viernes, febrero 23, 2007

Monstermob takeover approved
Monstermob shareholders this morning voted in favour of Zed's proposal to take a 52 per cent stake in the company.
LemonQuest to launch mobile games based on football star Ronaldinho
LemonQuest, a Spanish publisher of mobile games, is to launch Ronaldinho Gaucho Street Soccer for mobile phones.
International Mobile Gaming Awards Presented
The prestigious International Mobile Gaming Awards have been presented. Six winners were chosen out of a total of 26 nominees from a number of countries.
Airborne Entertainment Launches New Mobile Version of Ishido
Airborne Entertainment Inc. announced today an exclusive deal with MauiGames Studio to launch the mobile equivalent of the widely popular PC game Ishido throughout North America. With the original PC Game hailed by MacUser Magazine as “stunning,” “flawless,” and “…a mesmerizing game that will keep you spellbound,” the mobile version of Ishido™ is expected to be a hit in the popular casual puzzle mobile games category as it launches across major carriers in the U.S., including Cingular and T-Mobile.

jueves, febrero 22, 2007

ProGames Network Announces Games on Demand Channel with Player Feedback
BETHESDA, Md., -- ProGames Network, a subsidiary of broadband telecommunications services company MobilePro Corp., has announced it has released a new premier channel with four exclusive mobile games, including Jurassic Park and Scorpion King. The company's new Games on Demand Channel, also released today, highlights 250 games available for purchase and download. ProGames Network customers may now post their own game reviews on the site as part of the new release.
New casual games studio launches
Veteran games designer Rick Marazzani has opened a new development studio in San Francisco which will produce games for web, mobile and PC.
Nokia Launches Fashion Handset
Nokia has tapped the fashion designer Giambattista Valli to design a special edition case for the Nokia 7373 handset. The Nokia 7373 Special Edition comes in two contemporary colors, both paired with signature Giambattista Valli phone accessories.

miércoles, febrero 21, 2007

Go Big, Get Published -- Motorola Announces the MOTODEV Game Developer Challenge
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – 20 February 2007 – Motorola today announced the launch of the MOTODEV Game Developer Challenge, a competition that will reward two talented MOTODEV developers with the rare opportunity to have their winning applications published by mobile entertainment company and contest title sponsor, I-play.
Sony Ericsson W710i Phone Review (not 3G)
According to recent reports we’re a nation of fatties. So what better companion on your quest to fight the flab than the new fitness-fanatic Sony Ericsson W710i Walkman phone? This compact Symbian smartphone is a lot tougher than the W710i and more comprehensive with its fitness apps. Its text-to-speech capabilities can update you with your progress and read text messages while exercising.
Vivendi acquires Wanako Games
Vivendi Games has acquired Wanako Games, the largest game development studio in Latin America. Wanako recently developed Assault Heroes for Xbox Live Arcade, and the two companies now intend to develop further titles for the console download market.
In Style and LimeLife Partner to Launch In Style Mobile
NEW YORK, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- In Style, the celebrity, lifestyle
and fashion brand, and LimeLife, the leading publisher of mobile content
for women, today announce the launch of In Style Mobile. Now style-savvy
women can get the latest fashion trends, beauty tips and celebrity style
inspirations through daily photos from the leading style authority wherever
they are, via their mobile phone. In Style Mobile delivers an innovative,
multimedia extension of the In Style brand directly to the cell phone,
making it the ideal shopping companion for women on the go. The mobile
application was created specifically for In Style by LimeLife Inc., the
only publisher of wireless content focused exclusively on the women's
Glu's Stranded Wins 'Most Innovative Mobile Game' at Gameshadow Innovation Awards 2006
SAN MATEO, Calif. & LONDON-(Business Wire)-February 20, 2007 - Glu Mobile, a leading global publisher of mobile games, today announced its original title, Stranded, has won the Most Innovative Mobile Game Award at Gameshadow Innovation Awards 2006. Stranded was chosen as the winner from eight mobile games nominated and was recognized as the "most enjoyable and innovative mobile game of the last 18 months" according to Gameshadow's judges.
eWorld Interactive, Inc. (OTCBB: EWIN) Set to Acquire Mojo Mediaworks to Bring Leading Content to the People's Republic of China
SHANGHAI, CHINA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 -- eWorld Interactive, Inc. (the "Company", "eWorld") (OTCBB: EWIN) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire Mojo Mediaworks Limited ("Mojo") and its subsidiaries. Mojo Mediaworks Limited, currently operates in the USA, China and Philippines, engages in self-developed contents tailored for the China and Philippines Markets in the form of casual online games (Slingo), Interactive TV/SMS Game show (Slingo Interactive Games show) and contents sourced from international developers and other Hollywood majors such as the CBS Paramount TV reality drama (America's Next Top Model - China version) and mobile games (America's Next Top Model Mobile Games).
With a dollar potential of billions, more care is necessary to prevent problem and youth gambling on cellphones
Gameloft's Gonzague de Vallois talks to Pocket Gamer
On brands, why original mobile games don't always sell, and the trouble with Symbian
Akira Hero leaps onto mobile
You can't beat a good Super Mario platform game that involves jumping on cartoon enemies' heads. And Akira Hero is a new game that provides exactly that.
International Mobile Gaming Awards results
The jury of the International Mobile Gaming Awards has picked six winners out of the 26 nominees from the US, China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, India, UK, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Sweden and Australia. The 2006 edition presented a new breed of games never presented before: outdoor, location based gaming, high-end 3D, MM mobile games, mobile-to-PC and mobile-to-TV games and games using all the features of the new generation of mobile devices, including connectivity, cameras and microphones. These avant-garde games that are paving the way for tomorrow's mobile entertainment were brought to the spotlight last Wednesday in a crowded Fira Palace Hotel, in front of the press and hundreds of representatives of the industry.

martes, febrero 13, 2007

Greystripe Launches First Self-Service Mobile In-Game Advertising Portal
(BARCELONA, SPAIN/SAN FRANCISCO, CA) – Live from the 3GSM Congress Tradeshow in Barcelona, Spain, Greystripe, the leading mobile in-game advertising network and creator of - the world's largest free, ad-supported mobile game portal - announces an entirely new opportunity for advertisers to place full screen ads into mobile games with the AdWRAP Marketplace portal. AdWRAP Marketplace is a bid-based, self-service ad purchasing tool available worldwide.
La vida es móvil
En el 3GSM de Barcelona se presentaron las últimas novedades en telefonía celular. Las vedettes de esta jornada fueron el Win Mobile 6 y la tan esperada TV para celulares

sábado, febrero 10, 2007

It's all in the deck placement
The positioning on carrier decks can make or break a mobile game title. So says a new report which said that publishers that grab the best shelf space on carrier decks to show off their merchandise are rewarded with a significant bump in downloads and revenues. The study by Telephia, a provider of syndicated consumer research to telecom and mobile media markets, was conducted during the last quarter of 2006 and analyzed the relationship between deck placement and sales for a broad sample of mobile game titles.
Mobile Gaming will overtake Consoles, says I-play boss Gosen
If you preferred playing games on your clamshell, instead of standing in those never-ending queues to acquire the next-gen consoles, then you perhaps have made a wiser move, atleast as per some experts. At the recently held Casual Games Association’s Casual Connect Conference in Amsterdam, David Gosen, CEO of I-play, a leading company in mobile entertainment, shared his insight by stating that mobile phone will be the ultimate mass market gaming device, leaving console as the platform for a selected group of people.
Project Gotham Racing(R) Mobile Tears onto Phones around the World
SAN MATEO, Calif.-(Business Wire)-February 9, 2007 - Glu Mobile, a leading global publisher of mobile games, today announced the worldwide launch of the eagerly-awaited Project Gotham Racing(R) Mobile (PGR(R) Mobile). Developed and published by Glu exclusively for mobile phones, PGR Mobile is the first mobile adaptation of the original award-winning Project Gotham Racing(R) franchise developed by Bizarre Creations for Microsoft(R) Xbox(R) and Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment systems. The global launch gives gamers around the world a way to experience the style and speed of PGR directly on their mobile phone.

jueves, febrero 08, 2007

EA makes mobile rallying call
Electronic Arts says distribution channels need to widened and billing made more flexible before the mobile games industry can fulfill its potential.
Brightstar renews Motorola distribution agreement
Regional wireless equipment distributor Brightstar has renewed a distribution agreement with global handset manufacturers Motorola for Latin America and other markets, the former said in a statement.

miércoles, febrero 07, 2007

Dundee Duo crack Games Top 50
Two Dundee-based mobile games development companies have been named among the top '50 To Watch In Mobile', a UK-wide competition. Tag Games was placed at number 23 in the Top 50 and Dynamo Games at number 47.
GameFile: Mobile-Gaming Missionary, 'Madden' Competition & More
Don't feel bad for Justin Davis. He actually likes his job. Really. He's not just saying that.For the past two years, Davis has run a gaming Web site — a job that initially sounds pretty cool when he mentions it at parties. But then Davis has to tell people what kind of Web site he runs, exactly. "I say, 'Oh, I review cell-phone games for a living,' " he confessed to GameFile during an interview last week. "And they say, 'I feel sorry for you.' "
SMALL PLANET: Builds and maintains the RealArcade mobile games store in Finland
Small Planet, the developer of mobile marketplace management and social
networking services, has been selected by the mobile games developer and
publisher Mr. Goodliving, Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of RealNetworks,
Inc., to build and maintain the RealArcade mobile games store in Finland.
Yospace tops O2's '50 to Watch' list
Mobile user-gen pioneer Yospace has come first in the Real Business/O2 '50 to Watch in Mobile' company rankings.
MySpace to be Pre-Loaded into Vodafone Handsets
MySpace says that it has secured an exclusive partnership with Vodafone Group to pre-load Myspace services into Vodafone branded handsets.
Two Walkman Handsets from Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson has shown off two new Walkman branded mobile phones; the W880/W888 and W610 build on the success of hit-models such as the W810 and to broaden the appeal of the Walkman phone. Sony Ericsson says that 20 million Walkman phones have been sold to date.
Two New Cyber-shot handsets from Sony Ericsson
Soon after announcing it has shipped 4.5 million of its Cyber-shot camera phones since the launch of the K790/K800 last summer, Sony Ericsson has introduced two new phones to the Cyber-shot phone family.
New 3G and EDGE Sony Ericsson Walkman Mobile Phones
Europe : Sony Ericsson announces two new Walkman phones; the W880/W888 and W610 build on the success of hit-models such as the W810 and to broaden the appeal of the Walkman® phone. 20 million Walkman® phones have been sold to date. Sony Ericsson also announces a suite of music accessories designed to enhance the Walkman® phone listening experience.

lunes, febrero 05, 2007

FOMA™ D703i and FOMA™ F703i Launched Today are Based on Symbian OS
TOKYO, Japan – Symbian Limited today welcomes NTT DoCoMo’s launch of the FOMA D703i and the FOMA F703i which are based on Symbian OS™ and started shipping in Japan.
All the world's a ... mobile stage
Sasthamangalam, a bustling residential and commercial area in Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram, is perhaps not a place you would associate with the international mobile gaming market.
Chinese Mobile Phone Sales Surge 40%
Sales of mobiles phones in China rose by 40%, to 120 million handsets reported the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, citing the deputy chief of the China Mobile Communications Association Xie Linzhen.
2007 Handset Sales Growth Forecast Raised
Merrill Lynch has raised its forecast for 2007 global handset unit growth forecast from 10% to 13% with units up from 1067 million to 1106 million. Looking further ahead, 2008 unit growth is up from 4% to 8% with units up to 1196 million. They are also increasing unit estimates by 39 million in 2007, 86 million in 2008 and 111 million in 2009.
Player X is to make its Family Fortunes game available as part of Sennari's new 'TV Gameshows' PrizePlay line-up.
The game will be available on all major UK operator decks by the end of March, followed by a global rollout.
Nokia will launch its revamped N-Gage mobile gaming platform in September.
Nokia’s official blog states that: ”We expect EA Mobile and Gameloft to bring a number of top-selling, award winning titles to our platform between our launch in September and the end of 2007.”

domingo, febrero 04, 2007

[PR] New from Xing Mobile: Tank Force
Dutch/Indonesian mobile games publisher Xing Mobile is proud to announce the first J2ME game coming from its new Chinese development team. Tank Force is a tank simulator in which you have to defend your base against attack and search out and destroy the enemy troops and tanks that roam the battlefield. Beautiful graphics and immersive gameplay make this a must have for your mobile games collection!
New Superscape Mobile Game Title Rolls Out on Rogers Network
Superscape Group plc (LSE: SPS) Announces That one of its Newest Titles has Been Selected by Rogers Communications. Burning Tires(TM) offers exciting 3D racing action in the most extreme and dangerous places on earth.
Xiamen games arrived Asian Market
Hong Kong’s MOffY and Xiamen based Simlife today announce the cooperation to bring J2ME game to the Asian Markets.

jueves, febrero 01, 2007

Lenovo Mobile Selects Esmertec’s Jbed Software Solution to Power Major Platforms for Mobile Handsets
DUEBENDORF-ZURICH, Switzerland – February 1, 2007 – Esmertec™ (SWX: ESMN), a focused provider of software and services to communications device manufacturers and mobile telecom operators, is pleased to announce that Lenovo Mobile, a world-wide leading Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) in China, has selected Esmertec’s Jbed™ solution as the Java™ Virtual Machine (JVM), for its major commercial TI*-based and Broadcom-based platforms. The first Jbed-powered handsets under the Lenovo P768 “Victory” brand, are expected to hit the Chinese market in Q1 2007.
Agency Sees Mobile Marketing as the Future of Advertising
Mobile technology is the newest media channel of advertising, say market researchers. The possibilities for creative marketing and product branding are limitless -- and innovative design firms are taking notice.

Report: Nokia Workshop To Herald N-Gage Return
Following a promise last year to re-enter the portable games space, a report from the UK has suggested that Nokia is currently trying to court major publishers and developers to the company’s new games technology.
Product: Mobile Distillery To Unveil Celsius 4 At 3GSM 2007
Java mobile porting software company Mobile Distillery has announced that the company will unveil version 4 of its Celsius Java ME porting and optimizing software solution at 3GSM 2007, taking place in Barcelona, Spain from February 12–15.