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) 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 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 through PSM.
This program enables developers, who have entered into the licensing agreements with SCE, 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 device or PlayStation®Vita.SCE will continue to collaborate with content developers to deliver compelling entertainment experiences only available on PlayStation to a rapidly expanding audience through PSM.
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Here at Vita Player we are incredibly excited about this new development. Many PSM developers have struggled with sales of the games that they have released to-date citing poor distribution as one of the key reasons for this and it is playing a factor in many of them re-evaluating their future support of the format. With some absolutely stunning games being released over the last year for PlayStation Mobile, this is a valuable part of PlayStation Vita gaming giving smaller indie developers the change to bring their games to market that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. With this new, larger market open to them, it should ensure that they will get the sales they need to keep supporting PSM and – in turn – the PS Vita bringing us great games for years to come.