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Nokia Killing Off N-Gage, Ovi Store to Replace It

Nokia's still the largest cell phone manufacturer in the world, no matter the number of BlackBerrys and iPhones you may see floating around you. And with that, you'd figure that the Finnish mobiles company would have a successful gaming platform with the surging growth of cell phone games. Well, in some ways, the N-Gage was Nokia's dream, but the dream is now over.

Nokia last week revealed that it is pulling the plug on N-Gage at the end of September 2010. That doesn't mean that Nokia has thrown in the towel for games, but rather now all apps will be rolled into the Ovi Store.

Here are some other clips from the official blog post to answer some of your other questions:

So, you might ask, what will happen to the current N-Gage platform?
N-Gage games can be purchased until the end of September 2010. While the N-Gage.com site together with the N-Gage Arena and other community features will remain in operation throughout 2010, the Ovi Store will be the new central place for all the mobile games that Nokia and other publishers offer from this point forward. We will no longer publish new games for the N-Gage platform.

What will happen to my games?
Your games are safe - all your purchased N-Gage games will continue to work on your N-Gage compatible mobile device and they’re yours to keep. However, community features of the games will not be functional after 2010.

Why doesn’t Nokia keep N-Gage as a separate gaming platform?
As mobile gaming evolves and begins to encompass social gaming, we want to offer one store front with an even broader portfolio of games – games for everyone. It’s much more convenient to have one place to get all your mobile games, and this it what Ovi Store https://store.ovi.com/games provides. Mobile gaming is one of the most popular activities in the Ovi Store, with games being the #2 most downloaded category for premium content. And besides having all mobile games in one place, people can access other services like Mail, Maps, Music and many more via www.ovi.com.

Do you have an N-Gage phone? If so, is this a sad day for you?