Seems like we’ve been talking a lot about gaming lately, but hey, I’m not complaining. For a while now, there hasn’t been too much competitiveness in the realm of BlackBerry realm. We’ve talked a bunch about Magmic and their efforts, but no other name has really stuck out. Well, that’s about to change. Cell phone gaming king’s Gameloft have just announced that they’re making the jump to the BlackBerry platform.
Apart from the racing game Asphalt: Urban GT 2, Gameloftâ€™s titles for the BlackBerry will include a poker game, a battle simulation game, Midnight Pool and games based on the television shows â€œDesperate Housewivesâ€ and â€œLost.â€
But Gonzague de Vallois, vice president for publishing at Gameloft, said he suspected that one of the bigger sellers with the traditional BlackBerry crowd is likely to be Pro Golf 2007, which features Vijay Singh, a P.G.A. champion.
For Gameloft, which is based in Paris, making versions of its games for BlackBerry devices carries little risk. All of the companiesâ€™ titles are sold via download from its Web site, so there is no packaging and no middleman. Most of Gameloftâ€™s titles cost about $7.
Edward S. Williams, an analyst with BMO Capital Markets in New York, said the market for games on the BlackBerry is likely to stay relatively small for some time, given that most devices in use have limited graphics capability.