Nokia Game sets out stall in AUD

Nokia Game has set up its regional ‘GameMaster headquarters’ at the American University in Dubai. 21-year old Khaled Abou Nader, an AUD student, will serve as the region’s ‘Chief GameMaster’.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  October 29, 2001

Nokia Game, the imminent all-media interactive adventure, has set up its regional ‘GameMaster headquarters’ at the American University in Dubai. 21-year old Khaled Abou Nader, an AUD student, will serve as the region’s ‘Chief GameMaster’, providing localised daily updates and coordinating activity between Nokia’s global control centre in Amsterdam and the local one based in Dubai.

“We are very proud to have the world’s youngest Chief GameMaster in our team. Not only that, but the whole team is the youngest among all,” said Eddie Maalouf, marketing manager, Nokia Mobile Phones Gulf.

“We are confident that our preparations have put us in a good steed and we are set to go,” he added. “All the GameMasters went through a rigorous test before being appointed, and we have the utmost confidence in them.”

Khaled, the youngest Chief GameMaster in the League, will be assisted by sixteen IT students based at the AUD control room, who will function as local GameMasters, each monitoring up to 25,000 players per country from across the region.

“I am proud to be chosen,” said Khaled. “Not many people my age can say that they have been appointed by Nokia to handle a regional project. For the last few months, I’ve been training both in Dubai and Amsterdam in preparation for this role.”

“In Amsterdam I was trained on how the system works, how to communicate with the GameMasters, and how Flash and Shockwave take the info from the content manager applications and give it as an output for the players to start,” continues Khaled. “After all the rehearsals and time spent preparing for this global challenge, I feel confident that we are extremely ready. Are you ready?”

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