ARM, Tencent Games ink mobile gaming partnership

The two companies plan to work together to advance the field of mobile gaming.


ARM and Tencent Games have joined together in a "strategic" partnership to improve graphics found in mobile gaming.

Announced on Wednesday, the deal will give Tencent mobile game developers access to ARM-based hardware and resources, which ARM says will enable the development of games which "deliver superior 2D and 3D graphic experiences including the most complex geometries, richer textures and faster frame rates" for the Chinese market.

Through the partnership, Tencent Games mobile developers will have access to the latest developer boards based on ARM Cortex CPUs and ARM Mali GPUs, engineering resources from Tencent R&D Game Studios and the ARM ecosystem and guidelines relating to the creation of ARM-based mobile games.

"Tencent Games is committed to cultivating growth and innovation within the field of mobile gaming while ensuring consistency and compatibility among the increasingly diverse offerings of mobile devices in the marketplace," said Steve Nie, general manager, R&D department of Tencent Games.

"Combining Tencent's broad experience in the mobile game development space with ARM's leading position in the semiconductor IP space for CPU and GPU technology will ensure that developers can achieve high performance across the widest range of platforms."

In May last year, the semiconductor and software firm announced a partnership with Chukong Technologies to support the optimization of Cocos-2dx based applications.

Last month, ARM purchased an enterprise license from UK-based GameBench in order to carry out real-world performance and usability testing on its chips. The license also allows ARM partners to use GameBench's benchmarking tools.

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