Nokia is shutting down N-Gage service in September 2010, your game are safe
This latest news really doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me personally. Reuters is reporting that Nokia’s N-Gage gaming service will be shut down at the end of September 2010. The community site will be open through the end of 2010 and then all future games will be available through the Ovi Store. I like the interface of N-Gage (very much like XBox 360 gamer tag system) and thought it offered some good games, but it just never seemed to take off no matter how hard Nokia tried. I had to designate one device to gaming because it was virtually impossible to transfer game license to another device and I never could stay with one device too long.
I doubt this shutdown will affect too many people, except for the die hard gamers. I personally enjoy games purchased through companies like Spb Software House and Astraware on my Nokia devices and found little use for N-Gage. I haven’t found an official press release yet so am not stating this as fact yet.
Are any readers N-Gage fans? Will you miss the service?
UPDATE: There is now a post over on the N-Gage Blog and as you can see all your game will still be playable after 2010, you just won’t have the social, connected aspects available.