Handmark and Astraware have announced a new business relationship in which Astraware will become part of the Handmark family.
The companies says they have worked together on entertainment projects for several years. Astraware undertook development work on the Tetris Handmark major game license, and both companies already offer each otherís titles on their respective web shops.
Through the new relationship, Astraware will expand its existing UK games development studio to develop new high profile licenses as well as continuing work on original titles. In addition to Palm OS and Windows Mobile, Astraware will release their first titles for Symbian S60 and Symbian UIQ in the first quarter of 2008, and will add games for BlackBerry devices later in the year.
"We recognize the genius of the mobile gaming pioneers who created Astraware and welcome them to the Handmark family," said Paul Reddick, Handmark CEO. "We share a passion for delivering superior mobile experiences."
"For over 10 years, Astraware has successfully created some of the best mobile gaming brands in the industry, building a company through unparalleled focus on quality and customer satisfaction," said Howard Tomlinson, co-founder and CEO of Astraware. "I am excited to be joining forces with Handmark and we will be able to focus our experience and talent on creating games across more platforms, and together we will become one of the most powerful forces in the mobile gaming industry."
Handmark develops and distributes mobile media, focused information and entertainment content for BlackBerry, Palm Treo, Symbian, and Windows Mobile devices. Handmark manages distribution partnerships around the world with major device manufacturers and operators. These partnerships, along with its technology and distribution relationships with The Associated Press, Oxford University Press, MobiTV, TV Guide, EA Mobile, and Zagat Survey as well as all major U.S. mobile operators, play a large part in the companyís growth