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Unedited press release follows:
PLAYSTATION® STORE FOR PLAYSTATION® MOBILE EXPANDS TO 18 COUNTRIES
PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®Mobile Will Launch in Nine New Countries,
Introduced along with PlayStation®Mobile Developer Program Support,
Further Accelerating the Expansion of the PlayStation®Mobile Platform
TOKYO, November 22, 2013 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that it will launch PlayStation®Store (PS Store)*1 for PlayStation®Mobile (PSM) in nine new countries starting December 18th, 2013. With this expansion, SCE will offer a wide variety of exciting content via PS Store to users in total of 18 countries including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, as well as in newly added countries including Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand.
Prior to the PS Store expansion for PSM, SCE will offer the PSM Developer Program which includes distribution of the official PSM SDK*2 in the newly added countries starting December 5th, 2013.
Allowing a wider range of developers — from indie to large publishers — to create dedicated content for PSM, the PSM Developer Program has been available since November 20th, 2012, in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia, followed by the launch in Hong Kong and Taiwan on January 21st, 2013. With the addition of nine new countries, developers in a total of 20 countries will be able to create entertainment content for multiple mobile devices, further expanding the world of PlayStation to an open operating system*3 through PSM.
This program enables developers, who have entered into the licensing agreements with SCE*4, to easily distribute content through the PS Store on a commercial basis. It also allows them to market their games to millions of dedicated gamers around the world that own a PlayStation™Certified*5 device or PlayStation®Vita.
(Please refer to the special site link for more detailed information) https://psm.playstation.net/portal/
SCE will continue to collaborate with content developers to deliver compelling entertainment experiences only available on PlayStation to a rapidly expanding audience through PSM.
*1 PS Store offers vast digital content including games for PS4, PS3, PSP, PS Vita and PS Certified devices.
*2 A set of development tools and software libraries for PlayStation®Mobile.
*3 As of November 22, 2013, Android based PS Certified devices and PS Vita.
*4 The fee differs by countries and regions. After closing the license agreement, developers are able to use PlayStation®Mobile SDK and conduct verification on PS Certified devices and PS Vita to distribute their content on PS Store. PlayStation®Mobile SDK itself is free of charge.
*5 The license program to expand accessibility to PlayStation®Mobile, dedicated for portable hardware manufacturers. SCE will not only license logos but also provide necessary development support. Please kindly refer to the URL for the line-up of PS Certified devices as of today.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PlayStation®2 further enhanced the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® broadens the entertainment experiences into the portable arena. PS3® is a computer entertainment system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PSNSM, that includes PlayStation®Store, delivers unparalleled online gaming experience to PlayStation users. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation® experience to open operating systems through PlayStation®Mobile, a cross device platform. PlayStation®4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.