AMP'd Mobile Network
SAN CLEMENTE, California, September 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Superscape Group plc (LSE:SPS - News) announces that six of ifs 3D mobile games titles are now available for download from the youth-oriented Amp'd Mobile network.

viernes, setiembre 01, 2006

MIA Launches Worlds First Fully Made-for-Mobile Glamour Portal ‘Girl Mobile’
1st September 2006: MIA, the global mobile technology and content services innovator, today announces the launch of Girl Mobile, the world’s first mobile portal service to showcase exclusive content of the UK’s most photographed babes, filmed exclusively for mobile.
Ozura Mobile Chosen as Excite Japan's First International Distribution Partner
Ozura Mobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nextnation Communication and a leading international publisher and developer of mobile entertainment, today announced that it has been chosen as Excite Japan's first international mobile game distribution partner.
Sun TV Shop to buy Upstart Games
LONDON (AFX) - Aim-listed Sun TV Shop PLC said it has signed an agreement to buy Upstart Games Ltd, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games.