A Few Game Announcements

SONY AND NAMCO BANDAI TEAM UP FOR PS3 AND MOBILE

Sony and Namco Bandai announced to start a joint development studio for PS3 console development and mobile games. The label for mobile games will be Cellius. No doubt this will mean we will see a lot of Cellius titles pre installed on SonyEricsson handsets and on SonyEricsson portals to keep the revenues in-house as much as possible. A funny detail reveales the domain name Cellius is not owned by any of the parties and is registered in 2000.

KUJU OFFICIALLY ENDS MOBILE GAMES BUSINESS

Kuju has officially announced to close it’s mobile games business that served under the name Kuju Wireless. This is a logical standpoint after Kevin Holloway left Kuju Wireless back in 2005, taking most (branded) mobile games and distribution deals with him to form Finesse Mobile. In an article on MobileIndustry, Kuju boss Ian Baverstock explains about the official termination of Kuju’s mobile adventures.

CODEMASTERS HEADS TOWARD THE STOCK MARKET

Codemasters has announced plans to float onto the stock market. Even though 2005 showed a loss of more then $ 25 million, 2006 was profitable at $ 2.2 million while turnover hardly increased. Codemasters is or was one of the only big publishers in the UK to stay independent. In 2007, Codemasters hopes to have a turnover of $ 170 million with a 10% profit margin over all divisions including mobile games.

PLAYER X RECEIVED $ 9.89 MILLION FUNDING

Player X announced to have secured a $ 9.89 million funding from Nordic Venture partners, Long Acre Partners and Arts Alliance. Tony Pearce announced the funding will be used to reach the next stage of growth for the company. Player X recently expanded from a mobile game publisher to the mobile TV and Video arena.

BLADE INTERACTIVE GOES BIG

Blade Interactive (website not working currently) announced the set-up of BIG, a dedicated division for their mobile games. BIG clearly has been set up to convert Blade’s console and PC games into the mobile space. At the same time, they announced to have made a distribution deal on their first snooker game with I-Play. BIG has announced it expects to deliver at least 3 games this year of which World Snooker Championship will be the first and hopes to raise the bar in mobile gaming.

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