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In brief: this week's mobile gaming news

More movie licenses snapped up by publishers

Our sister site, MobileIndustry.biz covers all the latest news in the growing mobile gaming market. Here, we present a round-up of the latest announcements.

It's been a busy week for I-Play. The publisher has signed poker ace Daniel Negreanu to appear in a new game as well as made-for-mobile clips of the professional player offering tips and strategies to winning hands.

The publisher has also revealed new title 4 Wheel Extreme, a racing game from the developer of I-Play's FMX series, Xendex.

This week's interview is with I-Play's CEO David Gosen, where the former Nintendo exec airs his belief that trying to force console licenses onto the mobile platform could damage the market, stating: "We must not turn a mass market into a niche market by focusing on console-style games."

Namco Networks has announced that it will be publishing titles from Japanese network KDDI in North America. KDDI currently has over 25 million subscribers and specialises in puzzle, action and strategy games.

Gameloft has grabbed the rights to produce games based on the upcoming Shrek movie. The title is due to launch via 170 operators in more than 75 countries next month.

Jump Games will be publishing two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games in the Indian market. After inking a deal with licence holder uclick, jump will also offer wallpapers, ringtones, sceensavers and TMNT themes.

Acme has signed a deal with Vivendi to offer the publisher's titles to South East Asia. The agreement covers 16 carriers in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Finally, Eidos has launched the mobile version of the popular football sim Championship Manager 2007, featuring more English and European teams and players.

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