Accedo Secures ITV Games Deployments with OTE, Chunghwa Telecom
Accedo Broadband, an aggregator and distributor of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices (note: the company, which was founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs, Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson, offers a range of applications, including game, quiz, puzzle, video-art, karaoke, weather, communications and user-generated content apps; it has deals in place to provide games packages to a line-up of customers that includes BT, Inuk, and PCCW), has secured a deal to supply its interactive gaming applications to Greek tier-one telco, OTE, for inclusion in the latter's Conn-X IPTV service. According to Accedo, the deal will see it offering a constantly updated selection of casual games on the service, including arcade, board, puzzle and card games. "We are proud that OTE, yet another tier-one telecom operator, has chosen Accedo," Accedo CEO, Lantz, said in a prepared statement. "Accedo's casual gaming solution has proven carrier-grade quality and scales easily to millions of IPTV game users. The Greek IPTV market is one of the most promising and fast-growing markets in the world, and we are excited to launch the initial game service in the near future."
In other Accedo Broadband news:
- The company has teamed with Taiwan's Joymaster, a company best known as a mobile content provider, to launch interactive TV games on Taiwanese telco Chunghwa Telecom's IPTV service, MOD TV. As of September, 2008, 591,000 of Chunghwa's 4.3 million broadband subscribers were also subscribed to MOD TV. The new MOD interactive TV games service offers a range of casual puzzle, sports, action and table games including such titles as "Home Run," "Circus," "Rockswap Adventures" and "Black Jack" from both Accedo and Joymaster. The games are being offered free of charge during a one-month promotional period, and can then be accessed either via a monthly subscription or on a pay-per-play basis. According to the companies, games will be refreshed on a regular basis. The service includes a leaderboard that lets players keep track of their high scores and compete with one another. "This is our first time to launch a service on an IPTV platform," Joymaster general manager, Joseph Lien, said in a prepared statement. "We believe that our co-operation with Accedo and Chunghwa Telecom will provide an exciting interactive experience to MOD users." Added Accedo's Michael Lantz: "Joymaster is very experienced in the Taiwan mobile and online gaming industry. We are pleased to have them as our local partner to develop a compelling game offering for MOD subscribers."
- The company has signed a distribution agreement with CloverLeaf Digital that will see the latter distributing its games to North American telcos. For more on this, see article in this issue.