Spurred on by Euro 2000 football fever, Swedish mobile entertainment company, Picofun, has made its first interactive, multi-operator WAP game, Picofun Football, available for GPRS cellular phone users as well. The game, described as a "strategic, football manager-type" activity, allows users to buy and sell players to set up individual teams, and then challenge each other in tournaments. So that participants and fans can follow the activity, match results and statistics are also posted on the Picofun website.
"Early on we realised the potentials with GPRS, and rewriting Picofun Football for the platform is a natural step in our strive to be the leading developers of entertainment applications for the mobile internet," comments company ceo, Johan Lenander. "With GPRS, the users can enjoy faster, permanent connections as well as more advanced and complex applications."
According to the company its game was verified by Ericsson's Mobile Applications Initiative (MAI) laboratory in Sweden, and is soon to be followed by another GPRS application.
"In contrast to traditional entertainment solutions for cellular phones, we create communities through our games," adds Lenander. "GPRS will provide further proof that entertainment will be one of the key drivers in the development of the mobile internet."