Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, along with leading mobile game publishers Electronic Arts (EA™) and Gameloft, today announced the commercial availability of wireless data services based on Qualcomm's BREW® solution for TIM customers. TIM, the largest mobile operator in Italy, is now offering a variety of new mobile games via the BREW Gaming Signature Solution with an initial line up of premium 3D titles from EA and Gameloft. Additionally, TIM subscribers will have access to 'Idle Mode' services, downloadable 'Themes' and direct access to content using Qualcomm's uiOne™ offering, which is focused on driving revenue via integrated, dynamic user experiences on wireless devices.
TIM subscribers can now purchase and download over-the-air, high-quality “native” wireless games, including Asphalt: Urban GT™ 2 - 3D; Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood™; Massive Snowboarding™ from Gameloft; EA SPORTS™ Fight Night Round 3; EA SPORTS 2006 FIFA World Cup™ and EA Bowling.
Users purchasing the Samsung Z630 handset will be able to access a free download of Asphalt: Urban GT 2 - 3D and free download demos of the other titles. Users purchasing the ONDA Communication N5050 will have access to pre-loaded demo versions of most titles.
“With the commercial launch of these advanced mobile games, TIM now offers Italian mobile users an exciting and immersive mobile gaming experience,” said Peggy Johnson, president of Qualcomm Internet Services and Qualcomm MediaFLO Technologies. “Teaming up with Qualcomm, EA and Gameloft is just the latest step in TIM's overall efforts to leverage 3G and HSDPA networks and provide subscribers with cutting edge mobile entertainment and a high-quality mobile experience.”
“As the first operator in Europe to launch services based on Qualcomm's BREW Gaming Signature Solution, TIM is committed and well positioned to deliver the ultimate gaming experience for our subscribers,” said Massimo Castelli, chief marketing officer, Telecom Italia. “We are excited to offer this initial line up of 3D gaming titles from EA and Gameloft - names that have become synonymous with innovation and high performance in the mobile gaming world.”
“We continue to realize tremendous value from the BREW solution, as it has enabled us to publish and develop some of the most advanced mobile games available today and efficiently deliver and monetize them to users around the world,” said Javier Ferreira, vice president, European publishing, EA. “With gaming as one of the most exciting and dynamic sectors in the mobile entertainment space, we believe that the relationship between TIM and Qualcomm will significantly raise the bar for mobile gamers in Europe.”
“TIM's deployment of the BREW Gaming Signature Solution provides Gameloft with an opportunity to expand our native games portfolio in Europe, a market in which we expect to see increased demand for higher-quality mobile games,” said Gonzague de Vallois, vice president of publishing, Gameloft. “However, the real winners are TIM's subscribers, as they will be able to enjoy some of the most advanced wireless services and 3D games available anywhere in the world.”
The BREW solution drives the discovery and delivery of innovative data services. It includes several offerings such as: uiOne for rich, integrated and dynamic user experiences with fast access to high-revenue services on wireless devices, and deliveryOne™ for differentiated and tightly integrated, operator-managed support and delivery of advanced wireless data content and services.
Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers, cellular handsets and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS, EA, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2006, EA posted revenue of $2.95 billion and had 27 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com. More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at info.ea.com.
Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones. Founded in 1999, it has emerged as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, BREW or Symbian technology. The total number of mobile handsets with this technology is expected to exceed two billion units in 2008 (ARC GROUP). For more information, visit: www.gameloft.com.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2006 FORTUNE 500® company 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 and BREW are deployed, 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 24, 2006, and most recent Form 10-Q.