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Major League Gaming, Sony Mobile Communications and Gameloft Bring Competitive Gaming to Smartphones With First-Ever Xperia(TM) Mobile Gaming Arena

NEW YORK, May 3, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Major League Gaming (MLG), the world's largest competitive video game league, Sony Mobile Communications and Gameloft, today unveiled MLG's first-ever competitive smartphone gaming platform - Xperia™ Mobile Gaming Arena Presented by Sony Mobile. Launching with Gameloft's first person shooter Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation, the arena enables gamers to compete via all mobile platforms including Android and iOS for more than $10,000 in prizes. All competition details, scores and rankings are accessible via www.majorleaguegaming.com/mobile.

To participate, gamers simply link their MLG and Gameloft accounts, play a featured Xperia™ Mobile Gaming Arena title and their ranking is automatically tallied on the Xperia™ Mobile Gaming Arena leaderboard.  The Xperia™ Mobile Gaming Arena launches with Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation from Gameloft, which has been enhanced for an immersive gaming experience on Xperia™ PLAY, the world's first PlayStation® Certified smartphone and the official mobile handset of Major League Gaming. Additional competitive titles will be rolled out in the coming months.

"The MLG community thrives on competition and with our new mobile platform, we are now enabling gamers to engage in competitive play no matter where they are," said Sundance DiGiovanni, CEO, MLG. "With partners like Sony Mobile and Gameloft, we are truly taking mobile gaming to a new level."

"From the launch of Xperia™ PLAY, the first smartphone to bring console-like gaming to smartphone, to now the Xperia™ Mobile Gaming Arena, the first-of-its-kind competitive platform for mobile gamers, we are committed to bringing the best mobile entertainment experiences to our customers," said Peter Farmer, Head of Marketing for North America, Sony Mobile Communications. "Bringing together MLG's authority in competitive gaming, Gameloft's blockbuster game titles and Sony Mobile's immersive mobile entertainment experience, the Xperia™ Mobile Gaming Arena is sure to deliver a new level of mobile gaming for competitors."

"For Gameloft, partnering with strong brands such as the MLG and Sony Mobile Communications to promote a new age of competitive mobile gaming is a very exciting time, " said Baudouin Corman, vice president of publishing in the Americas at Gameloft. "Given the millions of gamers that have participated in competitions online and via console over the years, there's a great future for the online multiplayer experience with the Xperia Mobile Gaming Arena."

For More Information:

Major League Gaming

Katie Goldberg  - VP Communications and PR

P: 917-338-2391

About Major League Gaming

Founded in 2002, Major League Gaming (MLG) (www.majorleaguegaming.com) is the dominant media property exclusively targeting tens of millions of consumers worldwide who have a passion for playing video games as a competitive social activity. The company gives aspiring gamers around the world an opportunity to compete, improve their skills, and socialize through a thriving competitive community with more than 750,000 matches each month online and LIVE in-person Pro Circuit tournaments in cities nationwide. MLG broadcasts all Pro Circuit play via LIVE streaming online to hundreds of thousands of fans from more than 170 countries. 

About Sony Mobile Communications

Sony Mobile Communications is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation, a leading global innovator of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Through its Xperia™ smartphone portfolio, Sony Mobile Communications delivers the best of Sony technology, premium content and services, and easy connectivity to Sony's world of networked entertainment experiences. For more information: www.sonymobile.com.

About Gameloft

A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft® has established itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for all digital platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (including Apple® iOS and Android® devices), set top box, connected TVs and consoles. Gameloft partners with leading international brands such as UNO®, Spider-Man®, James Cameron's Avatar™, Ferrari® and Sonic Unleashed®. Gameloft also operates its own established franchises, such as Real Football, Asphalt™, Modern Combat 2: Black Pegasus and N.O.V.A Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance®. Gameloft is present in all continents, distributes its games in 100 countries and employs over 4,000 developers.

Gameloft is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA).

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