Nokia: From N-Gage to QD

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Case Code : BSTA037
Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1865 - 2004
Organization : Nokia
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : Global
Industry : Communications

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"The mobile market is already expanding into new areas of games, entertainment, media and the enterprise market, with compelling new mobile services laying the groundwork for the build-out of wireless multimedia networks."

- Jorma Ollila, Chairman & CEO, Nokia1


In early 2004, Jorma Ollila (Ollila), CEO of Nokia, the Finnish telecom giant, was reflecting on his company's prospects in the multi-billion dollar gaming industry. Nokia, which provided high quality, easy-to-use communications products like mobile phones, was making an ambitious foray into games with its N-Gage game deck. N-Gage used an innovative wireless multiplayer platform to provide both local and remote interactive gaming. But most analysts considered Nokia a novice in the intensely competitive video game industry, which was dominated by well-entrenched players such as Sony, Nintendo, and Sega.

Microsoft, the software behemoth, was also making rapid strides with its Xbox. Analysts wondered how Nokia would fare in the games wars...

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1] "Nokia CEO says mobility the next global mega-trend,"


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