Vivendi Games Mobile scored a major win at the 4th annual Spike TV Video Game Awards held on Friday, December 8th in Los Angeles.
Less than a year into its emergence as a global games publisher for mobile phones, Vivendi Games Mobile won the Best Wireless Game award for its shooter action title SWAT Force, beating out contenders Diner Dash, Tower Bloxx and Super K.O. Boxing.
“I can’t think of a better way for Vivendi Games Mobile to celebrate its successful entry into the business,” said Paul Maglione, president of Vivendi Games Mobile. “The quality of our games is being recognized across our entire slate of titles, but to receive this special acknowledgement for SWAT is indeed an honor. We look forward to building the SWAT franchise and evolving the title to deliver an even better game for mobile devices worldwide.”
Virginie Grange, director of Corporate Business Development for Vivendi Games Mobile, accepted the Spike TV Video Game award and gave a brief acceptance speech. “This award is a great validation for Vivendi Games Mobile and its ability to successfully translate popular video game franchises such as SWAT into a superlative mobile game.”
Over the course of 2006, SWAT Force has racked up accolades from major game reviewers, including a Mobie Award nomination from CNET Networks Games & Entertainment and an IGN Editor’s Choice Award. In its review, IGN stated, “SWAT Force is one of the better PC-to-mobile games we have played.” SWAT Force is currently available to Cingular Wireless, Sprint Wireless, and Amp’d Mobile customers in the US, and will soon be available to Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile customers as well. SWAT Force has also launched on mobile carriers throughout Europe.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson hosted this year’s Spike TV Video Game awards event, which featured performances by Tenacious D and AFI, and special guest appearances by 50 Cent, Tyrese, Heroes’ stars Hayden Panettiere and Masi Oka, Eva Mendez, Rachel Leigh Cook, Sarah Silverman, and others. The Spike TV Video Game Awards broadcast will debut this Wednesday, 12/13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.