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Telcogames announces move into Asia

UK-based mobile games publisher and distributor Telcogames has announced plans to establish a new company in Asia, as part of a deal with Taiwanese aggregator Abletech.

Telcogames ASIA will be based in Taipei and will establish a distribution network covering Taiwan and Mainland China (where Abletech already has deals with mobile carriers in place), Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the Phillippines. The company will also make content created locally available to users around the world.

Steven Chang has been appointed as executive VP of Telcogames Asia, while Gregory Horoupian takes on the role of MD. They will manage Telcogames' portfolio of games, which includes titles from more than 65 publishers, and oversee translation and porting to local mobile handsets.

"We first entered this market in Taiwan and Mainland China through our long-standing relationships with mobile carriers," said Abletech CEO Sam Wang.

"We've seen these territories expand, and as they continue to do so rapidly, we are pleased to have such an exceptional partner in Telcogames."

Jamie Conyngham, CEO of Telcogames, said: "Because of the agreement with Abletech, Telcogames ASIA can immediately distribute games into the Chinese and Taiwanese carriers without the time-lag of setting up contracts with each individual carrier," adding that the company will release at least five games to the Asian market per month.

"Telcogames ASIA will allow the Telcogames group to offer our publishers and developers access to China & Taiwan which they may not have themselves," he went on. "In addition, Telcogames will offer a much larger quality portfolio of games to China than any individual publisher." The Chinese mobile entertainment market currently is currently comprised of an estimated 340 million subscribers.

Telcogames was founded in 2003 and already has offices in Japan, Germany, Australia, Israel, Sweden and Russia, along with a head office in the UK. The company provides mobile games to more than 70 channels worldwide, including Orange Group, Vodafone DE and Sony Ericsson, and more than 400 channels via its partner network.

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