According to etnews, a Korea-based news agency, Samsung is looking to spend large sums of money to lure game developers into building titles for the Tizen operating system.
“Instead of developing games by itself or acquiring a game developer, the smartphone giant is going to bombard the game developers with money to create a Tizen ecosphere,” Bae Wook-jin writes for etnews. “Samsung Electronics started to contact the smartphone game publishers to introduce 100 most popular iPhone and Android games in Tizen version by this June.”
Wooke-jin credited industry sources and an executive of a smartphone game company as the sources of this information.
“Not only the major smartphone game companies, including Com2Us and Gameville, but the big-time publisher NHN was on Samsung’s contact list,” Bae Wook-jin explians. “The up and coming smartphone game start-ups were also on Samsung’s radar. It has become quite obvious that Samsung has chosen game as one of its lethal weapons to beachhead into the territories of Apple and Google.”
“The terms were very attractive – Samsung would subsidize the development cost and provide many support programs.” an executive of a smartphone game company is quoting as saying. Samsung’s is understood to have a budget well above tens of billion Won for smartphone game.
“Samsung promised that it will not take the sales commission for a certain time period. Compared to Apple and Google taking 30% of the sales, it is a very attractive deal,” he added (via etnews).