June 08, 2004
New version of the beloved classic game gives players the chance to compete
against others in multiplayer skills-based tournaments for prizes
San Diego – June 8, 2004 – Namco America, one of the industry’s premier multi-platform game publishers, and Atlas Mobile, a leader in mobile, skills-based multiplayer tournament games, today announced a partnership to create and publish MS. PAC-MAN® Tournaments for Prizes™ for BREW-enabled mobile phones. MS. PAC-MAN Tournaments for Prizes will be available for commercial release to mobile operators in the third quarter of 2004. This announcement was made at the BREW 2004 Developers Conference being held June 7-9 in San Diego.
MS. PAC-MAN, the sequel to one of the most popular and enduring titles in the history of video games, pits the title character on a quest to move through mazes and collect dots and fruit while avoiding ghosts. In this update on the wildly successful classic, mobile phone users will have the opportunity to compete for fun and prizes in continuous head-to-head and progressive skills-based tournaments.
Leveraging Atlas Mobile’s tournament network and expertise, MS. PAC-MAN Tournaments for Prizes is the first title in the PAC-MAN series to allow players to win prizes such as CDs, DVDs and gift cards by winning tournaments against other mobile phone users. To ensure fairness, contestants will always play identical mazes as their opponents.
“We are happy to partner with Atlas Mobile to create a fun, new interactive version of MS. PAC-MAN,” said Kenji Hisatsune, executive vice president and COO of Namco America. “This edition will let our fans play against each other in tournaments over mobile phones. We think this is a unique and differentiated product, based on the service Atlas Mobile offers.”
“MS. PAC-MAN is one of the most well-known and beloved game characters of all time,” said Isaac Babbs, president and CEO of Atlas Mobile. “We are incredibly pleased to bring this title to our tournament system and expect that gamers everywhere will be excited by the challenge of competing against one another, especially since prizes are at stake. This adds a refreshing new dynamic to an already great game.”
“QUALCOMM is very pleased that the BREW solution is enabling companies like Atlas Mobile to bring fresh twists to classic games in the mobile gaming arena,” said Mike Yuen, director of BREW Developer Relations for QUALCOMM Internet Services. “The BREW solution’s open, standards-based approach and comprehensive business and technical offering are allowing companies such as Namco America and Atlas Mobile to bring entertainment and competition to mobile phone users around the world.”
QUALCOMM’s BREW solution provides products and services that connect the mobile marketplace value chain, which includes publishers, developers, content providers, device manufacturers, operators and consumers.
Publishers and developers worldwide are generating revenue from BREW-based applications and content, and 26 manufacturers have offered more than 135 BREW-enabled device models to consumers. BREW is successfully enabling the commercial wireless data services of many successful operators, including Verizon Wireless, ALLTEL, Cellular One, MetroPCS, Midwest Wireless NTELOS and U.S. Cellular in the United States, China Unicom, KDDI in Japan, KTF in South Korea, Hutch in Thailand, Telstra in Australia, VIVO in Brazil, BellSouth Chile, BellSouth Colombia, BellSouth Ecuador, BellSouth Guatemala, BellSouth Nicaragua, BellSouth Panama, BellSouth Perú, Telefónica Móviles in Peru, Movicom in Argentina, Telcel and Movilnet in Venezuela, Verizon Dominican Republic, Verizon Wireless Puerto Rico, Pelephone in Israel and Zapp in Romania.
About Namco AmericaNamco America Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Namco Limited, a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Committed to providing the ultimate interactive entertainment experience, Namco uses cutting-edge technology and advanced electronics to take their wireless, coin-op, and home video games far beyond traditional entertainment. For more information about Namco mobile games, please visit: www.namcogames.com .
About Atlas Mobile, Inc. Atlas Mobile is a mobile game services company focused on delivering the best skills-based multiplayer tournament games on mobile phones. Atlas provides a complete client-server tournament service and a series of well-known, easy-to-learn, casual games. Every Atlas Mobile game encourages mobile phone players to compete against each other to win prizes in continuous head-to-head and weekly progressive tournaments. Atlas Mobile is based in San Mateo, California. Competition goes Mobile ™. Visit Atlas Mobile at http://www.atlas-mobile.com .
###MS. PAC-MAN is a registered trademark of Namco Ltd. (c) 1982 Namco Ltd. All rights reserved. For Prizes™ is a trademark of Atlas-Mobile, Inc. QUALCOMM and BREW are registered trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. All other brands are registered trademarks of their respective owners.