Glu Mobile signs on for N-Gage platform … yes, that N-Gage platform

The N-Gage is coming back, baby — whether you want it or not. And, in Nokia’s first step toward mobile cell phone gaming and what not dominance, they’ve brought Glu Mobile on board to help with the games side of this ambitious venture. Here are the details:

Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, and Glu Mobile, a leading global publisher of mobile games, announced today that Glu will be publishing a selection of mobile games and content on the N-Gage platform. Glu’s portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles like Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and the Ancient Empires franchise, as well as titles based on major brands from Atari, Harrah’s, Hasbro, Microsoft, PlayFirst, PopCap Games  and Sony.

N-Gage: The thing you know you didn’t want that just won’t die. Good luck N-Gage, you’re a tough little guy. Full press release after the jump.

 

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Glu Mobile and Nokia announce collaboration to bring Glu games to N-Gage platform

Espoo, Finland – Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, and Glu Mobile, a leading global publisher of mobile games, announced today that Glu will be publishing a selection of mobile games and content on the N-Gage platform. Glu’s portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles like Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and the Ancient Empires franchise, as well as titles based on major brands from Atari, Harrah’s, Hasbro, Microsoft, PlayFirst, PopCap Games  and Sony.

“Glu Mobile is one of the driving forces in the mobile gaming industry and we’re excited to be working with them to bring premium mobile game experiences to our N-Gage platform,” said Gregg Sauter, Director, Games Publishing, Nokia. “Glu’s reputation and experience in creating compelling mobile games makes them a natural fit for the N-Gage platform.”

“We’re excited to be part of Nokia’s mobile gaming efforts, and are impressed with the offering that Nokia has brought together with its new N-Gage Platform,” said Kristian Segerstråle, Managing Director, EMEA, Glu Mobile. “The combination of Nokia’s hardware and mobile platform vision and expertise along with Glu’s top-rated, quality mobile games will deliver consumers a truly unique immersive entertainment experience.”

The first Glu title currently planned for the platform is World Series of Poker® Texas Hold’em (WSOP), which allows players to compete at tables with up to eight mobile gamers against WSOP champions such as Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and Scott Fischman. World Series of Poker Texas Hold’em is among the portfolio of games, applications and wallpapers that Glu is developing and publishing based on a multi-year, worldwide alliance with Harrah’s License Company, LLC, an affiliate of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: HET).

About N-Gage

Nokia is an innovator in mobile, interactive entertainment and is re-defining the mobile gaming experience. Starting in 2007, Nokia’s N-Gage platform will allow consumers around the world to easily find, buy, play and manage premium quality mobile games on upcoming Nokia Nseries multimedia computers and other Nokia S60 devices.  N-Gage offers a global games platform that includes community features that allow users to easily interact with friends and share gaming experiences – anytime, from anywhere   Nokia is working with the world’s leading publishers to deliver a broad portfolio of exciting, high quality games.

www.n-gage.com

About Nokia

Nokia is a world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

About Glu Mobile

Glu is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and the Ancient Empires franchise, and titles based on major brands from Atari, Harrah’s, Hasbro, Microsoft, PlayFirst, PopCap Games, SEGA and Sony. Founded in 2001, Glu is based in San Mateo, California and has offices in London, Hong Kong, France, Germany and Brazil. Consumers can find high quality, fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile phones wherever they see the ‘g’ character logo or at www.glu.com.

Robert Summa