- Mobile Gamers Live The Action -
Bordeaux, France, May 29th, 2002 - IN-FUSIO, a leading mobile games service provider, today announced the international launch of Football Fans - the first downloadable, interactive colour* football game available to mobile subscribers.
Unlike other so called mobile football games, which are no more than questions and answers via SMS or simple penalty kicks, players of Football Fans choose from 32 national teams and compete in a replica tournament of the football world cup. Once past the group, stage teams go forward to compete in a true-to-life knock-out tournament until the final and, if their skills are up to scratch, world cup glory.
Three other game modes are available: Friendly; Cup, and Championship - which replicates the popular national championships. Football Fans tests the skill, strategy and judgement of players, who can also decide an offensive, average or a defensive style of play, substitute players, master throw-ins, tackles, passing and shooting.
IN-FUSIO announced that Football Fans has been launched by Vodafone D2 in Germany, Orange France, China Mobile under the name "Football Fans"; SFR in France who has named it "Foot Challenge 2" and Vodafone Omnitel in Italy under the name: "Football". Telefonica Moviles will launch the game as "Football" next month. Mobile operators can adapt Football Fans to differentiate the offering.
To highlight the potential of mobile gaming and to increase the game play sensation, players of IN-FUSIO's Football Fans can download further teams to compete against. Additionally, operators can run competitions via IN-FUSIO's game management platform - players simply send a SMS to register their score.
Football Fans is available on mobile phones which have IN-FUSIO's ExEn(r) games engine (Execution Engine) embedded on them.** Delivering full-colour compatibility, reduced download times, enhanced graphics, ExEn(V2 has raised the bar for mobile gaming and offers operators an advanced solution for the immediate delivery of revenue-generating VAS (value added services). Operators see ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) rise by more than five per cent when ExEn(r) is loaded on handsets.
Stéphane Vergnères, product manager at IN-FUSIO commented: "We're thrilled with the quality, fun packed content, and revenue generating potential that Football Fans delivers. The beautiful game can now be played from anywhere, and mobile gamers have the chance to become world football champions! More importantly for operators, Football Fans represents a unique mechanism to engage their customers, excite and retain them and increase ARPU at the same time."
Notes to editors
* Football fans can also be played on black & white mobile handsets.
**ExEn and Football Fans is/will be available from a number of leading mobile operators. Handsets which are ExEn(r) enabled include: Philips: (Xenium, Azalis, Fisio) Trium by Mitsubishi: (Mars, Luna, Neptune, Trium 110, Laser, Eclipse colour phone) Sagem: (3000 series) Siemens: (SL42 and the new M50).
Screen shots of Football Fans are available on request as is an animated file of a game.
IN-FUSIO is a mobile games service provider. Created in August 1998, it was the first to launch the concept of games for mobile phones. Today, IN-FUSIO is Europe's leader in downloadable games, providing a global gaming service to mobile operators. The company has reinforced its market leading position thanks to its downloadable games, made possible with the ExEn download gaming engine and Gamezilla platform. IN-FUSIO's downloadable games now have an average penetration rate of 60% amongst owners of ExEn enabled handsets. IN-FUSIO has over 1 million game sessions played and paid for every month!
IN-FUSIO games are currently available through mobile operators and portals, including: D2 Vodafone, Orange France, Omnitel Vodafone, Telefonica Moviles, SFR (Vodafone), China Mobile, Vizzavi Europe, Terra Mobile, T-Motion, Sunday, and Telstra. The company also has partnerships with manufacturers such as Siemens, Motorola, Sagem, Philips, and Trium; game studios and publishers such as IOMO, Kaolink, Ulysseo, CryoNetworks and Kalisto; and licensors such as Universal, Abalone and Smiley. These partnerships ensure the very best games can be adapted to all handsets.
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