This is gonna be one very sad news from Nokia. According to them in the latest N-gage blog post, Nokia will be shutting down the N-gage gaming service under the OVI umbrella by 2010 and they will ‘no longer publish new games for the N-Gage platform’. That doesn’t mean the end of the gaming segment for Nokia because according to the same blogpost, the games will be provided via its Ovi Store service instead.
Some important notes on this:
- Nokia will no longer publish new games via the N-Gage service. Instead games will be made available via the Ovi Store.
- N-Gage games can be purchased until September 2010. Other parts of the N-Gage service, including N-Gage Arena, will be availale throughout 2010.
- The N-Gage application will continue to ship on some older devices. However new devices will not ship with the N-Gage application.
- All current N-Gage will continue to work. The online (Arena) elements will continue to work throughout 2010. However, subsequently, the online elements of N-Gage games will no longer work.
- Nokia’s future gaming strategy will be based on Ovi Store distribution.
Looking back at some games I really loved playing on the N-gage…
… and many more.
Thanks Nokia for bringing us a revolutionary gaming service since 2003 and hope the OVI Store will create a new wave in the industry.