Sun signs Java deals with Nokia, Infinium

Technology giant Sun Microsystems has made fresh moves into the games market, signing deals with Nokia and Infinium Labs which will see its Java technology being tied in to the SNAP platform and Phantom Game Service respectively. Announced at the JavaOne 2004 conference event, the deal with Nokia will see the SNAP Mobile platform solution - which the Finnish mobile phone firm purchased from Sega ahead of the launch of N-Gage - being integrated into Sun's relevant Java 2 platform systems.

This will provide developers with what the companies describe as an "end to end solution" for connected mobile Java games, with the SNAP system primarily providing multiplayer functionality to the titles. "We want to help build a holistic Java multiplayer community solution for operators and service providers," according to Nokia's senior VP for games, Ilkka Raiskinen. "Working with Sun... to create a healthy game development ecosystem makes great sense for us."

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