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Minecraft creator tells Microsoft to 'stop trying to ruin the PC'

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The creator of the popular game Minecraft, Markus Persson, took to Twitter on Thursday to slam Microsoft over Windows 8. Persson's critique is the latest to emerge from the gaming world, which is bad news for Microsoft, as the company seeks the support of software developers to ensure Windows...
Minecraft creator tells Microsoft to 'stop trying to ruin the PC'
The DeanBeat: “Evil” Zynga learns that old labels can come back to haunt you

Casual gaming vets raise cash for UpTap, focusing on a new class of tablet-based games

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Daniel Bernstein is back in the startup game. The Seattle area entrepreneur, best known for founding Sandlot Games, has formed a new company by the name of UpTap that’s focusing on tablet-based games, GeekWire has learned. The 2-month-old company just landed a seed round of $645,000 from Seattle angel investors,...
Casual gaming vets raise cash for UpTap, focusing on a new class of tablet-based games

Windows 8's Arbitrary App Certification Rules Could Block Skyrim And Other Huge Games

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We have already mentioned that some game developers were having a hard time accepting Windows 8 as a viable gaming platform. The primary concern is with Microsoft's insistence on walling off its Metro UI and accompanying Windows Store. When a distribution system is walled off, new restrictions come along that...
Windows 8's Arbitrary App Certification Rules Could Block Skyrim And Other Huge Games

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

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
Betable Nabs The Guy Behind Zynga's Recent Deal To Enter Real-Money Gaming

Apple new iPad hands-on!

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Here she is -- the iPad HD! Er, new iPad. Breaking away from the numerical tracking system used before (and still used in the iPhone range), Apple has decided to highlight the most major change in its newest slate by simply dubbing it "new." By and large, the new...
Apple new iPad hands-on!

From The China Social Game Summit 2010 in Beijing: State of the Industry And 6 Demos From Local Startups

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Over the weekend, I attended the China Social Game Summit 2010 in Beijing, a two-day event that attracted over 400 international attendees and 80 speakers. According to the organizers (China’s leading social game service provider Appleap and Tokyo- and Beijing-based VC firm Infinity Venture Partners), the event is the biggest...
From The China Social Game Summit 2010 in Beijing: State of the Industry And 6 Demos From Local Startups

iPad: It’s All About the Games

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Businessweek article, the iPad is going to be all about the games. A large portion of the few companies elite enough to actually get their hands on a pre-release version of the iPad are game developers. Gaming is big on the iPhone/iPod touch platform and our own Weldon Dodd’s...
iPad: It’s All About the Games
Applifier launches video ad network to monetize Facebook games
Gaming investors say the iPad will be this generation's console

Skype For Windows 8 Is Way Ahead Of iPad Version Design-Wise

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Look! Skype managed to make a non-hideous version of its app. Say what you like about Windows 8, but Microsoft seems to have knocked developers into line when it comes to interface design. Exhibit a: Skype for Not-Metro, which not only matches the minimal tile design of the OS, but...
Skype For Windows 8 Is Way Ahead Of iPad Version Design-Wise

Developers are hesitating with investments in Windows Phone 8 games

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Microsoft has promised that awesome games will run on Windows Phone 8 smartphones. It will be interesting to see more and more games with eye-popping 3D graphics that you normally see only on PCs or tablets. But while Microsoft’s approach of getting the same touchscreen-based games on smartphones, tablets...
Developers are hesitating with investments in Windows Phone 8 games

Facebook roundup: employees sell shares, anti-trust suit over Credits, Nasdaq compensation plan and more

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Facebook execs and board member sell some shares – With the end of an employee lockout this week, some top Facebook executives have sold portions of their shares. COO Sheryl Sandberg sold less than 2 percent of her shares for more than $7.4 million. Chief Accounting Officer David Spillane sold 256,000 shares, which...
Facebook roundup: employees sell shares, anti-trust suit over Credits, Nasdaq compensation plan and more

Stardock CEO Wants To Maximize Sales, Not Stop Piracy

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We have often questioned the intentions of those who try to fight and stop piracy at all costs. We have even raised the question in the past, "Which is more important, stopping piracy or increasing sales?" We are not alone in asking this question either. Some within the entertainment industry...
Stardock CEO Wants To Maximize Sales, Not Stop Piracy
Gaming Monetization Startup Playhaven Nabs Rovio's SVP of Brand Marketing Ville Heijari
Microsoft Says Windows Phone Store Now Features More Than 130K Apps, 40K New Developers Registered Since WP8 Launch

Apsalar Lets You Customize Your Mobile App For Users Based On Their Behavior

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Apsalar, a San Francisco-based mobile analytics startup, is giving developers more precision in how they target their users. The company is launching something called “Advanced User Segments” today. In plain English, that means that developers can change the way their app works or send targeted promotions to consumers based on...
Apsalar Lets You Customize Your Mobile App For Users Based On Their Behavior

Kontagent Raises $1 Million For Facebook Analytics Platform

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Kontagent, an fbFund winner and social analytics platform has raised $1 million from a number of angel investors, including Jameson Hsu, co-founder/CEO of Mochimedia; Greg Thomson, founder of TallTreeGames and creator of YoVille (Acquired by Zynga); Mike Sego, Chief Product Officer of Gaia and creator of (Fluff)Friends (Acquired by SGN)....
Kontagent Raises $1 Million For Facebook Analytics Platform
Early 2013 becoming new "holiday season" for some game developers
Intel promises souped up graphics with new fourth-generation Core processors

Google on Android: 900 Million Activations, New Tools for Developers Coming

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Google said on Wednesday that there are now 900 million Android devices out there. “It’s an extraordinary achievement,” Google’s Sundar Pichai said at the company’s I/O conference in San Francisco. “But it is an incredible ecosystem achievement.” There were 100 million activations in 2011, and 400 million as of 2012....
Google on Android: 900 Million Activations, New Tools for Developers Coming

KakaoTalk Partners With AdPOPcorn, Brings Ads To Its Messaging Platform As It Prepares A Facebook Home Rival Launcher

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Another move in the oh-so-hot mobile messaging space today: South Korea’s Kakao Inc, which owns the KakaoTalk cross-platform mobile messaging app, has inked an agreement with digital marketing company IGAWorks to bring its mobile ad product, adPOPcorn, to the messaging app. IGAWorks will also provide adPOPcorn to game developers whose products integrate with KakaoTalk....
KakaoTalk Partners With AdPOPcorn, Brings Ads To Its Messaging Platform As It Prepares A Facebook Home Rival Launcher

Android comes under fire from game developers on piracy

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Dead Trigger developers say the recent price drop of their game in the Google Play Store is because of the "piracy rate on Android devices that was unbelievably high." [Read more]...
Android comes under fire from game developers on piracy

Facebook shares new documentation for local currency pricing, sets migration for Q3

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Facebook today provided updates regarding its transition from Credits to local currency pricing. The company offered new documentation for game developers and announced that migration will occur in Q3 this year. Facebook decided to phase out Credits in favor of a user’s local currency — dollars, pounds or yen, for example...
Facebook shares new documentation for local currency pricing, sets migration for Q3
UK government opens investigation into free games, in-app purchases aimed at children
Com2Us rides the Kakao mobile games wave and expands to the U.S.

Valve plans to sell apps via Steam ranging from "creativity to productivity"

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Everybody wants their own app store and cloud, and Valve is no different. The source of many of the greatest games in the past few years (Portal 1 and 2, people!), Valve’s Steam game platform has become renowned for its ease of use in buying games and the Source game...
Valve plans to sell apps via Steam ranging from "creativity to productivity"

Blogging Inside Social Apps: Social Game Marketing and Performance Advertising on Facebook

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Analytics and Open Graph were big topics of discussion during the “Social Game Marketing and Performance Advertising on Facebook” panel at the Inside Social Apps Conference in San Francisco on Thursday. Ifeelgoods Co-founder and VP of Business Development Suchit Dash, AdParlor CEO and Co-founder Hussein Fazal, Kontagent CEO and Co-Founder...
Blogging Inside Social Apps: Social Game Marketing and Performance Advertising on Facebook
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