THE GLOBAL economic slowdown will hurt the mobile gaming market, Nokia has claimed.
Last year the mobile gaming world suffered an unexpected slump, but this year Nokia expects it to be as tough or even worse.
Western Europe and North America is suffering from a bad case of hiccups, Jaakko Kaidesoja, head of Nokia's gaming operations told Reuters.
He quoted the research outfit Informa saying that the mobile gaming market did not grow in 2007 after years of double-digit growth. Kaidesoja said wider economic problems would likely hurt the market in 2009.
He said that the overall gaming market is not growing, but some parts of the market, like pre-loaded games, emerging markets, N-Gage and Iphone, would still be viable.
Nokia has not had much luck with mobile gaming and launched its N-Gage as a gaming service six months ago. Kaidesoja said that it had grown slowly because users had to install the service on their phones.
He admitted that pre-installing the software in phones before they are sold and having a local billing system in place, beyond credit card payments, were the keys to reach wider takeup of the service.
So far N-Gage has been popular in Britain, Italy, Germany, Australia and Spain, as local billing systems through operators have been available in those countries. µ
Reuters via Yahoo
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