Rovio Entertainment has announced that Japan’s NTT Docomo has acquired a stake in Hatch, their cloud gaming subsidiary that provides subscribers with a range of games and game-related content.
According to a report from TechCrunch, the deal includes investment to expand the Hatch platform, the number of games available and to bring Hatch to the Japanese market.
In mid-February, Hatch will soft launch on Android devices in Japan, with prominent placement on Docomo’s Android TV service and a three-month free trial offer on Hatch Premium.
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“Japan is the world’s third largest games market and where the video games industry as we know it was born. In this extremely competitive market we couldn’t be happier to work with a partner like Docomo to help take our vision of cloud gaming mainstream,” said Hatch founder and CEO Juhani Honkala. “Docomo’s leading contributions to 5G technology and infrastructure and commitment to amazing new 5G-enabled services make the company an ideal strategic partner in Japan, and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration.”
“We are excited to work together with Hatch, a great example of the new type of consumer services, which can bring out its potential towards the 5G era,” said Docomo Consumer Business director Takanori Ashikawa. “Hatch’s vision for cloud gaming changes the way people play and discover games, and our shared goal to enrich the everyday lives of our customers makes Hatch an excellent strategic partner for the long term.”