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Hatch partners with DOCOMO in Japan

Hatch will be soft launched in Japan on Android phones and will appear automatically on DOCOMO’s Android TV-based set top boxes on 13 February.Hatch

Finnish cloud gaming pioneer and Rovio subsidiary, Hatch, has entered into a strategic partnership with leading Japanese mobile operator NTT DOCOMO.

The aim of the collaboration is to bring the 5G gaming revolution to Japanese consumers in 2020. Hatch also received a minority investment from DOCOMO’s subsidiary NTT DOCOMO Ventures.

In the first phase of the partnership, Hatch will be soft launched in Japan on Android phones and be automatically included in DOCOMO’s TV-based set-top boxes, with users offered a 90-day free trial of Hatch Premium.

“Japan is the world’s third largest games market and where the video games industry as we know it was born,” said Juhani Honkala, Hatch founder and CEO. “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. 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.”

The two partners will also look for promotional opportunities in e-sports and will take part in the major EVO Japan 2019 e-sports event taking place next week. Hatch also looks to expand co-operation with Japan’s extraordinary community of game developers to bring more locally produced games to the cloud gaming platform.

Published on 08.02.2019