Nokia blocks iOS game developer from Christmas charity
updated 06:30 pm EST, Mon December 19, 2011
by MacNN Staff
Lapland Studio's China event invitation cancelled
Finnish phonemaker Nokia has used its influence to cancel the participation of iOS game developer and fellow Finnish company Lapland Studio in a Santa Claus Foundation delegation that raises money for children's charities. The delegation consists of a number of Finnish tech companies and will take place in Wanda Plaza in Beijing, China, TechCrunchreported. Lapland Studio founder Ilkka Immonen was invited and aimed to demonstrate the company's latest iOS game, Elf Rescue, only to be dropped at the last minute.
Immonen went as far as booking his hotel in China and booking a flight before finding out just days before the trip that his presentation was cancelled. Upon inquiring why he had been denied, the Santa Claus Foundation told him Nokia would not allow an iOS game to have a slot during the presentations, most of which were for Finnish companies.
Immonen wasn't angry, but found the sequence of events amusing and suggested Nokia and possibly other sponsors paid the Foundation off to deny his company's attendance. Nokia has lost influence on the world stage but is still the dominant economic force in Finland.