Bahrain's largest telco Bahrain Telecommunication Company (Batelco) has partnered with the mobile games company Nazara Technologies* to launch a new subscription-based gaming portal called 'Games Lounge' for Batelco's postpaid and prepaid mobile customers in Bahrain. While the deal period or the financial details of the partnership were not disclosed, Batelco informed that the service will initially offer games for Java-based feature phones but it plans to offer games for both BlackBerry and Android phones in the future. Batelco informed that the subscribers can head over to Gameslounge.batelco.com.bh to browse through the game titles and subscribe to the service. Its currently not clear how many games are available through the service since we were unable to access the portal. However, its worth noting that Nazara has an exclusive tie-up with Electronic Arts for the Middle East region, which provides the company with exclusive rights to distribute various EA Mobile titles across its carrier partners in the Middle East as well as third party channels, aggregators and retail channels in the Middle East region. It had also acquired BuzzCity owned mobile games and applications portal Djuzz earlier this year. Pricing: Batelco informed that it will be offering this service through three different subscription plans - daily plan priced at 150 fils (around Rs 22), weekly plans priced at 500 fils (around Rs 72) and monthly plans priced at 1.5 Bahrain Dinars (around Rs 215). The company also informed that it will offer an option to purchase these games for an one-off fee and users can pay for these games through operator billing. Similar Developments Nazara had acquired BuzzCity's mobile games…
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