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NGAME ANNOUNCES PAY-TO-PLAY GAMES WIRELESS SERVICE WITH TELUS MOBILITY
Cambridge, U.K. and Redwood City, CA (October 16, 2001) - nGame Ltd., the #1 publisher of games for Internet enabled cellular phones in North America, today announced an agreement with TELUS Mobility to provide a channel of eleven wireless games for web-enabled phones.
TELUS Mobility will be the first Canadian operator to offer the “Rat Race” game to its users, which is based on the hit movie from Paramount Pictures. Since release on August 17th, Rat Race has generated more than 700,000 minutes of use in the US, and has been played by more than 130,000 users. Rat Race is also the first mobile Internet phone game based on a major movie license to be released in North America.
nGame will provide some of their most popular titles, including “Air Aces”, "Alien Fish Exchange," the Bafta Nominated “Merchant Princes”, “Rat Race”, “Chop Suey Kung Fu”, “DataClash”, “Number Shuffle”, “Poker Dice”, “Special Ops”, “Dragon Army” and “Carrier Force” for TELUS Mobility Wireless Users with Web-enabled phones.
· Rat Race the game, mirrors the action in the movie, and allows up to 6 players to race against each other in a mad dash to be the first to find the $2M prize located in Sliver City.
· Air Aces, which is now available to Canadian users for the first time, authentically recreates multiplayer dogfights from the First World War for users of mobile Internet enabled handsets.
· Alien Fish Exchange is a humorous game wherein players manage a tank of alien fish, a futuristic luxury commodity, which need to be fed and cared for in order to encourage them to breed. The aim of the game is to breed 47 species of alien fish. Alien Fish Exchange currently has more than 500,000 users around the globe.
· The Bafta award nominated Merchant Princes is a medieval trading game set in Europe. Players take on the role of merchants, bringing cargoes of furs, spices, timber, cloth, fish or religious relics from far-flung places to the increasingly hungry consumers of Europe. On the way, they must deal with pirates and bandits, and still outwit their rivals to bring in the best goods at the best profits.
· Special Ops also available for the first time in Canada, is a single player action game where you take on the role of a special government operative. You are given a mission to infiltrate a terrorist organization that is plotting a heinous crime against the United States. You must uncover their plans and then neutralize them.
"We are delighted to be working with TELUS Mobility. TELUS Mobility mobile Internet users across Canada will now be able to enjoy the most popular games available today on their cell phones," said nGame CEO, John Brimacombe.
“The TELUS Mobility games service will launch with nGame’s most popular titles, and will also offer many new titles that will be available for the first time in Canada. Users will pay 5-25 Canadian cents to play our games. This is nGame’s first pay-to-play service in North America,” said nGame Vice President Business Development, Alex Green.
“nGame’s services are a compelling benefit to TELUS Mobility’s wireless internet users. nGame’s original multiplayer games titles are unique and engrossing. We look forward to working with nGame on content for current and next generation wireless technology,” said Robert Blumenthal, Vice President, Products and Services at TELUS Mobility.
Headquartered in Cambridge UK and Redwood City CA, nGame provides a unique global technological delivery platform for a massive new content marketplace - interactive entertainment for mobile phones and digital interactive television.
Channel: Since June 2000, nGame has built a global network of content distribution agreements with major digital TV and cellular carriers and the key independent portals. These give nGame potential access to over 100 million consumers including coverage on seven out of the eight largest US mobile operators, and now, two out of the three largest Canadian operators.
Productions: nGame’s internal content studio, nGame Productions, has produced the ‘flagship’ content that has been used to build up the distribution network, define revenue models and prove the content hosting architecture and content authoring suite. nGame regards this studio as a ‘center of excellence’ for its developer community and this is reflected in their receipt of a prestigious Bafta award nomination the first ever for a mobile game.
Content Hosting Infrastructure: nGame’s content hosting infrastructure is based on the company’s CGS/2 connected games server platform that currently provides content delivery to users in the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and Australia. This architecture allows nGame to host and deliver content to carrier grade service levels. As of 1st July 2001, nGame has served over 3 million game sessions to more than 1,400,000 unique users.
Content Authoring Suite: The nGame Development Kit (nGDK) is an advanced authoring tool for the creation of multi-platform (WML, HTML, SMS, J2ME, Brew, Liberate etc) multi-player interactive entertainment content. At its heart lies the unique Sin programming language, a specialized tool for the cost-effective creation of advanced entertainment properties. The nGDK is currently the subject of 12 US patent filings.
About Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures is part of the entertainment operations of Viacom, Inc., one of the world's largest entertainment and media companies, and a leader in the production, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sport and music.
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About TELUS Mobility
TELUS Mobility provides a full suite of wireless services to more than 2.3 million clients across Canada. For more information, please visit us at www.telusmobility. com .
TELUS Corporation (TSE: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is one of Canada's leading telecommunications companies, providing a full range of telecommunications products and services that connect Canadians to the world. The company is the leading service provider in Western Canada and provides data, Internet Protocol, voice and wireless services to Central and Eastern Canada.