Summus, a developer of applications and information processing tools, is extending its mobile games contract with ZIO Interactive for another two years.

This means that Summus will continue to distribute Nineball, Ultimate Golf Challenge, Fun2Link, Blue Marine and Metalion in North America, South America and Australia. Plus, the companies have plans to launch as many as five additional branded games in 2004.

Summus says it will evaluate the catalog of ZIO Interactive games that have seen success in Asian markets. Games that can be branded with a well-known entity in North America will be made available for carriers, the company says.

“ZIO Interactive offers great game titles that we are confident we can brand by partnering with well-known content companies,” said Gary Ban, chief executive officer of Summus. “Branded applications associate a well-known name with the mobile game experience, which in turn provides higher subscriber rates.”

The additional games are targeted for release throughout 2004 and will be developed on Qualcomm’s Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW) and Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) platforms.

Summus: www.summus.com