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GameSpot Bows Mobile Channel

13 Oct, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

GameSpot, the online video game platform and review site owned by CBS Interactive, Oct. 13 said it launched a channel earmarked for mobile phones.

GameSpot Mobile will feature reviews of video games for mobile platforms such as smartphones, the Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Palm Pre, as well as Windows. The online channel will allow gamers to search for top-rated mobile video games by platform, carrier or genre and will also include mobile product information from CNET.com

Additionally the channel will feature app store purchase links, lists of the most popular mobile games, and information on related games and price changes.

GameSpot Mobile comes at a time when the gaming industry is in the midst of a freefall, with game and hardware sales down double digits over the past successive months. Indeed, both Sony and Microsoft cut $100 from the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, respectively.

At the same time, mobile phone production reached its low point in the first quarter of 2009 and isn’t expected to show signs of sustainable recovery until the first quarter of 2010, according to a research report.

Gartner Research said it expects mobile phone unit production to decline only 8% this year, which is 4% less than the May forecast. The rebound has largely come from the demand for basic phones targeted at emerging markets, particularly China, and for smartphones, which continue to perform well as competition increases and prices come down.

“The technology for smartphones has grown to a point where the videos games offered for that platform are significantly more sophisticated than ever before, and the number of games offered on this platform staggering,” said Simon Whitcombe, VP of GameSpot. “We’re excited to explore this exciting new gaming platform by offering readers this new discovery engine.”

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