>> Mobile phone giant Nokia is to acquire the assets of Sega's online and
>> wireless gaming operation to boost its own N-Gage online games device.
>> The Sega Network Application Package (SNAP), which enables networked
>> multi-player games, will form the core of Nokia Mobile Phones' Entertainment
>> and Media Business Unit's online games service.
>> Financial details concerning the acquisition were not disclosed.
>> In a statement, Nokia's chief executive, Ilkka Raiskinen, said: "Online
>> multi-player games and mobility are seen as the hottest developments in the
>> games industry today. This acquisition is a logical step in bringing online
>> elements to mobile games."
>> If all goes to plan then SNAP will be integrated into the Nokia N-Gage game
>> deck - a new mobile video game device which is also a phone - when it becomes
>> available from 7 October.
>> Yesterday it was reported that Nokia is set to gain more than 40 per cent
>> market share in the mobile phone sector next year, while the overall mobile
>> phone sector would swell by 11 per cent