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Mobile Games Interoperability Forum Names Management Board
The Mobile Games Interoperability Forum (MGIF) announced formation of its management board, and named the first officers of that Board.
The MGIF Management Board is comprised of the four MGIF founder companies - Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Siemens - plus four elected sponsor companies: Capcom, Codeonline, Konami and Picofun. The current board will serve through 2002. It consists of:
Chair of the board: Graham Thomas of Nokia
Vice Chair: Paul Goode of Motorola
Treasurer: Amr Attia of Siemens
Membership Liaison: Bo Nordblom of Ericsson
Technical Liaison: Matti Hamalainen of Codeonline
Marketing Liaison: Anders Storm of Picofun
Certification Activities Liaison: Tony Bickley of Konami
Developer Liaison: Yosuke Yoneda of Capcom
The MGIF is a program of the IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (IEEE-ISTO). It was formed by Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Siemens in July 2001 to address the issues of portability and interoperability in the mobile games space. The MGIF specifications will allow game developers to produce and deploy mobile games that can be distributed across multiple game servers and wireless networks, and played over different mobile devices. The MGIF says it will not specify functionality for mobile devices -- it will work with and provide input to appropriate standards bodies and forums to enable an open end-to-end games environment. The MGIF will only define API specifications and will not produce a mobile game platform.
In addition from the four founding companies, the MGIF Sponsors are Borland, Capcom, Cash-U Mobile Technologies Ltd., Codeonline, Digital Bridges, iFone, Konami, Metrowerks, Picofun and Terraplay Systems.