Nokia today unveiled a tool designed to make it easier and cheaper to create N-Gage Arena tournaments.
The mobile firm said that its Global Arena Tournament Tool allows operators and retailers to create their own branded N-Gage Arena tournaments with a variety of Arena-enabled N-Gage games.
Working together with the N-Gage Arena support team, Nokia claimed that tournaments can be created and launched "in a matter of weeks".
The tool allows national or global tournaments to be tailored for specific retailers, a specific title or a specific city, region or country.
Participants can sign up for an N-Gage Arena competition via an operator or retailer hosted website or xHTML site. Once registered, participants can play the selected game and upload their performance results to the N-Gage Arena via their N-Gage game deck.
Registered players then have their scores included in the competition. The operator or retailer running the competition determines the length of the tournament, which can last a day, a week or a whole year.
The first competition using the Global Arena Tournament Tool will start today with Finnish mobile network operator DNA using Codemaster's Colin McRae Rally 2005.
"The Global Arena Tournament Tool makes it easy for operators and retailers to set up and run their own branded N-Gage Arena tournaments for their customers," said Gerard Wiener, director of network gaming services at Nokia.
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