PopCap to pre-load its casual games on Sony Ericsson Android phones

Causal gaming masters PopCap have signed an agreement with Sony Ericsson, which will see some of the company’s mainstream casual games arrive pre-loaded on the forthcoming Xperia Mini and Xperia Mini Pro.

PopCap’s Plants vs. Zombies, Peggle and Chuzzle are the titles chosen, with the games arriving on the two smaller Xperias when they launch in the next month or so. And it looks like that may be Europe’s first chance to play the titles, as they’re still currently only available in the US-only Amazon Appstore.

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The announcement says that PvZ and Peggle will only be trial versions, but Chuzzle will be given away in its entirety. Poor Chuzzle. Here’s the press release:

PopCap Games Announces Global Agreement with Sony Ericsson

First worldwide mobile partnership marks the arrival of PopCap’s top game titles on Android in Europe

DUBLIN, Ireland – July 20, 2011 — PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual games, today announced that it has signed a global agreement with Sony Ericsson to pre-load Games By PopCap on Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini and Xperia™ mini pro smartphone models. The partnership will officially mark the arrival of PopCap’s game titles on Android devices in Europe.

As part of the agreement, PopCap hits such as Plants vs. Zombies™, Peggle® and Chuzzle® will be embedded on smartphone devices that will start to roll out later this Summer. PopCap’s multiple award-winning title, Chuzzle, will be pre-loaded in its entirety while other PopCap hits such as Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies will be included as unlimited trial modes – with the option to purchase full editions of the games using a directly integrated billing service.

“We are delighted to partner with Sony Ericsson to fulfill our promise to Android users and bring PopCap’s hit mobile games to an ever-widening base of smartphone users,” said Giordano Bruno Contestabile, PopCap’s senior director of global product and business strategy for mobile. “As the Android ecosystem matures, PopCap is committed to providing best-in-class game experiences for Android game players. The Sony Ericsson Xperia™ mini devices are equipped with superior processing power and exceptional screen resolution on the Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA® Engine, which provides an excellent platform for delivering the quality fun that our fans have come to expect.”

“By partnering with companies such as PopCap, we are demonstrating our commitment to bringing the very best communication and entertainment experiences to our phones,” said Fredrik Mansson, Global Product Marketing Manager at Sony Ericsson. “Games such as Plants vs. Zombies™, Peggle® and Chuzzle® are becoming increasingly popular amongst Android users and we are proud to be able to offer them exclusively on our Xperia™ mini and mini pro.”

About PopCap
PopCap Games is the leading global developer, publisher and operator of casual video games: fun, easy-to-learn, captivating games that appeal to all ages across PC, mobile, social and other platforms. Based in Seattle, Washington, PopCap was founded in 2000 and has a worldwide staff of more than 425 people in Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, B.C., Dublin, Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo. PopCap’s games have been downloaded over 1.5 billion times by consumers worldwide, and its flagship franchise, Bejeweled®, has sold more than 50 million units.