Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Sorrent, a leading creator and publisher of games for wireless devices, today announced that Sorrent will deliver its distinctive games for Qualcomm's Binary Runtime Environment for WirelessTM (BREW) platform, including sports games that deliver the rush of live action sports synonymous with FOX Sports. Other upcoming BREW titles from the team at Sorrent will be based on Yao Ming, one of the world's most popular professional basketball players; THE X-FILES, one of television's most popular science-fiction franchises; and DuraTrax, everyone's favorite radio-controlled cars.
"Sorrent games are developed from the ground up for mobile phones," said Scott Orr, CEO and chief creative officer at Sorrent. "The BREW platform and the advanced handsets it supports, allow Sorrent to push the envelope and create an unparalleled game experience for wireless users. In fact, the BREW version of our upcoming FOX Sports Basketball game will showcase fast, 3D-like animations, realistic sounds and Sorrent's smartest application interface yet."
"Sorrent is an innovative wireless games company and their upcoming BREW catalogue will give subscribers a selection of fun and feature-rich games that will create a buzz in the industry," said Gina Lombardi, senior vice president of marketing and product management, Qualcomm Internet Services. "We are thrilled to have Sorrent as a BREW partner, and we believe consumers will be eager to access and download Sorrent's visually impressive FOX Sports and THE X-FILES games. Sorrent is also demonstrating the flexibility and global reach of applications created for the BREW platform by enabling consumers in China to experience the challenge and excitement of Yao Ming Basketball on their BREW-enabled phones."
Sorrent currently offers FOX Sports On-Field Live Football, a fast-paced, competitive sports title, and Wild 8-Ball, an addictive pool-meets-poker puzzle game, through Verizon Wireless' BREW-enabled Get It NowSM service. Future Sorrent titles include FOX Sports On-Court LiveTM Basketball, THE X-FILES Adventure Game, and DuraTrax Mobile RCTM Racing for BREW subscribers in the United States, as well as Yao Ming Basketball for BREW subscribers in Greater China. These titles are expected to be available for BREW operators in the first half of 2003. Additional information on Sorrent games is available at www.sorrent.com.
Deployments of the BREW solution continue as operators throughout the world join Verizon Wireless and ALLTEL in the United States, KTF in South Korea, KDDI in Japan and China Unicom in commercializing BREW-based services. Brasilcel, a joint venture between Spain's Telefonica Moviles and Portugal Telecom, plans to roll out BREW services to subscribers in Latin America in March 2003. More than 40 BREW-enabled handset models are already available to consumers worldwide and more than 40 device manufacturers have indicated their interest in the BREW platform.
Qualcomm's BREW platform is a thin application execution environment that provides an open, standard platform for wireless devices. The BREW platform is part of a complete, end-to- end solution for wireless applications development, device configuration, application distribution, and billing and payment. The complete BREW solution includes the BREW SDKTM (software development kit) for developers, the BREW applications platform and porting tools for device manufacturers, and the BREW Distribution System (BDS) that is controlled and managed by operators - enabling them to easily get applications from developers to market and coordinate the billing and payment process. Operators' BREW-based services will enable consumers to customize their handsets by downloading applications over the air from an operator's application download server. The BREW platform is a product of QIS, a division within the Qualcomm Wireless&Internet (QWI) Group of Qualcomm Incorporated.
Sorrent is a leading creator and publisher of connected, interactive games for wireless and Internet-capable devices. With its proprietary convergent game platform, Convergence Everywhere LiveTM, Sorrent allows both mobile and land-based hardware to communicate simultaneously via the Internet. Sorrent games are produced by Sorrent Studios and marketed in partnership with global brands such as FOXSports.com, THE X-FILES and Yao Ming. Currently, Sorrent games are available through major U.S. wireless carriers including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Cingular, Nextel and Sprint. Sorrent has set the standard for wireless sports games with its solo and multiplayer games that are connected, persistent and convergent. Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., Sorrent is funded by NEA and Sienna Ventures. For more information, visit www.sorrent.com.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in theS&P500 Index and traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed and the BREW solution is adopted, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2002, and most recent Form 10-Q.