GIC-Software, a Los Gatos, CA based entertainment software development company, announced Wednesday a new game system for devices running the Palm OS. The games are multi-player Internet games designed for devices equipped with a modem.
OSIland, as the system is called by GIC-Software, is designed to permit multiple users to chat in real time and interactively play games together without delay over the Internet. According to GIC, games are available in most of the world’s major languages and accommodate up to 4 simultaneous players.
GIC-Software is banking on the fact that international, instant communication is a booming demand, as evidenced by the explosion of Short Messaging Systems (SMS) around the world. Currently, there are over 15 billion SMS messages sent per month worldwide.
The software will be available free to users, according to GIC-Software. The revenue model is based on that used by NTT DoCoMo with its i-mode customers in Japan. A micro account is established at the time of connection and auto billing by the carrier is added to the customer’s monthly bill. The carrier will then reimburse GIC for system time used.
GIC-Software stated that the system will work equally well on the Narrow Band Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications used in Europe, which currently has roughly 180 million customers.