Twistbox Games' Innovative Mobile Game ANNO 1701 Mobile Plays To Praise from the GSM Association and German Developer Awards
(LOS ANGELES, CA) - January 23, 2007 - Twistbox Games, the mobile games development and publishing division of Twistbox Entertainment, Inc., kicks off 2007 with praise from the mobile gaming industry for its internally developed breakthrough title ANNO 1701 Mobile. The game was nominated for the prestigious 2007 "Best Made for Mobile" Game by the GSM Association (GSMA), the trade organization that represents cellular phone operators, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of cellular telephony products as well as winning top honors at the German Developer Awards.
ANNO 1701 Mobile was shortlisted within the Best Made for Mobile Game Category, demonstrating Twistbox's success in pioneering the revolutionary and first-of-its kind European game that allows for mobile integration with PC play. ANNO 1701 Mobile lets users transfer points won during mobile game play to their PC game.
Additionally, ANNO 1701 Mobile is the first mobile title to feature video cut scenes on select high end 3G handsets - functionality which to date has only been included in PC and Console games. ANNO 1701 Mobile, which was launched in October of 2006, is already available mobile operators across Europe. The popular medieval-themed strategy game, set in a world of islands, is published by Kaasa Solution GmbH and based on Sunflowers' PC game Anno 1701.
"We are honored that our industry peers have recognized our risk-taking efforts to innovate current standards of mobile game development and bring improved game play to the consumer," said Eugen Barteska, managing director of Twistbox Games. "The GSM Association's Global Mobile Awards celebrate the highest achievements across our industry during the world's largest mobile industry event, the 3GSM World Congress on February 13th, and we are thrilled to be included," Mr. Barteska continues, "We are looking forward to offering even more quality and compelling mobile games in 2007 to users around the world."
Rob Conway, GSM Association CEO, said: "After twelve years, the standard and support for these Awards continues to rise, once again exceeding our expectations and reflecting the ability of the mobile and entertainment industries to not only impress but to genuinely surprise. The nominated entrants have survived the scrutiny of some of the industry's most discerning experts and truly earned their place in this year's exceptionally strong field
of compelling products, initiatives and solutions."
Twistbox Games' 2007 GSM Association nomination comes on the heels of an already highly successful 2006 - seeing the company wrapping the year up bycollecting other esteemed mobile industry awards. In December, ANNO 1701 Mobile was awarded the "Best Mobile Strategy Game" at Deutscher Entwicklerpreis, the prestigious German Developer Awards. These awards and honors build on the company's momentum from the 2005 event, when its "Giana Sisters" game won the "Best Mobile Action Game" award.
About Twistbox Games
Twistbox Games, a wholly owned business unit of Twistbox Entertainment, Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of award-winning games and applications for mobile devices. Twistbox Games' RapidPort, the mobile industry's most comprehensive development and porting platform, provides support for J2ME, DoJa, BREW and Symbian, outstanding content quality and handset support unique across the industry. Twistbox Games is the preferred games aggregation partner for mobile operators worldwide, providing full games catalogue management, QA services, content hosting and delivery and value added services including in-game advertising through its proprietary Wrapper Technology. Twistbox Games maintains studios in Germany, Poland and the United States. For more information, please visit www.twistboxgames.com.
About Twistbox Entertainment, Inc.
Twistbox Entertainment is a leading global producer and publisher of mobile entertainment. The company has exclusive licenses with industry-leading brands, direct distribution with more than 100 mobile operators in 43 countries and provides an extensive portfolio of award-winning games, WAP sites and mobile TV channels to more than 1 billion subscribers worldwide. For more information, please visit www.twistbox.com.
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