Gameloft has picked up the rights to publish games based on the hit TV franchise CSI.

The publisher is teaming with CBS Mobile to develop multiple games, with the first, CSI: Miami, due for release in the US today.

"We are thrilled to welcome CBS as a partner and look forward to a long term relationship," said Gonzague de Vallois, vice president of Gameloft.

"The CSI franchise set the bar for primetime crime drama television by engaging viewers on all levels. The mobile games will expand the CSI storyline into a fun and interactive experience."

"A mobile game adaptation of a CSI series is the perfect complement for a franchise with a fan base that watches the show with such a high level of engagement and interest in interactivity," added Anthony Zuiker, executive producer and creator of CSI.

"We are thrilled to join forces with Gameloft and are confident in their expertise to capture the essence of CSI and translate it into a quality mobile game."

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