This includes Bouygues Telecom (France), COSMOTE (Greece), e-plus (Germany), and KPN (Netherlands).
The tournament is based around Namco's brand new high-score version of PAC-MAN, which allows users to upload their highest scores from the mobile version of PAC-MAN to compare it with other users, locally and internationally.
The competition will run from 4-6 weeks, starting in mid August. The player in each territory with the highest score will continue onto the Grand Final in the UK in November, where they will compete live and head-to-head with the other winners on an original PAC-MAN arcade machine at the famous Namco Station entertainment centre at County Hall, in the heart of London.
The overall winner will become PAC-MAN European Champion 2005, and walk away with a rare and exclusive 25th anniversary branded PAC-MAN arcade machine, featuring three classic Namco arcade titles – the original PAC-MAN, Ms.PAC-MAN™ and Galaga™.
i-mode subscribers can enter the competition by downloading the game from Namco's recently re-designed PAC-MAN ARCADE i-mode site.
Mr. Takeshi Natsuno, Senior Vice President,Managing Director, Multimedia Services, NTT DoCoMo, Inc., said, “Since i-mode was first introduced to the European market in 2002, it has proven very successful, offering access to a wide range of innovative services. Namco has been an excellent partner during this time and has offered i-mode customers fun and entertaining content from the very beginning. By taking part in the PAC-MAN Tournament with Namco, we hope to show mobile game fans all over Europe just how exciting i-mode can be."
Tadashi Fukumoto, the Vice President for Namco Limited’s Web & Mobile Content division, said, “In Namco's 50th anniversary year, we are very proud to be hosting Europe's first international cross-network operator tournament alongside DoCoMo Europe and our operator partners. Here in Japan, we launched our i-mode service back in 1999 and through working very closely with DoCoMo, we have learned a great deal about how to successfully run our own sites. This is the first of many exciting and innovative projects we have planned for the future." www.namcomobile.com