Nokia announced today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in China the beginning of a collaboration with SINA Corporation, a Chinese leading online media company that provides value-added information services. SINA Corporation just launched five mobile games powered by SNAP Mobile, Nokia's Java gaming solution.
Chinese subscribers can now try, at SINA's MoGame website, the new games: Sudoku, Jellypop, 3D Pool Hall and also upgraded versions of Stone Park and Link Up. The free trial version of the games can be downloaded and played twice offline. To play more and access more features, users must buy subscriptions. A 24 hour subscription (meaning unlimited play online or offline in a 24 hour interval) costs 1 RMB, the equivalent of about 13 cents.
Terry Tian, Network Business Dept Director at SINA, said: "SINA found SNAP Mobile to be the optimal platform to build connected mobile games on. The platform provides a basis to develop games that are usable by the vast majority of mobile devices in China. We have already successfully deployed several innovative connected casual games for new users to try today. This is just the start."
"Working with SINA has really put the games powered by SNAP Mobile to the test. With over 500 million daily page views on SINA's site, the traffic is monumental," says Antoine Doumenc, head of SNAP Mobile. "It's a very significant milestone to see that the most recognized Internet brand in China has successfully deployed a connected mobile games offering using SNAP Mobile. We're looking forward to developing even more games for SINA customers to play."
The launching of SNAP Mobile Games for SINA Corporation comes after another launch, a few days ago, for the German market. So it seems like Nokia really wants to provide the world with games. And this is, of course, a good thing.