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Secrets of the acquisition process from EA and Zynga (straight from the horse’s mouth!)

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The corporate development folks over at Electronic Arts and Zynga shared some insider advice last night on how the acquisitions process works at both companies. I’ve excerpted some advice from the panel, which was held last night at Pillsbury, a law firm in downtown San Francisco. Michael Chang, a director...
Secrets of the acquisition process from EA and Zynga (straight from the horse’s mouth!)

EA CEO Sends Farewell Letter: 'My Decision To Leave EA Is Really All About My Accountability'

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Electronics Arts CEO John Riccitiello announced today that he'll be stepping down from his post. He was at the helm of EA for six years.  Matthew Lynley and Ian Sherr at The Wall Street Journal dug up the farewell memo Riccitiello sent to his employees. In it, the exec addressed the...
EA CEO Sends Farewell Letter: 'My Decision To Leave EA Is Really All About My Accountability'
Zynga and Electronic Arts settle The Ville lawsuit

On The Heels Of Draw Something's Success, OMGPOP Has Multiple Suitors And It Would Consider A Strategic Acquisition

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It's been reported that Zynga is courting Draw Something creator OMGPOP to the tune of $150 million. A source familiar with the situation says "everyone is making a move" on OMGPOP and that a strategic acquisition wouldn't be out of the question. Some of the suitors have been aggressive;...
On The Heels Of Draw Something's Success, OMGPOP Has Multiple Suitors And It Would Consider A Strategic Acquisition
EA and Tencent to take The Sims Social game to China
Analyst suggests The Old Republic is already losing subscribers

Online services for Madden NFL 11, others get the ax

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EA says the move is designed to free up engineering and IT staff time for more popular games. [Read more]...
Online services for Madden NFL 11, others get the ax
BlackBerry 10 launches with a ton of big apps, including Skype, Kindle, Facebook & more

DRM deceit: SimCity doesn't need to be always online, says Maxis developer

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In an unsurprising but wholly satisfying twist, it turns out that EA and Maxis were lying about SimCity's always-online server requirements. According to a developer who worked on SimCity and has very detailed knowledge of the game's architecture, it would be quite easy to create a single-player version of the...
DRM deceit: SimCity doesn't need to be always online, says Maxis developer

EA and Zynga Quietly Resolve Copyright Dispute Out of Court

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In federal court today, all lawsuits related to Electronic Arts’ claim that Zynga copied one of its Facebook games were been dismissed. According to a filing in U.S. District Court of Northern California, the entire case was dismissed with prejudice. Both companies issued identical statements on the subject: “EA and Zynga...
EA and Zynga Quietly Resolve Copyright Dispute Out of Court

Electronic Arts exec: EA is going ‘100 percent digital’

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Even as gamers speculate about what, exactly, is going to be a part of the next PlayStation and the next Xbox, analysts have been saying that consoles as we know them aren’t long for this world. Why? Digital distribution, of course. Read full article >>...
Electronic Arts exec: EA is going ‘100 percent digital’

Game On: Zynga Fires Back at EA With Rebuttal and Countersuit

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Zynga responded to Electronic Arts’ copyright infringement claims on Friday with a defense of its version of a “life simulation” game and a counterclaim that alleges the game giant illegally interfered with its recruiting. Zynga filed a pair of motions to rebut Electronic Arts’ claims in the original filing, arguing...
Game On: Zynga Fires Back at EA With Rebuttal and Countersuit

How Linden Labs Hopes To Find Second Life In Mobile Creative Play

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Linden Labs, the company that created Second Life and grew that online community into one of the most colorful, varied online social networks in the world, is doing some very different things for the first time in many, many years. The timing is likely right: reports recently indicate Second Life...
How Linden Labs Hopes To Find Second Life In Mobile Creative Play

New iPad to be Called 'iPad HD' and Not 'iPad 3'?

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CNet claims that the next iPad that is due to be announced on Wednesday will be named "iPad HD".A developer who's previously provided reliable information with respect to things Apple and otherwise tells us the next iPad uses the HD moniker instead of going with "iPad 3."The next generation...
New iPad to be Called 'iPad HD' and Not 'iPad 3'?

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

Real Racing 3 to be free-to-play, takes its place in EA's higher gaming pantheon

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The Real Racing series has been a staple of mobile gaming, at least in some circles. However, EA now sees the game as big enough to matter for the entire brand, full stop -- and it's willing to make Real Racing 3 a free-to-play release to snag as wide...
Real Racing 3 to be free-to-play, takes its place in EA's higher gaming pantheon

We're live from E3 2013 in Los Angeles!

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) officially kicks off on Tuesday morning, but press attendees have packed schedules starting bright and early tomorrow AM. Microsoft's kicking things off with its briefing, which promises new Xbox One details and a major focus on games. Sony, meanwhile, is officially unveiling its new...
We're live from E3 2013 in Los Angeles!
Redditor Points Out The Flaws In SimCity's Online-Only DRM, Gets Banned By EA For His Troubles [UPDATED]

Avid Gamer (And Minnesota Vikings Punter) Chris Kluwe Does The Math On How Much EA's SimCity Debacle Cost EA

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Oh, EA. I would imagine that there are more than a few execs and PR people who are hoping their employer is siphoning off a bit of its $5 billion market cap and putting it towards time machine R&D. With this post-facto mulligan tearing a new hole in the spacetime...
Avid Gamer (And Minnesota Vikings Punter) Chris Kluwe Does The Math On How Much EA's SimCity Debacle Cost EA
Never mind the hardware: why didn't Sony's PS4 event have any women?
Amazon suspends 'SimCity' digital orders as customer complaints surge

Game Closure Poaches Zynga’s CTO Of Mobile To Lead HTML5 Game Development

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Last we heard from Game Closure, the young startup had just turned down offers from Zynga and Facebook on its way to a $12 million raise from Greylock, Benchmark, General Catalyst, and more. Even in spite of $100 million-plus offers, Game Closure CEO Michael Carter tells us that the startup...
Game Closure Poaches Zynga’s CTO Of Mobile To Lead HTML5 Game Development

Samsung attracts indie devs to its yard with zero-commission offer

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Samsung, tired of its own-brand app store playing second fiddle to Google Play, has decided to throw some of its considerable cash at the problem. It's appealing to indie app developers in the hope of finding the next Angry Birds big thing. In partnership with Chillingo, EA's mobile games...
Samsung attracts indie devs to its yard with zero-commission offer

PSA: SimCity now available, go realize your city-building dreams

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Who wants to build a beta city? The final version of EA's long-awaited followup to its city-building classic goes live today in North America for all of you aspiring mayors out there -- well, those of you with a PC at least (the Mac version is still forthcoming). You...
PSA: SimCity now available, go realize your city-building dreams
Analysts disappointed with EA’s outlook, but see bright points

With "Experts," Klout Wants to Make Influence Matter in Online Q&A

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For some time I’ve thought that Klout, the social startup that aims to measure online influence, makes a certain amount of sense as a business product. The ability for a brand to keep track of the social reach of consumers could be useful, perhaps in catering to them with offers...
With "Experts," Klout Wants to Make Influence Matter in Online Q&A

SimCity Social finds a home on Facebook, destiny winks in approving fashion

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Given that "City" is in the name, SimCity has always felt like a title in need of a social platform. Fast forward a score or so since its inception, and fate seems to have finally played out. SimCity Social was just announced at E3 today, bringing the heralded city-building...
SimCity Social finds a home on Facebook, destiny winks in approving fashion

SimCity for Mac arrives June 11, players get OS X and Windows copies with 1 purchase

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EA announced on Wednesday that the latest version of its hit SimCity franchise would land on Apple's Mac platform on June 11.    ...
SimCity for Mac arrives June 11, players get OS X and Windows copies with 1 purchase
EA's HTML5 'Strike Force' aims to take browser gaming to the next level

Ex-Pandemic Employees Jab EA With New iPhone Game

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Ex-Pandemic Employees Jab EA With New iPhone Game
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