Did hackers expose N-Gage games?

Wednesday, 12 November 2003, 12:32 PM EST

If various Web reports are true, someone has discovered a way for the games to be played on any cell phone that, like the N-Gage portable video game machine, uses the Symbian operating system. Symbian is an overwhelming favorite among handset makers that develop next-generation cell phones.

"We are aware Web sites are reporting to have hacked copies of our games," a Nokia representative said. "We are looking into such claims and take them very seriously. It would allow pirates to steal copyright-protected material, and that is illegal."

The representative said Nokia is still investigating the claims, which were first reported in late October. However, the representative raised the possibility that N-Gage games, which generally cost between $30 and $35, may soon be available for free over the Internet.

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