Square Enix Acquires UIEvolution

Square Enix Co. Ltd., the Tokyo-based developer of such popular video game franchises as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, has acquired wireless software company UIEvolution Inc. of Bellevue, Washington. The move is intended to help Square Enix expand its mobile content business in the U.S.

Square Enix invested approximately $4 million in UIEvolution in December 2003 to accelerate the development of multiple embedded, mobile and broadband platforms. UIEvolution will also function as the research and development center for core technologies that will help Square Enix produce a new type of network-based entertainment.

UIEvolution delivers wireless and embedded software technology, development tools and core applications for leading consumer content brands, wireless publishers and consumer electronics manufacturers. The company’s UIEngine enables a data-rich, dynamic, interactive user experience across BREW, J2ME/MIDP, J2ME/DOJA, MS Smart Phone, MS Pocket PC, PalmOS, MS Windows, i-Tron, VxWorks, Symbian, SPOT, and Gameboy platforms used by any OEM. In addition, UIEngine runs applications across virtually any wireless network, including GPRS, CDMA 1xRTT, EDGE, Wi-Fi, PHS, Bluetooth and IRDA.