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Nokia and SmallBall Inc. launch SNAP Mobile Soccer for Java gaming community

SNAP Mobile Soccer (working title) Java game available through the Nokia SNAP Mobile service

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA - Nokia, a leading developer of rich connected Java games, and SmallBall.com today announced the launch of SNAP Mobile Soccer, the newest exciting member of Nokia's fast-growing Java game portfolio.

SNAP Mobile Soccer players can challenge real people in single matches or compete in professional or user-created leagues. And they train, play and watch the games on mobile while on the go, or on PC when at home. You need never leave home without SNAP Mobile Soccer.

SNAP Mobile Soccer, supported by the Nokia SNAP (Scalable Network Application Package) Mobile platform, enables customers to do much more than just play their teams against other teams. With SNAP Mobile Soccer you can actually train individual players to form the strongest team. Team owners can observe and evaluate every one of their players and their abilities, then train them based on their unique strengths and weaknesses to create a winning team. With proper attention to their growing soccer skills they will soon be competing at higher and higher levels.

SNAP Mobile Soccer is a truly groundbreaking new Java game where players use "artificial life" technology to train their team members and pit them against other teams in cross-town or worldwide matches. Each member of your team has the ability to learn distinct soccer skills and - with regular practice and personal attention - retain those skills while learning new and better skills.

SNAP Mobile Soccer creator Ed Annunziata says: "The better you know your players, the better you can train them." But he cautions that it works both ways: Just as in life, your players must work to improve their skills or risk losing them. This requires regular practice and a good dose of personal attention. "The more you love your players," Annunziata says, "the more they'll return the love by showing their winning ways."

Now you can coach your players to kick farther, run faster, change directions quicker, guard the goal better - these and all the other specialized skills that go into building a winning team. Fourteen players are included with each team, and with a nod to the worldwide popularity of women's soccer, women's teams as well as men's teams are available. Name your players, customize their uniforms, create your own formations - SNAP Soccer lets you make all the important team decisions.

Each member of the team arrives with average playing skills, but with his own unique "digital DNA." Study each player and quickly identify the special promise inherent in each member of your team. Their training and success are in your hands alone. The harder you train and the smarter you coach them, the faster they develop into the team you always wanted to create.

Teams can be trained and managed with mobile phones or PCs, and matches can be seen on mobile handsets as well as full screen on any compatible Web-enabled PC. Your team "lives" on a server, so you can play opposing teams even while their owners are otherwise occupied.

Aimed at a target audience of both male and female players age 16 to 40, SNAP Mobile Soccer is expected to be available through selected cellular phone service providers by late 2005. A number of Nokia and non-Nokia handsets will support the game.

SNAP Mobile Soccer features:

  • Cross-platform game play
  • Playback of live and recorded matches
  • Chat and discussion forums
  • User-created multiplayer leagues
  • Season results, records and statistics

Get in the game with Nokia's new SNAP Mobile Soccer and feel the thrills of taking your team to the championship and beyond.

About SmallBall.com

SmallBall.com is a six-year-old game development enterprise whose Internet offerings include Baseball and SNAP Mobile Soccer. Currently in development for 2006 release are Hockey and American Football.

About Nokia

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations. www.nokia.com

For more information:

Elena Arney

Access Communications for SNAP Mobile

Tel: +415 462 1883

E-mail: earney@accesspr.com

Nokia Corporation

Multimedia

Communications

Tel: +358 7180 45667

E-mail: press.office@nokia.com

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