THQ Inc. (Nasdaq: THQI) and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced a global agreement to develop a suite of games for Motorola's current and next-generation handsets.
As a result of this agreement, the companies will introduce new wireless games for Motorola mobile phones with Java(TM) 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) technology. The first four games, "WWF Mobile Madness(TM)," Tetris, Intellivision's AstroSmash and MotoGP will launch in North America in mid-January with worldwide distribution to follow throughout the year.
Under the new agreement, THQ will initially develop "WWF Mobile Madness(TM)," Tetris, MotoGP, Intellivision's AstroSmash and the popular puzzle game Snood for current and future J2ME(TM) technology-enabled phones from Motorola. The games, based on popular entertainment brands, will be optimized for Motorola's handsets and will exploit exciting new handset features to deliver an enhanced user experience. Some of the new games will be pre-installed on Motorola's handsets while others will be available on a website and from wireless network operators for consumers to wirelessly download.
Earlier this year, Motorola announced the first five J2ME(TM) technology-enabled mobile phones in North America as well as its first in Europe and Asia. J2ME(TM) technology allows users to continually upgrade their wireless devices with applications. The company expects that the majority of the handsets it will introduce in 2002 will also incorporate this technology.
"Motorola is investing heavily in mobile gaming," said Juan Montes, vice president of Entertainment Solutions for Motorola's Personal Communications Sector. "Motorola is experiencing tremendous success with 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,' a mobile game we have launched in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Our experience in mobile gaming shows that consumers value entertainment applications for Motorola wireless phones, and we see games as another powerful way to capture that excitement."
"According to a recent ARC Group study, mobile gaming is currently the third most popular mobile entertainment application behind information services and music, with 42.9 million wireless game players worldwide," stated Doug Dyer, General Manager, THQ Wireless. "We are delighted to be working with Motorola, one of the premier handset manufacturers worldwide, in bringing the next-generation of mobile gameplay to cell-phone users across the globe."
"Motorola is excited to offer customers its application-upgradeable handsets combined with THQ's catalog of entertainment titles and mobile game development expertise," said Peter Aloumanis, vice president and general manager of the U.S. Markets Division, Motorola's iDEN Subscriber Group. "We believe the detailed graphics and realistic animation of these newly developed games leverage the rich functionality of Motorola's devices while providing network operators with an opportunity to quickly generate revenue."
The THQ games being launched for Motorola's handsets later this month will be available for download at www.nextel.com/idenupdate.