RIM and Maysalward Sign Development Partnership for the BlackBerry Platform
Partnership will offer popular local and regional games for Middle East consumers
29 February, 2012, Dubai, UAE: Research In Motion (RIM), the makers of the BlackBerry® smartphone and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, and Maysalward (MRD), the first mobile game development company in the Middle East, today announced a partnership agreement that will bring a multitude of local and regional games to BlackBerry users across the Middle East.
Some of the popular games that will be offered include traditional card games such as Balot, Trix, Tarneeb and Hand Rummy, and will be available across all BlackBerry platforms including BlackBerry 7 and QNX, the operating system for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry 7 games will also be completely BBM-connected, allowing friends to chat directly from within the app, or launch a game straight from BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™).
“As one of the leading developers in the Middle East, and the only games developer for BlackBerry in the region, we wanted to use a platform with a wide reach and established customer base. BlackBerry has seen tremendous growth in the region, and we wanted to capitalize on this growth by making our games available to both the BlackBerry and QNX platforms,” said Nour Khrais, Founder & CEO, Maysalward.
Some of the upcoming applications to take advantage of the BlackBerry platform will be Street Football and Penalty ShootOut, in addition to more traditional games like Carrom and Tawla (Backgammon). All new offering will be available for BlackBerry 7 devices as well as a few for the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
“With the launch of PlayBook 2.0, and the upcoming launch of BlackBerry OS 7.1, we’re certain that our applications will deliver an added level of enjoyment and interaction to BlackBerry users,” explained Khrais.
Maysalward applications were first offered on BlackBerry App World™ in March 2011, and have seen increased popularity since then. Applications currently support BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 6, as well as the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Maysalward is currently only game developer for BlackBerry in the Middle East.
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