Well, you can if you ask nicely. Nokia announced today that the Arena system is open to Operators and Retailers to create a branded competition in the Arena. Starting of is Finnish network DNA, who will be running a Colin McRae 2005 (http://www.allaboutngage.com/games/viewgame.php?id=47) tournament for the Finns. As long as the Arena never looses the overall global competitions, then we think this is a great idea. Now if only we can have an "All About Tony Hawk" competition for our readers...
Nokia Launches Tool For Quick And Easy N-Gage Arena Tournaments
First tournament run with Finnish operator DNA and Colin McRae Rally 2005
Espoo, Finland - Nokia today announced that it has launched a tool to make creating N-Gage Arena Tournaments quick and easy with a minimal investment. The Global Arena Tournament Tool enables operators and retailers the possibility to create their own branded N-Gage Arena tournaments with a wide range of Arena enabled N-Gage games. The first competition using the Global Arena Tournament Tool will start today with Finnish mobile network operator DNA and using Codemaster's acclaimed Colin McRae Rally 2005.
"The Global Arena Tournament Tool makes it easy for operators and retailers to set up and run their own branded N-Gage Arena tournaments for their customers," said Gerard Wiener, Director, Network Gaming Services, Nokia. "We're happy to kick off the first tournament created with the tool with DNA Finland and we welcome anyone else who is interested in running their own branded N-Gage Arena tournament."
"Running an N-Gage Arena tournament is a great way for us to generate interest around our leading role in expanding mobile gaming in Finland," said Markku Siikala, Head of Content and Services, DNA Finland. "All N-Gage game deck owners in Finland can participate, regardless of their network provider, and with a superb title like Colin McRae 2005 to play, we are sure to see some fast-paced rally competition."
The Global Arena Tournament Tool enables operators or retailers to run their own branded N-Gage Arena tournaments. Working together with the N-Gage Arena support team, the tournament can be created and launched in a matter of weeks. The tool's flexibility means that tournaments can be tailored for specific retailers, a specific title or even a specific city, region or country. Even global tournaments are easy to arrange.
Participants may sign up for an N-Gage Arena competition via an operator or retailer hosted website or xHTML site. Once registered, participants can play the selected game and upload their performance results to the N-Gage Arena via their N-Gage game deck. Registered players then have their scores tagged to be included in the competition. The operator or retailer running the competition determines the length of the tournament, which can last a day, a week or even a whole year.
Tournaments can be combined with marketing efforts to boost sales promotions and related activities. In addition to exposure with key target audiences, the N-Gage Arena tournaments help generate interest and activity for operators and retailers, whether their online presence or physical store locations.
15-12-2004, 09:47 PM
No one seems to have noticed the contest yet so it looks like I'm going to stay in the top five which means I'll win a prize of some sort.
(Sorry to be out of touch Ewan, been a bit busy. Bad news on Taito Memories I'm afraid, but more about that in an email.)