Sony enters the mobile gaming market

Sony enters the mobile gaming market

Thursday, March 24, 2016 Totally Gaming
Studio will initially focus on Asia

Consumer electronics giant Sony has announced plans to open a game development studio that will be focused exclusively on mobile gaming.

ForwardWorks Corporation will be based in Tokyo and will launch on April 1. Sony said today that it will bring its PlayStation franchises to mobile and is aimed at deploying “new services toward the ever-expanding smart device market”.

The games will be created for Android and iOS devices.

Sony Japan’s Atsushi Morita will head up the new studio, with Andrew House, the president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, serving on the board.

ForwardWorks releases are currently only planned for release in Japan and Asia.

However, in its announcement, Sony said that it would “vigorously maximise the corporate value and create new business opportunities through the establishment of ForwardWorks”, suggesting a broader international outlook in the future.

TotallyGaming.com says:

The entrance of Sony into the mobile gaming sector is a significant move from one of the most recognisable names in the consumer electronics market into one of the hottest game development markets worldwide. As attendees at ICE Totally Gaming in February will have seen, Japan is a rapidly expanding market for mobile gaming studios. Although betting on mobile games is not legal in Japan itself, the country’s companies works with numerous social gaming providers worldwide. Sony’s investment in the sector can only help the creative market to flourish.

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