Nokia Criticized for Non-transferable N-Gage Games

A major flaw in Nokia’s N-Gage mobile gaming platform was uncovered earlier this week. This flaw required any N-Gage user who updated his/her phone to re-purchase all the games on his/her phone.

Terrible news for the fans of Nokia’s N-Gage mobile gaming platform—this gaming service suffers from a fatal flaw, which implies that if they upgrade their phones to the new N-Gage phone, they will have to purchase their games all over again!

Earlier, this week the fansite All About N-Gage brought to light this major flaw in Nokia’s N-Gage mobile gaming platform; the site said that the activation code of a game is tied to the phone’s unique IMEI number, so if you upgrade your phone, you ‘lose’ the game.

As most cellphone users upgrade their phones annually, they hope that is just an oversight on nokia’s part and that the company will resolve this issue soon.

However, Nokia says that this is not an oversight; in fact, it is part of the company’s strategy to curb piracy.

In an official statement, Nokia said that it is the company’s policy that the N-Gage activation codes work only on the mobile handset they were first activate on; this is the company’s way to deal with piracy and ensure that its partners receive their rightful revenues through the gaming platform.

However, the company also said that if users need to repair their phones, the activation codes will be re-issued to them.