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MediaCorp continues spending spree in tech scene, buys majority stake in gaming site Cubinet

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MediaCorp, the largest media broadcaster in Singapore, has acquired a majority stake in online gaming site Cubinet Interactive, hot on the heels of its investment in another online site last week. The move continues MediaCorp’s spending spree in the tech scene, marking its first-ever investment in an online gaming site...
MediaCorp continues spending spree in tech scene, buys majority stake in gaming site Cubinet

PlayMesh changes their name to Quark Games

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In an effort to rebrand themselves as a developer of hardcore games, PlayMesh today announced that they changed their name to Quark Games. PlayMesh, developer of strategic combat game Valor, will transition their focus fully on competitive mobile games. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company will also sunset all of its older casual games...
PlayMesh changes their name to Quark Games

HeyZap Now Lets Social Games Expand Beyond Facebook’s Walls

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HeyZap, the startup that makes it easy for publishers to integrate casual games into their sites, is entering a very hot new territory today: social gaming. The company has partnered with fifteen social game developers, and will be integrating their games into the HeyZap widget over the next few weeks....
HeyZap Now Lets Social Games Expand Beyond Facebook’s Walls
After a year in development and $1M spent, Big Fish Games launches Fetch mobile game (exclusive)

Zynga Taps A Veteran Of Yahoo's Glory Days To Its Board (ZNGA)

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If you don't know who Ellen Siminoff is, then you missed the best years of the Internet's first wave. So catch up! Zynga just tapped Siminoff, now the CEO of educational website Shmoop, to its board of directors. Here's why we're stoked about this appointment. As a twentysomething executive, Siminoff...
Zynga Taps A Veteran Of Yahoo's Glory Days To Its Board (ZNGA)

Game of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

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The Seattle region may be known for operating systems, airplanes and coffee, but video games play a huge role in the technology scene, and today we’re pleased to present a new GeekWire Awards category that recognizes this important field. Below you’ll find the five finalists for Game of the Year...
Game of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

Playtime's not over: Why European social and mobile gaming companies thrived in 2012

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A few weeks ago at Le Web Paris 2012, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel with two founders of rapidly growing social and mobile gaming companies, along with Julien Codorniou, who is in charge of European gaming industry partnerships at Facebook (video embedded below). One of the things...
Playtime's not over: Why European social and mobile gaming companies thrived in 2012

Legal landscape gets tougher for blatant game clones

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Yeti Town (left) is a bit too similar to Triple Town (right) from a legal standpoint, according to a recent ruling. Edge Online Here at Ars, we've previously discussed how difficult it is for game developers to prove copyright infringement in court. Because copyright only protects the specific expression...
Legal landscape gets tougher for blatant game clones

Mobile app news roundup: iOS Trojans, Call of Duty goes mobile and Big Fish Games’ cloud

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Mobile security issues hit iOS and Android – Security issues loomed large on smartphones this week. Wired reported Apple had to remove the first iOS Trojan from the App Store — a Russian app called Find and Call that scraped user’s contact lists and sent unauthorized emails and messages. The...
Mobile app news roundup: iOS Trojans, Call of Duty goes mobile and Big Fish Games’ cloud

Intel Is Reportedly Going To Destroy The Cable Model By Offering People The Ability To Subscribe To Individual Channels (INTC)

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Intel is reportedly on the cusp of delivering something that consumers around the world have been wanting for a long, long time. Kelly Clay at Forbes reports Intel is going to blow up the cable industry with its own set-top box and an unbundled cable service. Clay says Intel is...
Intel Is Reportedly Going To Destroy The Cable Model By Offering People The Ability To Subscribe To Individual Channels (INTC)

Xbox TV: Is Microsoft building an Apple TV competitor?

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Microsoft is building a TV set-top-box based on Windows 8, according to a report from the Verge. The device will offer consumers access to online video and TV services also found on the Xbox 360, plus some casual games. Microsoft is planning to release the device in time before the...
Xbox TV: Is Microsoft building an Apple TV competitor?

A winning wager? Experts see a $20B market for gambling in games

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SAN FRANCISCO — Serious gamers did not shy away from confronting serious issues at third day of the Game Developers Conference — including gambling. A panel on the hotly debated issue of gambling in games was packed. The big questions for the experts: Is gambling the next big growth...
A winning wager? Experts see a $20B market for gambling in games
Adobe Flash-based mass market games will go 3D in a big way

A Game Controller Full of Nostalgia -- And Limitations

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I have a self-imposed ban on videogame consoles in my house. It’s not because I hate videogames, it’s because I love them too much. Though it’s getting hard to resist them with all their integrated entertainment features, for the past couple of years I’ve been able to get my fix...
A Game Controller Full of Nostalgia -- And Limitations

PaeDae offers game developers new way to get money and users

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Mobile game developers trying to crack that persistant monetization gap are getting a new tool called PaeDae that combines a reward network with tools to cross-promote titles. That takes PaeDae into competition with services like Kiip, Chartboost, PlayHaven and Tapjoy. But the company believes it’s got a unique offering that...
PaeDae offers game developers new way to get money and users

Why Everything is Becoming a Game

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The fact that many people love games isn’t really that new. Retailers and even our own governments have used our love of games to sell us products and hook us on lotteries and whatever else they can think of to boost revenue. But the rise of online games such...
Why Everything is Becoming a Game

EA closes PopCap studio in Dublin

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Electronic Arts is closing its in-house developer PopCap’s Dublin office. The shut down of the Dublin office results in 96 people losing their jobs. PopCap associate producer JP Vaughn confirmed the closure in a tweet this morning. Last month, PopCap let go 50 employees across its North American branches and...
EA closes PopCap studio in Dublin
Musemantik delivers music for your videos, straight from the cloud

David Jaffe to leave Eat Sleep Play when Twisted Metal is complete

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David Jaffe, the creator of games such as Twisted Metal, has confirmed earlier reports that he will be leaving Eat Sleep Play for a new gig. However, in a tweet, he says he is going to stay onboard until Twisted Metal has shipped and any post-launch bugs have been...
David Jaffe to leave Eat Sleep Play when Twisted Metal is complete

Big Fish Games launches casual cloud gaming service for TVs, mobile, and PCs

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Big Fish Games unveiled a live version of its Big Fish Unlimited casual gaming experience today. The company showed off the new service at the Casual Connect game conference in Seattle today. Will O’Brien, general manager of Big Fish Unlimited, showed off the Grim Tales: The Bride game on the cloud...
Big Fish Games launches casual cloud gaming service for TVs, mobile, and PCs

Big Fish touts 2 billion game downloads, reports $220 million in bookings last year

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Paul Thelen Big Fish currently sits atop the GeekWire 200 list, our ranking of the top privately-held companies in the region. And here’s a good reason why. The Seattle game maker, founded by former RealNetworks employee Paul Thelen in 2002, announced today that it has distributed more than two billion...
Big Fish touts 2 billion game downloads, reports $220 million in bookings last year

Hands on: Fling Joystick for iPad and other tablets

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The Fling Joystick for iPad is one of the more interesting accessories available for the iPad and other tablets. With the graphics capabilities of tablets approaching console quality, the biggest hurdle facing in-depth gaming on capacitive touchscreen devices is the lack of physical controls. Similar comments were of course leveled...
Hands on: Fling Joystick for iPad and other tablets

Zynga Loses Its CTO of Mobile as Shares Trade Lower

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Game Closure, which is building a platform to make it easy for games to be played across multiple devices, said it has hired Laurent Desegur, Zynga’s CTO of mobile. Desegur will join the Mountain View, Calif., start-up as a VP of Mobile Engineering, in charge of the company’s game engine...
Zynga Loses Its CTO of Mobile as Shares Trade Lower
After big hit on iPhone, only 30 percent of Kabam's revenue comes from Facebook (interview)

Rage Of Bahamut reaches No. 1 on iOS and Android with equal revenue from both platforms

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Japan-based DeNA announced that its Rage of Bahamut app became the No. 1 grossing game on both iOS and Android yesterday, while earning roughly the same revenue per day from each mobile platform. The noteworthy aspect is that the game’s success pokes holes in recent findings from Flurry, which...
Rage Of Bahamut reaches No. 1 on iOS and Android with equal revenue from both platforms

It's Time To Admit It: The iPad Actually Is A Serious Gaming Device (AAPL, MSFT, SNE)

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Tim Cook irked a lot of hardcore gamers when he proclaimed iPad owners considered their tablet to be their favorite gaming device. CNET's Jeff Bakalar rightly chastised Apple's marketing spin: ...it downplays your intelligence as a consumer, leading you to believe that a new iPad is capable of delivering an...
It's Time To Admit It: The iPad Actually Is A Serious Gaming Device (AAPL, MSFT, SNE)

Zynga Picks Up Mobile Gaming Startup Wild Needle In A Talent Deal

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Zynga has picked up the team behind Wild Needle, a female-focused casual games company that was backed by Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson. Wild Needle was raising funding back in late 2010 to build casual, mobile games for women and closed a round with Thompson and Shasta Ventures. They didn’t release their...
Zynga Picks Up Mobile Gaming Startup Wild Needle In A Talent Deal

King to launch Pet Rescue Saga on Mobile this summer; now has more than 70M DAU

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The London-based game studio behind Candy Crush Saga today announced that it’s launching Pet Rescue Saga on iOS and Android early this summer, while also revealing that it has more than 70 million daily active users (DAU) across all platforms — mobile, Facebook and web. Pet Rescue Saga, which first...
King to launch Pet Rescue Saga on Mobile this summer; now has more than 70M DAU

Seattle tech vet Matt Hulett named CEO of ClickBank

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Matt Hulett Matt Hulett, the Seattle startup veteran who was most recently president of RealNetworks’ video-game division, has been named the CEO of ClickBank, a Boise-based digital content creation, distribution and marketing platform. Hulett, the former AdXpose (Mpire) CEO and Expedia Corporate Travel president, announced his departure from RealNetworks’ GameHouse...
Seattle tech vet Matt Hulett named CEO of ClickBank

(Screen) size matters for mobile interface design

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This story is part of a series exploring the themes of our upcoming, invitation-only Mobile Summit, April 1-2 in Sausalito, Calif. Explore more stories in the Mobile Summit Debate series.  Charles Huang is the chief executive of Green Throttle Games. He also co-founded Red Octane, creator of Guitar Hero....
(Screen) size matters for mobile interface design
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