London, 22 March 2005 - Macrospace, the acclaimed European studio of mobile entertainment publisher Sorrent, Inc., and 3, the UK's first video mobile network, today announced that they will launch the leading mobile multiplayer game, 'Cannons Tournament', on the 3 video mobile network. Cannons Tournament is the UK's first mass-market downloadable mobile game to let up to four gamers to play each other simultaneously over 3G mobile networks.
Macrospace launches Cannons Tournament as part of its line-up of new multiplayer titles available to 3's UK customers. As well as using your keypad to move, aim and fire, Cannons Tournament offers a raft of weapons and power-ups to boost your points and the added challenge of dynamic weather conditions like gusting wind and snow to affect your trajectory.
If you think you have what it takes to beat the best, you can challenge up to three other gamers anywhere in the world, on any network, to a battle. Launching the game automatically connects you to other real players that are currently online, and you can search for friends to play via nicknames, or just randomly select an opponent to play.
Take it in turns to execute your battle plan. Players see each others' moves on-screen with only a few seconds delay, giving you time to plot your next move or, if you are feeling confident, send taunts to the other players to put them off. Finally, when you have finished your game, see how you rate against the top tank commanders on the new daily, monthly and all-time high score tables.
"Being part of the launch of multiplayer games on 3 is an exciting opportunity, as 3G networks are ideally suited to the dynamics and technical requirements of multiplayer games," said Kristian Segerstrale, VP of Production at the Macrospace Studio. "Cannons Tournament continues to win fans all around the world with its simple but compelling gameplay, and we look forward to working with 3 to launch more great multiplayer games in the near future."
Graeme Oxby, Marketing Director, 3: "As the success of our music service demonstrates with over 10 million downloads in 6 months, 3 has learnt how to package and deliver compelling products over 3G. In Gaming, we are doing the same thing - picking the right games for 3G and delivering services that are immediate, fun and accessible at affordable prices."
Cannons Tournament is available on the A835, C975, V975, A925, A1000 and E1000 handsets from Motorola, the LG8110, 8120, 8130 and 8138, the Nokia 7600 and the NEC616, 338, 313 and 228.
Games on 3
3 is the only UK operator to offer customers the choice of buying and renting games. With the RENT option customers pay 25p per play, or 50p for up to three days of play on a game, this offer which is unique to 3 is proving popular with customers who want to sample a game before buying it.
With the BUY option customers make a one off payment, of between £3 and £7.50 and then have continuous use of the game on their video mobile. The near console quality games that are initially only available on certain models of handset cost £7.50.
For more information about 3's products and services, visit www.three.co.uk
About Sorrent, Inc.
Sorrent is a global publisher of award-winning wireless entertainment based on original and licensed properties including Atari, Viacom, Cartoon Network, FOX Sports and Twentieth Century Fox. Sorrent games are available to more than 800 million mobile subscribers via 90 carriers worldwide, across platforms including Java, BREW and i-mode. Sorrent also develops and publishes mobile games under the Macrospace brand as well as offering a complete end-to-end mobile gaming solution via ProvisionX, the most widely deployed Java download service worldwide. Sorrent is based in San Mateo, California and has offices in London and Singapore. Founded in 2001, Sorrent has attracted top tier venture capital firms including NEA, BA Venture
Partners, Sienna Ventures and Globespan Capital Partners. For more information visit www.sorrent.com.
Sorrent, Inc. is a trademark of Sorrent, Inc.
Hutchison 3G UK Limited deliver third-generation mobile multimedia and communications services under the 3 brand in the UK, offering a convergence of media, information and telephony to enable live video calls, multimedia content and entertainment while on the move. 3 services are available from sister companies in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy and Sweden. 3 also holds UMTS licences in Ireland and Norway.
For further information, please visit: www.three.co.uk or call the 3 Media Office on 0207 350 5696.
Three facts about 3:
- 3 is the UK's first video mobile network.
- 3 is the UK's fastest growing mobile network. Over 2.5 million customers in the UK now have access to 3's range of 3G services, from video messaging and video calling to watching full-length music videos and goals from Barclays Premiership football.
- 3's network offers national coverage for calls and texts, and over 81% coverage for video services.
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Tel: +44 (0)20 7368 1122