Orange buys into Japanese mobile gaming company

Jan 09, 2014
Logo of French internet provider and mobile phone services group Orange in Dunkerque, France, on December 19, 2013 in Dunkirk

French telecom operator Orange announced that it had bought a share in Japanese mobile gaming company G-cluster Global as it confirms its push into providing content across several platforms.

G-cluster is a leading developer of mobile and cloud gaming technology and already provides the for Orange's roughly three million TV clients in France.

The technology developed by G-cluster allows users to play console-like games across a whole number of platforms, including smartphones, tablets and televisions.

The investment by Orange is part of a G-cluster capital-raising round and will help it expand into , G-cluster head Erik Piehl said in a statement.

Cloud-gaming "is strategic for Orange" and is key to drawing new customers to the operator's , said Elie Girard, the French operator's head of strategy.

The stake bought by Orange is a minority share and no figures were provided. G-cluster is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in Finland, France, and in the United States.

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