BEDMINSTER, NJ — March Madness is here and so is FOX SportsTM On-Court LiveTM Basketball. You've played basketball on a console, PC, handheld and even on the hardwood, but you've never seen basketball like this. Sorrent, a leading creator and publisher of games for wireless devices, today launched FOX SportsTM On-Court LiveTM Basketball, a first person, two-on-two, in-your-face basketball game for Verizon Wireless Get It NowSM-enabled phones.
"March is a sacred time of year for basketball fans. While FOXSports.com delivers complete coverage of March Madness, our new wireless basketball game, 'FOX Sports Basketball,' will bring the heart-pumping action to your wireless phone," said Ross Levinsohn, SVP and general manager of FOXSports.com. "This is on-the-court, in-your-face action for serious basketball fans looking for a quick fix."
Conceived by Scott Orr, best known as the designer and executive producer of Madden NFL FootballTM, FOX Sports On-Court Live Basketball puts gamers in the middle of the action like never before. Instead of playing from a side/press-box view, players wear their team's jersey. The game features real-time offensive and defensive gameplay - rain the three, muscle down low for board-shattering jams, and play defense with in-your-face blocks.
"The timing for the On-Court Live Basketball game on our Get It Now service is just right-just as the games are heating up," said Jim Straight, vice president for wireless data and Internet services for Verizon Wireless. "Get It Now games are easy, interactive, affordable and fun-it hits the sweet spot for sports fans."
Verizon Wireless customers can download FOX Sports Basketball on select Get It Now phones for just $2.99 monthly access or $5.99 for unlimited play plus airtime charges for downloading. Get It Now phones are available in more than 1,200 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, at participating RadioShack stores, or on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
FOXSports.com (www.foxsports.com) is owned and managed by FOX Sports Networks, a subsidiary of FOX Entertainment Group, a division of News Corp. It is a comprehensive and entertaining online source of sports news, information, listings, games and special features about programming on FOX Sports, Fox Sports Net, FX, FOX Sports Radio and much more from the world of sports.
Sorrent is a leading creator and publisher of connected, interactive games for wireless and Internet-capable devices. With its proprietary convergent game platform, Convergence Everywhere LiveTM, Sorrent allows both mobile and land-based hardware to communicate simultaneously via the Internet. Sorrent games are produced by Sorrent Studios and marketed in partnership with global brands such as FOXSports.com, The X-Files and Yao Ming. Sorrent has set the standard for wireless sports games with its solo and multiplayer games that are connected, persistent and convergent. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Sorrent is funded by NEA and Sienna Ventures. For more information, visit www.sorrent.com.
Sorrent and We Create. You Play. Everywhere. are trademarks of Sorrent, Inc. FOX Sports is a registered trademark of FOX Interactive Television, LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 32.5 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com.
About Get It NowSM
Get It Now service from Verizon Wireless expands a wireless phone into an entertainment device that can also increase personal productivity. Customers with Get It Now-capable phones can download applications over the air and purchase them from their phones. Get Games and Get Fun keep customers entertained, while Get Going applications, made for today's mobile lifestyle, offers restaurant location services with maps, directions and more. View and share digital photos with Get Pix or identify incoming callers by assigning a unique ring with Get Tones. A variety of license-pricing options from a free demonstration to single use to monthly subscriptions are available.