Digital Chocolate Receives Forum Nokia PRO Award for WordKing Poker Mobile Game

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Digital Chocolate, Inc., a leading publisher of software for mobile phones, has been awarded a Forum Nokia PRO Award for its mobile game WordKing Poker. The Forum Nokia PRO Awards 2005 recognize outstanding achievement among members of Nokia's advanced developer support program, Forum Nokia PRO. The awards are presented to developers who exemplify "best practices" and who have made significant contributions to driving innovation in the mobility industry.

Digital Chocolate, Inc., a leading publisher of software for mobile phones, has been awarded a Forum Nokia PRO Award for its mobile game WordKing Poker. The Forum Nokia PRO Awards 2005 recognize outstanding achievement among members of Nokia's advanced developer support program, Forum Nokia PRO. The awards are presented to developers who exemplify "best practices" and who have made significant contributions to driving innovation in the mobility industry.

The Forum Nokia PRO Awards feature seven categories that are designed to broaden awareness of the most innovative and successful work in the mobile solutions and applications field today. Digital Chocolate's WordKing Poker received the award in the Games/Entertainment category for Nokia Series 40 handsets. The winners were selected by an independent panel of mobile industry journalists and analysts from around the world.

Digital Chocolate's WordKing Poker is a mobile game that combines spelling competition with the fast-paced action of poker. Players compete to out-spell opponents using the lettered cards in their hand. The game allows players to compete against friends in four-player hot seat mode or up to six computer opponents. Players can also post their scores against others on Digital Chocolate's exclusive online Mobile League.

With a dictionary of over 50,000 words and three game modes – Hold ‘em, Five Card Draw and Seven Card Stud – WordKing Poker is the most complete game of its type. WordKing Poker is available through Digital Chocolate's carrier and reseller partners worldwide.

"We are pleased to present the 2005 Forum Nokia PRO Award in the Games/Entertainment category for Series 40 devices to Digital Chocolate for its WordKing Poker game, judged as the most dynamic and sophisticated application in its category by this year's distinguished panel of judges," said Nasser Iravani, Director, Americas, Forum Nokia. "A member of Forum Nokia's elite PRO developer community, Digital Chocolate has shown through WordKing Poker an extraordinary level of technical sophistication that enables it to provide mobile users with the latest and most advanced mobile applications available in the marketplace today."

“Digital Chocolate's mission has always been to offer original, innovative mobile games of the highest quality. We are delighted that our WordKing Poker has been recognized through Nokia's industry-leading developer program,” said Trip Hawkins, founder and CEO of Digital Chocolate.

Forum Nokia PRO was established in February 2004. It offers premium business and technical benefits that accelerate the development cycle and create larger market opportunities for qualified developers. More than 400 companies have joined the program, which provides unique benefits in technology access, business development support and marketing opportunities.

Contact in Europe:

Digital Chocolate Ltd. (European HQ)

Jaana Wagner

Mobile +358 40 527 5875

Agency contact in Europe:

Netprofile Tech PR

Christina Forsgard

Mobile +358 40 571 9192

About Digital Chocolate

Digital Chocolate is a developer of games and applications for mobile phones. Based in San Mateo, California and founded in 2003 by software gaming pioneer Trip Hawkins, Digital Chocolate offers some of the world’s most popular and highly acclaimed games, including Mobile League WordJong, Mafia Wars, and Johnny Crash. Since its inception, Digital Chocolate has secured relationships with more than 200 carriers and partners, including Cingular, Orange, Sprint, T-Mobile, 3, Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone and its products are available in over 60 countries around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.digitalchocolate.com.

About Forum Nokia

Nokia's global developer program, Forum Nokia, connects developers to tools, technical information, support, and distribution channels they can use to build and market applications around the globe. From offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, China, and Singapore, Forum Nokia provides technical and business development support to developers and operators to assist them in achieving their goal of successfully launching applications and services to consumers and enterprises. More information is available at http://www.forum.nokia.com.

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