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Closing the loop: How iOS acquisition is about to get a whole lot smarter

New hires in mobile games: DeNA, Breaktime Studios and more

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Hiring in the mobile apps sector was down this week with 22 new hires overall between 10 companies. Based on information from LinkedIn and other sources, DeNA reported the most activity with eight new hires. The highest profile hire of the week was Todd Heringer who landed at Breaktime Studios as...
New hires in mobile games: DeNA, Breaktime Studios and more
Dead Island: The Reckoning

Curiosity Smartphone Game Gets Dramatic Updates

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British game developer Peter Molyneux - of Fable fame - announced last week in an interview with ReadWrite that his new independent studio 22Cans would soon be releasing a substantial update to its smartphone game Curiosity: What's Inside The Cube. The update arrived for Android users on Monday, iOS folks...
Curiosity Smartphone Game Gets Dramatic Updates

In the War Between Apps vs. HTML5, Goko Tries to Make Cross-Platform Gaming Work

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Today, Goko is unveiling its platform that helps developers build cross-platform games using HTML5, the controversial technology that many say isn’t ready for primetime. But, contrary to popular opinion, Goko argues that it is possible — and has games to prove it. The reason why the subject is worth debating...
In the War Between Apps vs. HTML5, Goko Tries to Make Cross-Platform Gaming Work

New this week on the Inside Network Job Board: Sociable Labs, SponsorPay, Kixeye and more

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The Inside Network Job Board is dedicated to providing you with the best job opportunities across social and mobile application platforms. Here are this week’s highlights from the Inside Network Job Board, including positions at: Sociable Labs, Fiveonenine Games, SponsorPay,  Machine Zone, King.com, Kixeye, PopCap Games, Ryzing,GameHouse, IMVU, Nuukster, Kobojo, Sneaky Games, Circle of Moms and SoJo Studios. Social Interaction Designer Director of...
New this week on the Inside Network Job Board: Sociable Labs, SponsorPay, Kixeye and more

Good news, gamers: Windows Phone finally getting uber-popular Temple Run

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One of the top mobile games is finally coming to Windows Phone. At this week’s Game Developer’s Conference, Microsoft announced that Temple Run will be arriving in the Windows Phone Marketplace “very, very soon.” Microsoft is actually a bit late with this, as it promised Temple Run for the 2012 holiday...
Good news, gamers: Windows Phone finally getting uber-popular Temple Run

Tango's plan for world dominance after 120M users: Bringing its messaging platform into mobile games

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now For Tango, what started out as a simple cross-platform video chat application has grown into a messaging giant with more than 120 million users. So where does it go from here? Today Tango is announcing its boldest move yet:...
Tango's plan for world dominance after 120M users: Bringing its messaging platform into mobile games

CrowdStar Co-Founder and GM Jeffrey Tseng promoted to CEO

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Mobile and social game developer CrowdStar today announced that co-founder and general manager of products Jeffrey Tseng has been promoted to CEO of the company. Former CEO and co-founder Peter Relan returns to his post of executive chairman on CrowdStar’s board of directors. CrowdStar said that the change comes as...
CrowdStar Co-Founder and GM Jeffrey Tseng promoted to CEO
Geek of the Week: Peter Newland, indie board game maker

The Inside Network Job Board: 12 Gigs, Wooga, PaeDae and more

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The Inside Network Job Board is dedicated to providing you with the best social media job opportunities across social and mobile application platforms. Here are this week’s highlights from the Inside Network Job Board, including positions at: 12 Gigs, Wooga, PaeDae and more. 12 Gigs Mobile Games – Back-End Software...
The Inside Network Job Board: 12 Gigs, Wooga, PaeDae and more

Executive Shuffling At Mobile Game Maker Pocket Gems: Co-Founder Terry Steps Down From CEO Role

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Zynga’s not the only one mixing around management these days. Pocket Gems, a mid-size mobile game developer backed by Sequoia Capital, is seeing some changes at the top today. Co-founder Daniel Terry is stepping down from the CEO role and becoming the company’s chief creative officer and executive chairman. Chief operating officer...
Executive Shuffling At Mobile Game Maker Pocket Gems: Co-Founder Terry Steps Down From CEO Role

Shadowrun Returns raises $1.8M in Kickstarter campaign

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Game developer Harebrained Schemes scored $1.8 million for Shadowrun Returns from more than 36,000 backers in one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter, which has become a huge platform for raising money for independent games. The campaign headed by game veteran Jordan Weisman closed its 30-day run tonight....
Shadowrun Returns raises $1.8M in Kickstarter campaign
Gaming Monetization Startup Playhaven Nabs Rovio's SVP of Brand Marketing Ville Heijari

6waves Lolapps chief denies copying Spry Fox’s social game (exclusive)

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Rex Ng, chief executive of 6waves Lolapps, denied allegations that his company violated copyright law in copying Spry Fox’s social game on Facebook. Spry Fox, a small game developer in Seattle, said last Sunday it filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against 6waves Lolapps because 6waves’ Yeti Town mobile game...
6waves Lolapps chief denies copying Spry Fox’s social game (exclusive)
Gamevil's Kyu Lee weighs in on publishing, niche markets and international success

Chartboost raises $19m from Sequoia, TransLink and SK Telecom to help mobile game developers monetize

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Chartboost has been plying its trade for the best part of two years now, helping mobile game developers increase their revenues by making it easier to manage their in-game advertising. And the San Francisco-based startup is taking a big step towards cementing its position in the mobile ad industry, announcing...
Chartboost raises $19m from Sequoia, TransLink and SK Telecom to help mobile game developers monetize

2K and Firaxis announces Xcom: Enemy Unknown for iOS

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Gaming giant 2K Games and game developer FIxaxis Games (known for the Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise) today announced that strategy title XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to iOS — iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch — by the summer. 2K and Firxais, which made the announcement at the 2013 Penny Arcade...
2K and Firaxis announces Xcom: Enemy Unknown for iOS

Ngmoco raises $25M for iPhone games, acquires Freeverse

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Making a bigger push into games on the iPhone, Ngmoco has raised $25 million in a third round of venture capital and acquired iPhone game developer Freeverse. The round was led by Institutional Venture Partners and included existing shareholders Kleiner Perkins, Norwest Venture Parters, and Maples Investments. To date, Ngmoco,...
Ngmoco raises $25M for iPhone games, acquires Freeverse

Microsoft takes over Halo online service March 31

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Former Halo game developer Bungie has announced that it will transfer all online data for its Halo games over to Microsoft and its 343 Industries division on March 31. Read more......
Microsoft takes over Halo online service March 31

Are you watching, Facebook? Asia's mobile chat apps show how it's done

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The App Store and Google Play may not be kings forever. If we look to Asia, we can see evidence that Web-based apps may be creeping closer to finding dominance on smartphones. And no-one should be more interested in the trend than Facebook. Last week, South Korea’s Kakao Talk announced...
Are you watching, Facebook? Asia's mobile chat apps show how it's done

Emerging top grossing iOS apps: MLB.com At Bat, Mass Effect, QuickOffice

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The arrival of MLB.com At Bat at the top of the top grossing charts for both iPhone and iPad makes it abundantly clear that baseball season is well and truly upon us. The remainder of the top grossing charts is otherwise dominated by games, with Electronic Arts’ latest mobile spin-off...
Emerging top grossing iOS apps: MLB.com At Bat, Mass Effect, QuickOffice

Tax breaks for games and training announced in autumn statement

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Chancellor's autumn statement brings good news for UK creative industries with a 25% tax relief and £6m fund for trainingGeorge Osborne has confirmed that the UK's video game, animation and "high end" television industries will benefit from a 25% tax relief from April 2013.The chancellor had already promised some form...
Tax breaks for games and training announced in autumn statement

King.com Buys Fabrication Games as it Pushes Onto Mobile, Eyes Possible 2013 IPO

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Swedish gaming company King.com just acquired Stockholm-based developer Fabrication Games in a big push to expand onto Android and iOS this year. With the deal, King.com picks up Fabrication’s talent, games and developer tools. Terms weren’t disclosed, but I would assume the acquisition is priced in the talent-range. Fabrication had...
King.com Buys Fabrication Games as it Pushes Onto Mobile, Eyes Possible 2013 IPO

T-Mobile partners with Zynga, brings games widget to customers

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In an effort to bring new and exclusive gaming and social features to T-Mobile customers, the telecom company has partnered with Zynga to create a widget that links to Zynga games available for T-Mobile customers starting today. The Zynga Games widget is said to make it easier for customers to...
T-Mobile partners with Zynga, brings games widget to customers

Fall of Angry Birds & some other posts you should read

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The fall of Angry Birds – Trey Smith, a San Diego, CA-based game developer crunches the numbers on Angry Birds, and offers up an explanation to why it has fallen in the app store ranking. He argues that mobile gaming is becoming all about “free to play.” Telcos and their...
Fall of Angry Birds & some other posts you should read

DealBook: Shanda Interactive's Shareholders Back Buyout Plan

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The vote clears the way for Shanda Interactive Entertainment, a Chinese online game developer, to be taken private by a management team led by the company's founding chairman....
DealBook: Shanda Interactive's Shareholders Back Buyout Plan

Zynga Reports Higher Revenues, Loss in First Quarter

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Zynga reported a net loss of $85 million, or 12 cents a share on revenues of $329 million, in the first quarter ended March 31. When excluding some charges, including stock-based compensation, the company’s non-GAAP earnings totaled 6 cents a share, beating analyst expectations of 5 cents a share. Revenues...
Zynga Reports Higher Revenues, Loss in First Quarter

Mobile app news roundup: iPhone 5 coming to China, Windows 8 phone releases, DeNA and Yahoo! expand alliance

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Applits.com partners with Buzztouch — Applits.com announced that users who submit their app ideas to its monthly contest and receive the most interest from the community will now be able to use Buzztouch’s hosted software to create and manage their app. DeNA and Yahoo! expand their business alliance —...
Mobile app news roundup: iPhone 5 coming to China, Windows 8 phone releases, DeNA and Yahoo! expand alliance
The DeanBeat: Video games can be about love, not just violence
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