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Facebook partners with mobile billing provider Bango

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U.K. mobile billing and analytics provider Bango announced today it signed a deal “to provide payment services to Facebook.” The arrangement could be part of an upcoming effort to monetize Facebook’s mobile platform. The social network has 425 million monthly active mobile users but so far does not generate “meaningful”...
Facebook partners with mobile billing provider Bango

Zynga Is A Flawed Company In Desperate Need Of A Breakout Hit (ZNGA)

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Zynga's decision to pay $210 million for Draw Something, and the game's subsequent rise and fall, appear to expose a fundamental flaw in the social gaming company that should frighten investors, and be setting off alarm bells in the company's headquarters. As you can see in the chart on the...
Zynga Is A Flawed Company In Desperate Need Of A Breakout Hit (ZNGA)

Game Developers Already Abandoning Google's Social Network

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It’s been less than a year since Google launched social gaming on the Google+ network, but already some developers are calling it quits. Wooga has confirmed that Monster World has already been taken down and that more titles are on the way. PopCap, a division of Electronic Arts, also confirmed that...
Game Developers Already Abandoning Google's Social Network

Zynga And Facebook Just Ripped Up Their Long-Term Partnership (FB, ZNGA)

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Zynga and Facebook have agreed to substantially change an agreement the two companies struck two years ago, a new SEC filing reveals. That agreement gave Zynga a privileged position on Facebook's platform. The revision appears to make Zynga more subject to Facebook's general terms for app developers. Effective in March,...
Zynga And Facebook Just Ripped Up Their Long-Term Partnership (FB, ZNGA)

4 strategies advertisers are using for Facebook's search ads

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Facebook’s search-based ads, Sponsored Results, became available through the Ads API and Power Editor tool last week, allowing a range of advertisers to test the new offering. Here we’ll look at the four main strategies we’ve seen companies take: Steal traffic from competitors Show up when users search for related pages or apps Get impressions...
4 strategies advertisers are using for Facebook's search ads

Zynga teases new CityVille2 game

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The social game creator releases a beta version of CityVille 2, with promises of 3D graphics and the ability to craft new items. [Read more]...
Zynga teases new CityVille2 game

David Ko sees mobile as critical for Zynga's comeback in 2013 (interview)

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Mobile gaming is perhaps the most strategic market in gaming now, and David Ko, chief operations officer of Zynga and No. 2 in command next to chief executive Mark Pincus, knows it. Ko recently made the tough calls of shutting down Zynga’s social games on Facebook such as CityVille...
David Ko sees mobile as critical for Zynga's comeback in 2013 (interview)

Y Combinator-Backed Minefold Launches Affordable, On-Demand Platform For Game Hosting

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Multiplayer online games are becoming increasingly popular, so much so that the already-addictive web has become rife with way-too-addictive game experiences that will steal hours from your day — and probably most of your rent money. Zynga’s Cityville is played by over 61 million users per month, and the cult...
Y Combinator-Backed Minefold Launches Affordable, On-Demand Platform For Game Hosting

Playing The News: To Push Social Gaming Forward, Two New Startups Look To The Real World

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When most people think of social gaming, they likely think of Zynga and its flagship titles, like FarmVille and CityVille — or even Words With Friends. Yet, as Facebook social gaming matures (right along with mobile technology and platforms), we are starting to see studios begin to push the boundaries...
Playing The News: To Push Social Gaming Forward, Two New Startups Look To The Real World

A Six-Word Explainer For Zynga's Disastrous Second Quarter (ZNGA)

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The message from Zynga's disastrous second quarter, which sent its stock diving 40 percent, is simple: fewer people are playing Facebook games. Zynga was once one of the hottest IPOs of 2011. But it has faded from the top as gamers move to mobile devices and spend less and less...
A Six-Word Explainer For Zynga's Disastrous Second Quarter (ZNGA)

As Playfish Crumbles, EA Is Hands Off For Its Other Gigantic $1.3 Billion Acquisition (EA)

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Playfish, at one point a social gaming juggernaut next to Zynga, is losing key personnel and hasn't made a big hit that can truly compete with Zynga's other big hits like CityVille after its sale to Electronic Arts. But PopCap, EA's other gigantic next-generation gaming acquisition that it paid $1.3...
As Playfish Crumbles, EA Is Hands Off For Its Other Gigantic $1.3 Billion Acquisition (EA)
Zynga to launch its own game portal in early March, will bring games (partially) outside of Facebook
For aviation buffs, Checkpoint Studios launches AviNation social game on Facebook (exclusive)

Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

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One of many images from EA's filing demonstrating the similarities between The Ville and The Sims Social. EA v. Zynga complaint It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Zynga, whose less-than-stellar earnings report last Friday was quickly followed by allegations of insider trading by no fewer than...
Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

Draw Something is sold to rival

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The number one sketching game app is sold to company behind Farmville and Cityville....
Draw Something is sold to rival

There's A Major Flaw In Zynga's Plan To Fix Itself (ZNGA)

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Zynga has a plan to fix itself that involves becoming a more mobile-focused company and putting more resources behind the "With Friends" brand, Shayndi Raice at the Wall Street Journal reports. It has no choice but to figure out mobile. Zynga's mobile users are growing three times faster than its...
There's A Major Flaw In Zynga's Plan To Fix Itself (ZNGA)

Zynga sees lower revenue in its Q1 2013 earnings with $264M, but higher EPS of $0.01

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Social game platform and creator Zynga on Wednesday released its first quarter financial performance, with revenues of $264 million and an adjusted earnings per share of $0.01. Wall Street analysts had expected the company to have $265 million in revenue and earnings per share of -$0.04. One area of concern...
Zynga sees lower revenue in its Q1 2013 earnings with $264M, but higher EPS of $0.01

Zynga Unleashing Several New Games and an Update for Its Playground

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Zynga is expected to unveil its playbook at its second “Unleashed” event tomorrow, including a line-up of games that will be released over the next several months. The event, starting at 10:30 a.m., will be hosted by the company’s CEO Mark Pincus at its swanky San Francisco headquarters. As usual,...
Zynga Unleashing Several New Games and an Update for Its Playground

How Facebook search ads change the competitive landscape for businesses

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For years of search marketing, companies have had to bid on their own keywords to protect their brand and avoid losing traffic to competitors. Now they’ll probably have to do it for Facebook, too. Facebook announced its plans to offer search-based advertisements called Sponsored Results last month and recently we’ve...
How Facebook search ads change the competitive landscape for businesses

OxfordJam: Social enterprise must catch onto apps and digital economy, says digital entrepreneur

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The founder of an e-learning social enterprise says digital economy market is lucrativeSocial enterprises could make millions of pounds through social apps, online games and challenges, and other cash-generating ventures in the digital economy, according to serial health sector social entrepreneur and web developer Dave Dawes.Speaking at a session at...
OxfordJam: Social enterprise must catch onto apps and digital economy, says digital entrepreneur

Kixeye Poaches CityVille GM Patmore From Zynga to be VP of Product

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Zynga’s tanking stock price is everyone else’s gain. Kixeye, the iconoclastic, midcore Facebook gaming company, just hired away the general manager of CityVille, Alan Patmore, to be its vice president of product. It’s a score for the company at a time when the entire social gaming industry is in flux....
Kixeye Poaches CityVille GM Patmore From Zynga to be VP of Product

Zynga's reaction to EA: Lawsuit is both unfortunate and ironic

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As we just reported, EA has filed a lawsuit against Zynga over the striking similarities between EA’s The Sims and Zynga’s The Ville. Zynga’s General Counsel, Reggie Davis, has given The Next Web a statement on the matter: We are committed to creating the most fun, innovative, social and engaging...
Zynga's reaction to EA: Lawsuit is both unfortunate and ironic
Mobile ad startup Kiip hires Zynga’s advertising chief as COO

Rock or get a real job? He chose both

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Joe Raposo, Zynga’s 41-year-old quality assurance lead for CityVille, has an uncommon moonlighting gig. He’s the bassist for a SoCal punk band with seven studio albums, a zealous following and regular tour dates. By Richard Nieva, reporter FORTUNE — Joe Raposo, 41, works for Zynga as the quality assurance lead...
Rock or get a real job? He chose both
Zynga's chief game designer Brian Reynolds resigns

Zynga's CityVille Loses Mayor to Kixeye

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With Zynga’s stock price sinking – and morale along with it – employees have started to head for the door. The latest exit, following its COO John Schappert, is Alan Patmore, Zynga’s General Manager of CityVille, who has joined Kixeye as their VP of Product. Compared to its social gaming counterparts, Kixeye flies under the...
Zynga's CityVille Loses Mayor to Kixeye

Zynga applies for Nevada gambling license

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Fans of Zynga Poker may soon have the chance to give up the game's virtual currency and play for real-world stakes. The struggling social games maker recently took its first step to obtaining a gaming license in the state of Nevada, according to several reports. If approved, Zynga would...
Zynga applies for Nevada gambling license

As The Stock Implodes, The Exodus From Zynga Begins (ZNGA)

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Kixeye, a fast-growing social gaming startup in San Francisco, has hired away Zynga general manager Alan Patmore. At Zynga, Patmore oversaw CityVille and Mafia Wars, two of the company's most successful games on Facebook. Zynga has lately had a lot of trouble replicating those early successes, and is doing whatever it...
As The Stock Implodes, The Exodus From Zynga Begins (ZNGA)

FarmVille 2 Aporkalypse: Where Are The Pigs In Zynga's New Social Gaming Cash-Cow?

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FarmVille 2 is Zynga’s second go at milking as much filthy lucre from its farm-based social gaming franchise as possible. There’s no mystery to its existence. The franchise has been a runaway hit for years, and continues to be the top revenue-generating game for the company — despite being more weather-beaten cockerel...
FarmVille 2 Aporkalypse: Where Are The Pigs In Zynga's New Social Gaming Cash-Cow?
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