Reuters reported that Nokia will close its battered gaming service N-Gage next year, acknowledging failure in its first major services offering. Nokia said on its N-Gage blog “We will no longer publish new games for the N-Gage platform”.
Nokia is looking for new revenue from online services as its traditional handset market matures, with games and music being the first focus areas. After closing the N-Gage service, Nokia will continue to sell mobile games at its Ovi Store, a smaller rival to Apple’s popular App Store.
It said the games from its first major services offering could be purchased until the end of September 2010 and the community site would remain in operation throughout 2010.