Indiagames nets ‘Spider-Man’ deal for mobiles

By : |September 17, 2003 0



BANGALORE: Indiagames has won world rights to sell a mobile phone game based on Spider-Man.

Vishal Gondal, a 27-year-old heading more than 100 software programmers and designers at privately-held Indiagames Ltd, believes the deal with Marvel Enterprises Inc and video game publisher Activision Inc is the door to a fortune.

The game developed by Indiagames features Spider-Man rescuing New Yorkers kidnapped by his enemy, the Green Goblin. Players can make their hero scale skyscrapers and spin webs around enemies.

Under a licence from the U.S. firms, Indiagames will also sell ringtones and screensavers based on the Spider-Man character to telecom giants including Nokia Corp and Hutchison.

South Asia’s largest ICT publishing company, Cyber Media (India) Ltd (CYBERMEDIA), has consolidated its multimedia business by moving into the new frontier –games software– by investing in the country’s largest developer in this field, Indiagames Ltd.

Indiagames delivers interactive entertainment content on the Internet, broadband, wireless and kiosk-based platforms. The company has produced some of India’s most advanced games, including India’s first 3-D game, Yoddha.

“This deal puts us into a new growth orbit,” Gondal, who has been a gaming fanatic since his childhood, told Reuters.

The game will be released in eight languages including English, German, Chinese and Italian and made available in a few weeks through Indiagames’ distribution network of about 50 telecom operators, Gondal said.

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Indiagames has so far developed more than 40 games for some of the biggest Hollywood studios and phonemakers such as Nokia.
Gondal started his firm with about $1 million venture funding 1999. His rivals now include French video games maker Gameloft and Japanese commercial game machine maker Taito Corp.

“Just a few years ago, our biggest challenge was to convince potential clients that a company based out of India could develop a wide array of games,” he said.
“Now, we have the whole world open to us.”

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