Game Developers Conference 2007, San Francisco, CA - March 5, 2007 - Nokia today announced the winners of the Nokia and SingTel Multiplayer Game Quest 2006, the multiplayer Java game development contest organized by Forum Nokia, the world's leading mobile developer program, and SingTel, Asia's leading communications group for all Forum Nokia PRO members around the world. Launched in June 2006, the competition gives the winners and runners-up opportunities to offer their games for commercial distribution with SingTel, and its regional partners, to more than 112 million subscribers in the Asia Pacific region.
Taking the top prize in the cross platform gaming, multiplayer gaming for the male segment and multiplayer gaming for the female segment categories were G-mode from Japan, Mauj from India, and Taito from Japan respectively, winning more than US$5,000 each in cash and prizes. Runners-up in the categories were Hungama Mobile from India, Activate from Singapore and 01 bit-side from Germany, winning more than US$2,500 each in cash and prizes. *
All of the games developed in the Nokia and SingTel Multiplayer Game Quest 2006 are running on Nokia Series 40 and S60 devices.
Mr Philip Wu, SingTel's Director of Content Acquisition and Marketing said, "We are pleased that the recent Nokia and SingTel Multiplayer Game Quest 2006 has brought the creation of multiplayer games to new levels and allowed fresh talent to showcase their skills. This collaboration with Nokia paves the way for SingTel to further leverage on our regional customer base for mobile content distribution and mobile commerce. We would like to congratulate the winners and look forward to bringing the games that they have developed to our local and regional subscribers."
"The SNAP Mobile platform, which made it so simple for developers to enable Multiplayer mode, has provided SingTel with an efficient and convenient solution by which to offer these exciting online multiplayer games to our customers."
Regional Director for Forum Nokia in the Asia Pacific region, Mr Shankar Meembat, also praised the participants for their hard work and winning entries, thereby making the joint initiative with SingTel a successful one. The entries were judged on their creativity, attractiveness and entertainment value, quality, playability and user interface.
"Through Forum Nokia PRO, we give operators the ability to reach out to the best developers of mobile applications around the world, hence expanding their revenue opportunities through downloads. The games that were created by the contestants of the Nokia and SingTel Multiplayer Game Quest 2006 - when offered to consumers - are sure to provide the large masses of Nokia mobile device users in Asia Pacific with hours of multiplayer-gaming fun," he said.
The Nokia and SingTel Multiplayer Game Quest 2006 was run on SNAP Mobile, Nokia's end-to-end solution for developing connected Java mobile games.
"Using the connected multiplayer features embedded in the SNAP Mobile platform, publishers and developers participating in the competition have been able to create some exciting new games that push the Java envelope," said SNAP Mobile head, Antoine Doumenc. "They range from arcade games with online features that enhance the playing experience, to exciting sports games with realistic head-to-head action."
*A more detailed description of the games and developers can be found below.
SingTel is Asia's leading communications group with operations and investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer markets, it is committed to bringing the best of global communications to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond.
With significant operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of services that include voice and data services over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms.
To serve the needs of multi-national corporations, SingTel has a network of 37 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. These offices enable SingTel to deliver reliable and quality network solutions to its customers, either on its own or jointly with local partners.
The Group also has major investments in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Together with its regional partners, SingTel is Asia's largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 112 million customers in seven markets.
SingTel employs about 20,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of S$13.14 billion (US$8.12 billion) and net profit after tax of S$4.16 billion (US$2.57 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2006. More information can be found @ www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au.
About Forum Nokia
Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at www.forum.nokia.com.
About SNAP Mobile
Nokia's SNAP Mobile is an industry leading mobile JavaTM gaming solution that covers middleware and technology, hosting, maintenance, and online community management. It is available to 3rd parties for connected mobile game development and publishing, and also offers mobile game community development to operators. The SNAP Mobile platform currently supports a wide variety of Java MIDP2.0 compliant phones and has a rapidly growing selection of connected mobile games with the variety and level of challenge that appeals to players of all ages. More information is available at http://snapmobile.nokia.com. For SNAP Mobile development tools and resources, please visit http://forum.nokia.com/snapmobile.
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Nokia and SingTel Multiplayer Game Quest 2006 - Winners and Runner-ups
Category: Cross Platform Gaming
Game: Chess Game - A multiplayer chess game with exciting interface and chat, presence and ranking features. Users can also play on multiple boards and play more than one game at a time.
Developer: G-mode, Japan
Game: 4ToScore - The game requires players to successfully drop balls into vertical chutes. The first player with four balls in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row wins. Players can chat with others or even challenge them to play.
Developer: Hungama Mobile, India
Category: Multiplayer Gaming for the Male Segment
Game: Street Golf - Players can play a full course of golf or simply practice in the backyard, take on in-game opponents in the Street Golf Championship, and even play 18 holes spread out over 6 streets.
Developer: Mauj, India
Game: Battle Jams - Players have to use their special weapons to battle with others to be the first to claim Candy Planet, a sweet and crunchy planet.
Developer: Activate, Singapore
Category: Multiplayer Gaming for the Female Segment
Game: Puzzle Bobble: Mobile Mania - Players have to stack coloured bubbles in rows of three to make them pop. The game is lost when the unburst bubbles reach the bubble launcher.
Developer: Taito, Japan
Game: Mapan - Players have to raise little creature until such time that it is able to challenge other players. Players can also train the creature with weights, develop its mindset, and even change its appearance. Players can band their creatures with other similar ones and engage in battles with other creatures.
Developer: 01 bit-side, Germany