Glu Announces Deal to Bring ''Age of Empires III'' to Mobile Phones Worldwide
Leading Mobile Games Publisher to Develop and Publish Another Microsoft Game Studios Title for Mobile
Game Developers Conference 2007
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Game Developers Conference 2007, Glu Mobile, a leading global publisher of mobile games, announced an agreement with Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to develop and publish a mobile adaptation of "Age of Empires III", based on the award-winning real-time strategy (RTS) franchise for the PC developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft Game Studios. Through the agreement, Glu has secured worldwide rights to develop and publish a new mobile game based on "Age of Empires III", the third installment in the series that has sold a staggering 16 million copies worldwide.
"We're excited to partner with Microsoft on another of their most valued brands," said Jill Braff, general manager of North America, Glu Mobile. "Age of Empires is one of the highest-rated and best-selling RTS franchises on the PC, and we look forward to working with Microsoft to replicate that success on mobile."
This publishing partnership builds on the existing relationship between Glu and Microsoft through which Glu developed and published Project Gotham Racing Mobile, which launched worldwide earlier this year. "Age of Empires III" for mobile phones is scheduled to launch worldwide in 2008.
"Glu's passion and experience with mobile games is well-known, and we're happy to extend our relationship with Glu and see the 'Age of Empires III' experience made available to a new audience," said Sandy Ting, Director of Business Development for Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business.
About Glu Mobile
Glu is a leading global publisher of mobile games. Its portfolio of top-rated games includes original titles Super K.O. Boxing!, Stranded and the Ancient Empires franchise, and titles based on major brands from Atari, Harrah's, Hasbro, Microsoft, PlayFirst, PopCap Games, SEGA and Sony. Founded in 2001, Glu is based in San Mateo, California and has offices in London, Hong Kong, France, Germany and Brazil. Consumers can find high quality, fresh entertainment created exclusively for their mobile phones wherever they see the 'g' character logo or at www.glu.com.
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