NEW YORK - April 4th, 2005 -Baseball fever will soon hit mobile phones. Gameloft, a leading international developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, secured exclusive mobile gaming rights to all-star shortstop Derek Jeter. The game, Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 2005, will capture the excitement and realism of professional baseball on your handset.
"Baseball is one of the most thrilling sports today, filled with so much history and excitement," said Mathieu Rolland, Gameloft's Director of Licensing. "It is a great opportunity for us to create a mobile game based on one of baseball's best players. Derek Jeter epitomizes the greatness of the sport and Gameloft represents the best in mobile gaming, so it is only natural we pair up to create one of the best sports titles out there."
Considered one of baseball's top players, Derek Jeter has won four championship titles in his 10-year career. His on-field talents have garnered him some of the most coveted accolades in baseball, including Rookie of the Year, World Series MVP and the 2004 Gold Glove Award, among others. Jeter's passion for games isn't limited to the field. As a kid Derek was a video-game enthusiast who spent time playing arcade titles, a hobby he still enjoys.
"Working with Gameloft to create a mobile game is a new and exciting venture for me," said Derek Jeter. "I have always enjoyed playing games and am excited to provide fans an opportunity to play with me. Gameloft is one of the top mobile gaming companies in the industry and I trust their ability to create a fantastic game that truly captures the spirit of one of America's most loved sports."
The exclusive agreement is in line with Gameloft's growing catalog of successful sport titles such as, Vijay Singh Pro Golf 2004, the number one ranked golfer in the world and Vans Skate & Slam featuring Geoff Rowley, the top skateboarder on the Vans team.
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 mobile handsets with this technology is anticipated to exceed one billion units in 2007.
Partnership agreements with leading licensors and sports personalities such as Ubisoft Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Paramount Studios, Dreamworks, Vans, 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 Siberian Strike.
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, Paris, London, Düsseldorf, Milan, Barcelona, Beijing, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GFT.PA)
For more information visit www.gameloft.com.
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