London, July 1 2005, IN-FUSIO, international leader in mobile phone entertainment, games publisher and service provider for managing game player communities, has just signed an exclusive agreement with Amaury Sport Organisation, the official organiser of the Tour de France to launch the Tour de FranceTM game for mobile. The game will be distributed in Europe and China, and is available on Java, ExEn, EGE and Doja platforms. The game is published in liaison with Living Mobile (http://livingmobile.net) and was developed by Living Mobile and Hudson Soft.
Wear the yellow jersey and take part in this amazing race that turns racers into legends.
The concept of this mobile phone game is based on the trials that have made the Tour de France such a huge success. The aim is to win the Tour by taking part in the 21 stages of the 2005 event.
Players take part in 4 different types of trial:
- Individual time trial: this enables each participant to show their potential and directly confront their adversaries
- Team: each team races against other teams and against the clock
- Classic: this is usually won by the sprinters
- Mountain: this is where the winner of the race is generally decided
Players will be able to control one or more cyclists and, thanks to intuitive playability based on the same principle as arcade games, use different cycling techniques such as slipstreaming, taking turns at the front, and so on...
With its top quality graphics and high level playability, the Tour de France phone game brings a new stage in the expansion of the IN-FUSIO sports range.
"We have selected IN-FUSIO to design, develop and distribute the downloadable mobile phone version of the Tour de France game. IN-FUSIO is a top class partner, capable of distributing games all over the world thanks to its distribution network. This is the second time that we have worked with IN-FUSIO, and our experience is that they develop top quality games which are compatible with a vast majority of phones while at the same time incorporating unique player community management services" said Gaël Colloc'h, TV Director for Amaury Sport Organisation.
"We are delighted to have signed this exclusive licensing agreement with Amaury Sport Organisation, IN-FUSIO will be the only publisher on the mobile phone games market to be associated with the legendary Tour de France", comments Giles Corbett, co-CEO. "In addition, this new licence will enable us to reinforce our, already very popular, range of sporting games including Football Fans, IF Racing 2 and Golden Tee® Advanced."
The Tour de France will be available at the beginning of July from all European operators companies on more than 100 phone systems.
All information on the mobile phone game will be available on the dedicated website www.in‑fusio.com/tourdefrance, where it will also be possible to download the game online.
About Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.)
Amaury Sport Organisation belongs to the French press group E.P.A (Editions Philippe Amaury), owner of such titles as l'Equipe, France Football, l'Equipe Magazine, Vélo Magazine, Le Parisien and Aujourd'hui en France. The group has also expanded into audiovisual, with the creation of l'Equipe TV, and into new technologies (www.lequipe.fr & www.leparisien.fr), to the point where it is now one of the major players in the French media world.
On its side, A.S.O., founded in September 1992, has specialised in the organisation of well-known sporting events such as Tour de France, Dakar and the Paris Marathon. The past few years have been a time of growth, with A.S.O. intensifying its activities in the cycling domain (Paris-Nice, Tour du Faso) and tackling new disciplines such as golf (Open de France, the oldest tournament in continental Europe) and equestrian sports (creating for the occasion an annual event known as R.I.D.E (Rencontres Internationales des Disciplines Equestres).
About Living Mobile
Living Mobile is one of the leading international mobile game developers and publishers headquartered in Munich, Germany. Established in 2001, Living Mobile now offers a large variety of branded and top quality mobile games some of which are currently on the top spot on the download charts of various regional mobile operators. Living Mobile's close cooperation with the top Japanese game producers such as Hudson Soft, Dwango and CAPCOM helps it offer original, premium and outstanding games for demanding gamers through it's network across Europe and Asia. Living Mobile has signed direct agreements with European and Asian carriers and is rapidly expanding global business operations. The company is privately owned and currently employs a highly qualified team of more than 40 employees in its offices in Munich, Germany, in Prague, Czech Republic, and in Singapore. For more information please visit http://www.livingmobile.net
IN-FUSIO is a leading international mobile entertainment company, publishing top-tier games for mobile phones and delivering players' community management services.
Focusing on quality, innovation and community, IN-FUSIO applications are enjoyed by more than 15 million people worldwide, through 130 operators and portals across all handset platforms (Java, ExEn, BREW, Symbian, Windows MobileTM and I-Mode). IN-FUSIO's portfolio of more than 70 games includes licensed properties such as Microsoft's Midtown Madness® 3 Mobile and Zoo Tycoon® 2 Mobile, Comedy Central's South Park®, Universal Studios' E.T.TM, Canal Studio Image's The TerminatorTM, Golden TeeTM, RollerbladeTM, as well as the award winning original titles Shado Fighter and the IF Racing series. The company successfully provides carriers, developers and brand owners the best opportunity to maximize the value of their offerings with the largest mobile distribution network.
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