During the Nokia World 2011 conference in London, Game-maker Electronic Arts, Muppet masters Sesame Workshop and sports network ESPN annouced of producing exclusive apps for Nokia's new Windows Phones.
Microsoft has been trying to get app developers to create programs for Windows Phone 7 but some have been reluctant to do so, mainly because of the lack of market penetration for Windows Phone 7-based phones compared to iOS and Android products. The fact that EA offering to create and sell a large number of its mobile phone games on the Nokia phones may signal a change in attitude towards the operating system among app developers.
EA specifically will provide 20 games for the Nokia Lumia: 10 from its EA Mobile division including titles like FIFA 12, Madden NFL and Dead Space, and another 10 from its indie games division Chillingo.
EA showed a slide advertising sports games FIFA, Madden, NBA Jam and Tiger Woods PGA Tour, popular puzzle game Bejeweled 2, and third-person shooter Dead Space, among others. The company also pledged to bring 40 top EA games to Nokia's Series 40 feature phones, including FIFA 11 and 12, Need for Speed Shift and the Sims line. (See below for all the icons of games EA is promising.)
EA didn't say a word yet when these games will be released for Nokia's Windows Phone 7 devices. Nokia's Windows Phones are anticipated to launch in the U.S. in early 2012, possibly at the CES trade show in January.
Sesame Workshop showed an app which wraps together a lot of that company's award-winning kids' content. The app includes "read-along" books with the Muppets, videos, and games.
ESPN went into more depth on its ESPN Hub, which the company initially announced during Nokia CEO Stephen Elop's keynote yesterday. The ESPN Hub will offer special localized experiences in each country, for example bringing cricket to the front in India and making sure countries where rugby is popular get news about that sport.
Sports fans will be able to drill down and access all of ESPN's content from anywhere, though, pinning their favorite sports to the start screen. That's sure to plan U.S.-based fans of European soccer, for instance, the EA presenter said.
Here is the full gallery of Apps & Games announced for Nokia windows Phone at Nokia World 2011: