IOMO

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IOMO
Private
Industry Mobile Game Development
Founded 2000
Founder John Chasey, Glenn Broadway and Andrew Bain
Defunct August 2008
Headquarters Eastleigh, UK
Owner InfoSpace

IOMO was a pioneering European mobile game developer and publisher based in Hampshire, England. IOMO was founded by John Chasey, Glenn Broadway and Andrew Bain in 2000. Initially a developer, the company was very successful in the early stages of the mobile game industry and worked with the majority of mobile technologies and customers across the whole value chain. This ranged from pre-installed titles developed for handset manufacturers and carriers, creation of branded titles for mobile games publishers and self-published original titles.

History[edit]

The first public announcement mentioning IOMO is in May 2001 when Nokia announced development of seven WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) titles by IOMO for the Nokia Mobile Entertainment service, one of the first platforms designed for carriers to be able to host and bill for games content.[1] IOMO also worked on SMS titles including TxtDating which launched on O2 in the UK.

As the industry moved away from WAP and SMS to Java ME titles, in May 2003 IOMO acquired mobile game studio Covert Operations Ltd for an undiclosed sum.[2]

The peak of IOMO's success came in 2004 when in addition to winning the Develop Industry Excellence award for the second year running, IOMO were developers of half the games in the Top 10 charts for two different UK operators.

January 2004 the Vodafone Top 10 games charts included five titles developed by IOMO; Tomb Raider: The Quest for Cinnabar, Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf, Pub Pool, Tomb Raider: The Osiris Codex and Monopoly.[3]

November 2004 the Orange UK Top 10 games charts included five titles developed by IOMO; Pub Fruity, Colin McRae Rally 2005, Monopoly, Golf Club and Pub Darts.[4]

In March 2004 IOMO partnered with Kayak Interactive to demonstrate the first live multiplayer pool tournament between Java ME and BREW handsets on at the GDC Mobile day of the 2004 Game Developers Conference.[5]

This success culminated when on 1 December 2004 it was announced that InfoSpace had acquired IOMO for approximately $15 million in cash.[6]

In January 2005 an N-Gage version of the classic Snakes, developed by IOMO was launched. The title had universally positive reviews averaging a Metacritic score of 85.[7]

As a studio within the InfoSpace group, IOMO games were published under the InfoSpace brand. However, on 25 January 2007, InfoSpace announced it was exiting the content space and had sold its US games studio to Twistbox Games with IOMO to follow.[8]

On 6 August 2007 IOMO was closed and staff from IOMO formed a new mobile game developer, FinBlade,[9] and a new mobile middleware developer, Metismo.

Awards[edit]

  • 2002 Nokia Mobile Challenge - Entertainment Category - Foto Fun Pack [10]
  • 2003 BAFTA Nomination - Scooby Doo [11]
  • 2003 Develop Industry Excellence Award - Best Mobile Studio [12]
  • 2004 BAFTA Nomination - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005[13]
  • 2004 BAFTA Nomination - Colin McRae Rally 2005[14]
  • 2004 Develop Industry Excellence Award - Best Mobile/Handheld Studio [15]
  • 2006 Edinburgh International Entertainment Festival Edge Mobile Award - Dirty Sanchez [16]

Embedded Games[edit]

ExEn Games[edit]

  • Football Challenge published by InFusio

Java ME Games[edit]

SMS Games[edit]

Symbian Games[edit]

  • Snakes published by Nokia
  • Foto Fun Pack published by IOMO
  • Foto Puzzle published by IOMO

WAP Games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nokia and Supedo to develop mobile gaming content for WAP enabled phones". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  2. ^ "IOMO buys Covert Operations". The Register. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  3. ^ "Five Out Of Ten Ain't Bad". Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  4. ^ "1, 2, 4, 6, 9 IOMO's Games Are Doing Fine!". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Kayak Interactive and IOMO Partner to Create Dynamic, Mobile, Multiplayer Games; Partners to Enable First Live Mobile, Multiplayer Tournament at Mobile GDC". Business Wire. 2004-03-25. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  6. ^ "SEC Info - Infospace Inc - 8-K - For 12/1/04 - EX-99.1". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  7. ^ "metacritic.com Snakes (ngage: 2005)". Retrieved 2009-09-28. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Updated: Infospace's U.S. Games Division Sold To Twistbox". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  9. ^ "Updated: FinBlade opens its doors". Archived from the original on 2008-04-04. Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  10. ^ "IOMO takes Asian mobile market by storm". Archived from the original on 2005-10-01. 
  11. ^ "Infospace, Inc. - Current Report". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  12. ^ "Infospace, Inc. - Current Report". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  13. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Video Games - Awards - The BAFTA site". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  14. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Video Games - Awards - The BAFTA site". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  15. ^ "Infospace, Inc. - Current Report". Retrieved 2008-04-10. 
  16. ^ "Dirty Sanchez from InfoSpace wins EIEF Edge Mobile Award // Press Release // GamesIndustry.biz". Archived from the original on 2007-06-16. Retrieved 2008-04-10.