BEDMINSTER, NJ and LOS ANGELES, CA — Verizon Wireless announced the nationwide availability of downloadable next-generation phone games from JAMDAT Mobile Inc., a leading publisher of entertainment applications and enabling technologies for wireless. Launched nationally on Verizon Wireless's network, the #1 wireless provider in the U.S., JAMDAT's suite of entertainment titles such as JAMDAT Bowling, JAMDAT Baseball and EA SPORTS™ 2002 FIFA World Cup™ On the Break, and EA Sports™ Tiger Woods PGA Tour® Golf, co-published with Electronic Arts, are exciting and unique mobile entertainment experiences never before available to mobile phone users in the United States.
"Today, through Verizon Wireless, the largest wireless provider in North America, consumers can now enjoy the popular brands and great games that JAMDAT Mobile has published for wireless," said Mitch Lasky, CEO of JAMDAT Mobile Inc. "JAMDAT's slate of games includes something for everyone. Users can tee off at Pebble Beach with EA SPORTS™ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Wireless Golf, bowl a strike with JAMDAT Bowling, or play JAMDAT Solitaire -- all with only a few simple keystrokes on their BREW-enabled wireless phones."
Each game published by JAMDAT for Verizon Wireless runs on QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW), an advanced platform which allows users to download the games over the air, which is currently available on the BREW-enabled Z-800. Verizon Wireless subscribers can select, purchase and download entertainment applications published by JAMDAT; once downloaded, these JAMDAT games do not require a wireless connection and can be accessed at anytime, anywhere without incurring airtime charges.
"Based on our initial launch of these wildly entertaining applications, we know our customers are having a lot of fun with our entertainment and gaming selections," said Jim Straight, vice president of Internet and data services for Verizon Wireless. "The creative options that JAMDAT brings to the table feeds our customers' cravings for these downloadable applications."
"JAMDAT created these applications with users in mind, delivering exciting, graphically rich games that can be played anywhere, at any time," added Lasky. "People take their cell phones on the go, so we've published games to provide entertainment on the go -- in line at the supermarket, on a school bus, or waiting in an airport lobby, for example."
The JAMDAT catalog of games for Verizon Wireless includes the following titles:
JAMDAT Bowling: Players must aim, adjust power and add spin to hit the pins perfectly for a strike. JAMDAT Bowling allows players to play a single game or a 3-game series, save high scores, and play in down-the-lane and top-down views. It also features aim, power and spin meters for maximum control, realistic bowling physics and dynamic game commentary.
JAMDAT Solitaire: JAMDAT Solitaire is four card games in one! Players can choose to play standard Solitaire and line up cards from Ace to King. Or, play Solitaire variations including Runaround, Take 20 and Two Close. For all ages and skill levels.
JAMDAT Baseball: JAMDAT Baseball is a wireless baseball simulation that allows players to battle through nine full innings to achieve victory. Players can control hitters, pitchers and fielders, manage team strategy, and have the option to call the bunt, the teak or the hit-and-run on offense. JAMDAT Baseball also features realistic pitching and hitting physics, providing exciting baseball thrills.
EA SPORTS™ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Wireless Golf: EA SPORTS™ Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® Wireless Golf, players can tee off on three of the top golf courses in the country: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and The Links at Spanish Bay. The game allows players to control the aim and power of their swing for maximum shot control. The game features realistic wind simulation, auto-zooming on greens and accurate portrayal of golf course characteristics. It also provides extensive player statistics and offers the choice of 1, 3, 9, and 18-hole rounds.
EA SPORTS™ 2002 FIFA World Cup™ - On The Break: With EA SPORTS™ 2002 FIFA World Cup™ - On The Break, allows players to take their favorite 2002 FIFA World Cup™ National Team to the ultimate victory! Penalty kick-style competition requires successful offensive shots on goals and goal stops on defense. Contains authentic player rosters.
JAMDAT Football: JAMDAT Football can be played by one or two players, offers running, passing and kicking options, and features ten single-player skill levels.
Diamond Mine: JAMDAT brings a top Internet game to mobile phones. Players must place three gems of the same type in a row to score points and save precious emeralds, rubies and diamonds from caving in when time expires. This wireless puzzle game offers Easy, Medium and Hard skill levels and features special move bonuses.
Minefield: The mission is to clear out the mines in the grid of squares without setting one of them off. Clues appear as numbers that represent the number of adjacent squares containing mines. The wireless adaptation of a popular puzzle concept requires logic and sometimes a little luck to clear all the mines.
Mummy Maze: With JAMDAT's wireless Mummy Maze game, players must search tombs for treasures and avoid a deadly mummy as they climb their way up an ancient pyramid. Ranked as a Top-10 Internet game, Mummy Maze features dozens of unique puzzle mazes, supports multiple skill levels and offers exciting gameplay for all ages.
Puzzle Penguin: The task is to use a penguin named "Puck" to push ice blocks located within a grid onto heaters so that they can be melted and clear paths to solve the puzzle. The overall objective is to move the ice blocks to clear the path in the fewest moves.
About JAMDAT Mobile Inc.
Los Angeles-based JAMDAT Mobile Inc. ( www.jamdatmobile.com) is a leading provider of mobile entertainment products, services and enabling technologies to wireless carriers, independent developers and publishers around the world. JAMDAT's applications and world-class technology product suite support next-generation wireless platforms used by carriers worldwide, including QUALCOMM's BREW™, Sun Microsystems' J2ME, and iAppli.
Founded by interactive entertainment executives from Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) and backed by wireless infrastructure leaders QUALCOMM Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW), and Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), JAMDAT is at the forefront of the technological and creative evolution in wireless entertainment. JAMDAT's unique combination of creative and technological expertise has positioned the company as the preferred mobile entertainment partner for wireless carriers, infrastructure companies and independent developers.
(C) 2002 JAMDAT Mobile Inc. JAMDAT and JAMDAT Mobile are trademarks of JAMDAT Mobile Inc. All rights reserved. EA SPORTS, the EA SPORTS logo and Electronic Arts are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. (C) 2002 Electronic Arts Inc. JAMDAT is an authorized Electronic Arts distributor. BREW is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP, Tiger Woods, PGA TOUR, and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.
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