It has been announced that NTT DOCOMO has made an investment in cloud gaming Hatch Entertainment, provider of the made-for-5G game streaming service in Finland. The investment was made through NTT DOCOMO Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary of DOCOMO. Also, DOCOMO has begun supporting Hatch’s game streaming service in Japan.
Hatch currently streams full-featured games over WiFi or 4G networks in the Nordic countries plus the UK and Ireland. Hatch offers more than 100 games that are ready to play instantly, requiring no download, in-game paywall or costly specialized hardware. Users simply download Hatch’s application from Google Play to their device to use the service for a flat monthly fee of JPY 550 (tax included).
Under the DOCOMO-Hatch partnership, customers in Japan will log into Hatch with their DOCOMO d ACCOUNTTM to play games and challenge other gamers on global leaderboards. Hatch games will also be available via the DOCOMO TV Terminal set-top box device that customers control with their smartphones.
Customers in Japan were invited to experience Hatch’s gaming service at Evolution Championship Series: Japan 2019 (EVO Japan), a major eSports tournament held in Fukuoka from February 15th to 17th.
Going forward, DOCOMO and Hatch will collaborate with a growing range of game companies to maximize gaming opportunities for customers, and they will leverage the extra-high-speed, large-capacity, low-latency and massive-device connectivity of 5G when DOCOMO launches its commercial 5G service in 2020.