Dubai, UAE – October 28, 2008 – Gameloft today announced the release of Real Football 2009, the latest edition of the highly successful football franchise, on Nokia N-Gage. The announcement, made at the Dubai World Game Expo, where N-Gage is platinum sponsor and prime participant, further cements the growing relationship between the two companies.
The Real Football series has been the best rated mobile football simulation game for the past five years. The 2009 edition allows players to choose from 12 stadiums and six leagues featuring 200 separate teams, as well five gaming modes ranging from the Leagues and Cups, to exhibition, penalty kicks and training. The game also features a dynamic replay system to give players control of how they view the action. New to Real Football ‘09 are realistic player behaviours and a 360° gaming experience utilising high-quality 3D graphics and realistic sound effects.
Gameloft has secured the FIFpro licence to include real player names in the title and the official licence of the Spanish Liga. The game also bridges the gap between ‘football gaming’ and ‘football reality’ with Cesc Fabregas - who played an integral part in helping Spain win the 2008 UEFA European Championship - as the cover athlete of the title.
“We are delighted to be announcing the release of Real Football 2009 on N-Gage at this year’s Dubai World Game Expo. With 360° player manoeuvrability this title brings an innovative approach to mobile football games we know the N-Gage community will find extremely entertaining,” stated Ludovic Blondel, OEM Director at Gameloft. “Most of all we are really excited to see the fusion of the established Real Football and N-Gage communities that this title will create for the first time.”
Gregory Horoupian, Nokia Games Business Manager for Middle East & Africa noted, “Given the popularity of the football genre throughout the game space in the Middle East and Africa, and the interest we’ve seen in N-Gage in this region, the unique gaming experience that Real Football 09 can provide on the N-Gage platform will easily transcend the various languages and cultures and deliver yet another great, connected mobile gaming experience.”
Gregg Sauter, Director of Third Party Publishing, Nokia commented: ““It's great to see Real Football 09 launched on the N-Gage platform. As a sport, football is the world's most popular, and as a game, Real Football will be tough to beat. With great gameplay and superb quality graphics, we expect this game to bring a new level of sports excellence and realism to the platform.”
Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones and consoles. 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 games-enabled handsets is anticipated to exceed four billion units by 2012. Gameloft games are also available to players on WiiWare and DS, Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE Arcade, Apple’s iPod, iTouch and iPhones, and PCs.
Partnership agreements with leading licensors and sports personalities such as Ubisoft Entertainment, Universal Pictures, ABC, Dreamworks Animations SKG, Endemol, 20th Century Fox, Viacom, Sony Pictures, Touchtone Television, Warner Bros., FifPro, Ferrari, Paris Hilton, Gus Hansen, Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter, Reggie Bush, Chuck Norris, Jonny Wilkinson or Robinho 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 and New York Nights.
Through agreements with major telephone wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, specialized distributors and its online shop, Gameloft has a distribution network in over 80 plus countries.
Gameloft has worldwide offices in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Montreal, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Caracas, Sao Polo, Santiago, Paris, London, Cologne, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Helsinki, Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Bucharest, New Delhi, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA)
N-Gage is a made-for-mobile games service available in compatible Nokia Nseries and other S60 3rd Edition devices from Nokia. N-Gage makes it easy to find, try, buy, play and manage high-quality mobile games as well as connect to friends and other players in the N-Gage Arena, Nokia’s mobile gaming community. Nokia is working with the world’s leading publishers to deliver a broad portfolio of games. www.n-gage.com
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Communications Manager, Lower Gulf
Nokia Middle East and North Africa
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