NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc
TOKYO, JAPAN, March 20, 2019— NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced that it made an investment in cloud gaming pioneer Hatch Entertainment Ltd, provider of the world’s first made-for-5G game streaming service in Finland, on February 4. The investment was made through NTT DOCOMO Ventures, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of DOCOMO. Also, DOCOMO has begun supporting Hatch’s game streaming service in Japan, effective February 13.
Hatch currently streams rich, full-featured games over Wi-Fi or 4G networks in the Nordic countries plus the UK and Ireland. Hatch offers more than 100 games that are ready to play instantly, requiring no download, in-game paywall or costly specialized hardware. Users simply download Hatch’s application from Google Play to their device to use the service for a flat monthly fee of JPY 550 (tax included).
Under the DOCOMO–Hatch partnership, customers in Japan will log into Hatch with their DOCOMO d ACCOUNT™ to play games and challenge other gamers on global leaderboards. Hatch games will also be available via the DOCOMO TV Terminal set-top box device that customers control with their smartphones.
Customers in Japan were invited to experience Hatch’s gaming service at Evolution Championship Series: Japan 2019 (EVO Japan), a major eSports tournament held in Fukuoka from February 15 to 17.
Going forward, DOCOMO and Hatch will collaborate with a growing range of game companies to maximize gaming opportunities for customers, and they will leverage the extra-high-speed, large-capacity, low-latency and massive-device connectivity of 5G when DOCOMO launches its commercial 5G service in 2020.
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Mr. Michael Bristow or Ms. Saori Yoshimatsu
Public Relations Department