SAN JOSE, Calif. (March 20, 2007) - Namco Networks, a leading publisher and developer of wireless games and network content, today announced an exclusive partnership with KDDI, one of Japan's largest mobile carriers. Through the partnership, Namco will publish KDDI's large catalog of hit mobile games from Japanese publishers and developers.
Seeing Namco's strength in the North American mobile gaming market and its history of success in localizing content from Japan, KDDI recognizes Namco as an ideal partner and publisher to distribute their proven catalog of games.
"Partnering with Namco allows us to work with an established leader in the North American mobile market, ensuring the quality of the localization and successful distribution of our catalog of Japanese games to North American wireless subscribers," said Takashi Nagashima, General Manager, Content and EC Division Content and Media Business Sector of KDDI. "Publishers of KDDI's games that currently do not have distribution in the North American market can now build a presence through this relationship with Namco."
Utilizing BREW technology, KDDI provides popular, quality games to its more than 25 million mobile subscribers throughout Japan. Its acclaimed mobile games catalog includes an array of puzzle, action and strategy games.
"Partnering with KDDI extends our casual gaming catalog, allowing us to continue to meet the growing demand for casual mobile games in our market," said Kenji Hisatsune, President and CEO of Namco Networks. "The portfolio of mobile games that KDDI offers has proven to be highly successful in Japan, a trend we anticipate to continue in the U.S."
About Namco Networks
Since 2002, Namco Networks America Inc., a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc. and a worldwide leader in the high-tech entertainment industry, has used cutting-edge technology to provide fun, quality entertainment to mobile consumers throughout the Americas. For more information about Namco mobile games, please visit: www.namcogames.com.
KDDI is the only Japanese carrier company which currently provides both fixed broadcasting services including broadband and mobile services. As of the end of February 2007, KDDI enjoys the second largest domestic share of the mobile market with more than 25 million subscribers to its au brand mobile cell phone service. KDDI aims to become the ubiquitous solutions company. By combining their know-how and the various technologies they have developed, KDDI will implement high quality, useful and convenient solutions in preparation for a future that will be a ubiquitous network society.
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