Hatch Entertainment, Angry Birds developer Rovio’s video game streaming subsidiary, has received a minority investment from Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo, which will see the service expand into Japan.
The partnership will see Hatch soft launched in Japan for Android phones and appear automatically on Docomo Android TV-based set top boxes on 13 February. Users will be offered a free 90-day trial membership of Hatch Premium. The service will be accessible through the user’s d Account, Docomo’s free membership service, and linked to d Point Club, Docomo’s points program.
Furthermore, Hatch will look to work with Docomo on promotional eSports opportunities and join forces with more game developers and publishers in Japan.
“In this extremely competitive market, we couldn't be happier to work with a partner like Docomo to help take our vision of cloud gaming mainstream,” said Juhani Honkala, Hatch founder and CEO. “Docomo's leading contributions to 5G technology and infrastructure and commitment to amazing new 5G-enabled services make the company an ideal strategic partner in Japan, and we look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration."