Nokia's N-Gage mobile gaming client is set to be installed on over 50 million phones by the end of 2008, according to a leading mobile game developer.
Ideaworks3D chief technology officer Tim Closs, speaking at this week's Develop conference down in Brighton said that N-Gage, "is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic platform."
He made the 50 million handsets claim in front of the gathered press and industry punters at the event.
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Closs's 50 million estimate covers those handsets that ship with the N-Gage client, in addition to those gamers that have downloaded the client since launch earlier this year.
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Closs added that there should be 30 N-Gage games available by the end of this year, that the N-Gage Software Development Kit (SDK) will soon support hardware acceleration and that a good N-Gage game could reap up to five million Euros.
TechRadar has contacted Nokia for a response to the comments and speculation from the Ideaworks 3D boss.