Los Angeles, CA, USA - Nokia and Gameloft today announced a strategic collaboration to make a range of award winning Gameloft mobile games easily available to Nokia device owners. The relationship will allow for deeper cooperation between the two companies regarding development cooperation to ensure timely support of new Nokia handsets and technologies as well as the distribution of Gameloft games.
As part of this relationship, Gameloft will develop a number of Gameloft franchises for Nokia's next generation mobile games platform which is expected to launch in the first half of 2007. As key industry leaders, Nokia and Gameloft will seek to bring increased value to consumers and channel partners through the delivery of fantastic games that are easy to discover, purchase and play.
"Nokia's next generation-platform will provide a gaming experience that has never been seen on a mobile device and we're dedicated to support it with our best titles and brands," said Michel Guillemot, President, Gameloft. "We're very excited to strengthen our relationship with Nokia, who is the world's leader in mobile communications."
"Gameloft has been a driving force in the mobile games industry so it's only natural for us to increase our level of cooperation as we evolve our mobile games strategy and launch our next generation games platform next year," said Jaakko Kaidesoja, director, games, Multimedia, Nokia. "Gameloft has an amazing portfolio of mobile games and supporting technologies that generate fantastic mobile experiences. Working with them fits well with our strategy."
Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones. Established in 1999, it has emerged as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, Brew or Symbian technology. The total number of games-enabled handsets is anticipated to exceed two billion units¹ in 2008 (¹source Arc Group).
Partnership agreements with leading licensors and sports personalities such as Ubisoft Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Viacom, FifPro, Lamborghini, Vans, Derek Jeter, Vijay Singh and Geoff Rowley allow Gameloft to form strong relationships with international brands. In addition to the partnerships, Gameloft owns and operates titles such as Block Breaker Deluxe, Asphalt: Urban GT and New York Nights.
Through agreements with major telephone wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, specialized distributors and its online shop, Gameloft has a distribution network in over 65 countries. Gameloft has worldwide offices in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Duesseldorf, Milan, Barcelona, New Delhi, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA) For more information visit www.gameloft.com