Nokia has confirmed that its N-Gage platform will be phased out next year, with all the company’s mobile games activities to be channelled through Ovi Store instead.
The news will surprise few in the industry, as most of the execs involved with the N-Gage platform have either left Nokia or been reshuffled into other jobs within the company in recent months.
Mark Ollila, now director of X-Media Solutions, Media & Games at Nokia, explained the decision to ME.
We are not releasing any more games on N-Gage, although the store – the ability to buy N-Gage games – will remain open until at least September 2010, and the N-Gage service will run through to the end of 2010," he says.
"The message is that Ovi Store is the place to find and purchase mobile games. It’s our one-stop shop for games."
There’s plenty more analysis on this story over on Mobile Entertainment.