TAITO Provides Social Game for Smartphones to China Market as First Service through Business Partnership with Tencent and GREE
Nov. 30, 2011
TOKYO, Japan - November 30, 2011 - GREE today announced that TAITO Corporation has extended its service of the SPY WARS™ game for Android™ devices, making it compatible to the Tencent Wireless Open Platform for Community*1 for smartphones. This enterprise is an extension of the partnership between GREE and Tencent, China's largest integrated Internet service provider with over 710 million*2 active QQ IM user accounts.
SPY WARS for Android is TAITO's first social game for the Tencent Wireless Open Platform for Community in China.
After the formation of their business alliance in January, Tencent and GREE standardized the specifications of their respective platforms. In addition, they have been providing business support to their development partners through localization. These services enable the development partners that adopt the GREE Platform and those that employ the Tencent Wireless Open Platform for Community to fully utilize their development know-how and easily develop their social applications on each other's social networking services (SNS).
Outline of the SPY WARS game for Android
Popular social game SPY WARS was originally released for feature phones in Japan. Players take on the role of espionage agents, embarking on missions with friendly agents in an effort to save the world from a host of insidious threats. In addition to leading other spies on missions assigned by headquarters, players can also foil enemy conspiracies by battling foreign agents directly and stealing their top secret documents. With plot twists worthy of a spy novel, a variety of exciting spy tools, and thrilling battles, SPY WARS offers unparalleled cooperative game play and communication.
Screenshots of SPY WARS for Android Devices
In China, the number of mobile users is rapidly increasing and further expansion of the market is expected. Aiming to stimulate China's fast-growing mobile game market, Tencent and GREE will continue to provide their development partners with an environment that supports their development both in Japan and China. TAITO will continue to deliver exciting social games to players in China and around the world.
About TAITO Corporation
TAITO Corporation (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS®, and developed such fan favorites as PUZZLE BOBBLE® (BUST-A-MOVE®) and ARKANOID®. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries.
More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.com/.
About GREE, Inc.
GREE provides Japan's leading mobile social network, and is at the forefront of mobile technology. GREE was ranked as Japan's fastest-growing tech company by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in 2010. GREE, following its acquisition of OpenFeint in April 2011, is expanding globally and will soon offer a single, worldwide mobile social gaming platform. Combined, GREE reaches over 150 million players and offers over 7,500 game applications for smartphones. GREE aims to build the leading mobile social gaming ecosystem for users and developers worldwide.
Tencent aims to enrich the interactive online experience of Internet users by providing a comprehensive range of Internet and wireless value-added services. Through its various online platforms, including Instant Messaging QQ, web portal QQ.com, the QQ Game platform under Tencent Games, multi-media social networking service Qzone and wireless portal, Tencent services the largest online community in China and fulfills the user's needs for communication, information, entertainment and e-Commerce on the Internet. Tencent has three main streams of revenues: Internet value-added services, mobile and telecommunications value-added services and online advertising. Shares of Tencent Holdings Limited are traded on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, under stock code 00700. The Company became one of the 43 constituents of the Hang Seng Index (HSI) on June 10, 2008.
*2 Company data: as of September 30, 2011