Gameloft Secures Licenses for Lumines and Meteos
Major contract with Q Entertainment Enables Company to Produce Mobile Versions of Two Critically Acclaimed Puzzle Games
NEW YORK - September 7th, 2005- Gameloft®, a leading international developer and publisher of games for mobile phones, has signed an exclusive long-term agreement with Q Entertainment to develop and publish two puzzle games, Lumines and Meteos, both produced by famed game designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi.
Originally conceived for Playstation Portables, Lumines is a puzzle game with a techno-Zen twist. Its slick and trendy design earned it rave reviews on the top three gaming websites, Gamespot, IGN and Gamespy. According to Gamespot, who rated it 9/10, "Lumines may very well be the greatest Tetris-style puzzle game since Tetris itself." Lumines also received IGN's Editor's Choice Award.
Lumines received extensive coverage in the media for its originality and creativity with gameplay and design, and is considered to be a game with a potential for huge mass market pick-up.
Meteos, another puzzle game produced by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, is based on simple rules: groups of meteorite blocks are falling down on the planet, and players have to assemble them by color and fling them back into space. Originally released on Nintendo DS, the game proved to be as popular as its predecessor, Lumines, scoring a 9/10 rating and an Editor's Choice Award from IGN. In addition, it received a 4.5/5 rating on Gamespy, where it is viewed as a serious Tetris contender.
These games which target mainstream gamers expands Gameloft's casual games catalog, which include Block Breaker Deluxe, Platinium Solitaire, Chessmaster, Midnight Pool, Midnight Bowling, Love Triangle Dating Challenge and New York Nights.
"We are delighted to partner with Gameloft, who is the ideal mobile game partner for Q. We are confident of their ability to deliver our games' gameplay and style-the combination that has made them a success," said Shuji Utsumi, CEO of Q Entertainment. "We are very excited that Lumines and Meteos will be enjoyed by a wider reach of customers through distribution on mobile phones."
Gonzague de Vallois, Gameloft's Vice President of Publishing, commented "We are very excited about this contract with Q Entertainment. Casual games are a strategic component for our sector, whose aim is to reach the widest possible public, and Tetsuya Mizuguchi's games have fantastic potential on mobile phones."
Lumines and Meteos will be made available on mobile phones in the first quarter of 2006.
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, 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, New York Nights 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, Hong Kong and Seoul. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA)
About Q Entertainment
Q Entertainment is a content provider of interactive digital content on console, online and mobile platforms. The company's products include LUMINES (PSP), a very popular stylish puzzle game that combines music, and METEOS (Nintendo DS), highly acclaimed puzzle game, both produced by Tetsuya Mizuguchi and distributed in North America, Europe, and Japan. Based in Tokyo, Q Entertainment is a global company; partners includes leading companies such as Bandai, Microsoft, and Gameloft.
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