D2 Communications Acquires 0.9% Stake In Tokyo-Based Ubiqituous Entertainment

Japan’s largest mobile marketing and advertising firm, D2 Communications (D2C), has acquired a 0.9% stake in Tokyo-based Ubiqituous Entertainment (UEI). D2C acquired a total of 400 UEI shares – other financial details of the deal, which was officially announced [JP] today, weren’t disclosed.

In April last year, the two companies started a program called 9leap [JP] for young game smartphone game designers (our previous coverage).

With the capital partnership, D2C and UEI plan to continue the program, co-develop HTML5-based web services and mobile ad solutions, and use the latter company’s knowhow in the gaming field to create new applications and content.

Founded in 2000, D2C is said to be not only Japan’s largest but also oldest mobile advertising company. D2C’s parent company is the country’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo – other shareholders are Dentsu, Dentsu Digital, and NTT Advertsing.


Himasere: Geeky Home Screen Replacement App For Android

If you’re an Android user, consider yourself a geek, understand Japanese, and need an appropriate home replacement screen on your handset, consider downloading Himasere. The app was released on the Android Market earlier this week by Tokyo-based tech company Ubiquitous Entertainment.

The idea here is to make it as easy as possible to access technology-related news and information (plus a game portal), just by flicking through the following sites from a single app:

If you had enough of reading news, you can flick through to 9leap (background in English), a game portal that lets you choose between 500+ games, which can all be played right from within the app:

Himasere supports Android 2.2 and up and is available for free on the Android Market.

Here is Ubiquitous Entertainment’s official promo video for the app:

9leap: D2C And UEI Launch Program For Young Smartphone Game Creators

Do you know a student in Japan who is under 25 years of age and who can create cool smartphone games? If yes, 9leap, a new program that just launched, might be of interest to you.

9leap is the brain child of Tokyo-based D2 Communications (D2C) – a joint venture between Dentsu and NTT Docomo – and tech company Ubiquitous Entertainment (UEI). The program runs from May to December this year, with the first part lasting from May 1 to August 31 and the second part from September 1 to December 31.

Applicants are supposed to create an original smartphone game (based on JavaScript) and present it to a jury whose members include, for example, legendary game maker Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the CEOs of D2C and UEI etc.

The prizes the successful applicants get include MacBooks, the chance to attend the Game Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco for free (plus there is a number of other bells and whistles).

You can check out details on the 9leap website as well as in this press release (in Japanese).