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16M Users Strong, TwitchTV Takes Live-Streamed Gaming Portal Mobile With iPad And Android Apps

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TwitchTV, a live-streamed video game portal and community for gamers that was spawned last June from live video platform Justin.tv, has been booming in terms of growth and revenue. But the platform didn’t yet offer native mobile apps for the iPad or Android, which was a main requests from users....
16M Users Strong, TwitchTV Takes Live-Streamed Gaming Portal Mobile With iPad And Android Apps

Why don't more game developers see royalties from their work?

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When people talk about the importance of actually spending money on games, rather than resorting to a used purchase or piracy, the importance of "supporting the developers" is never far from the argument. Yet for a lot of classic titles being repackaged and sold these days, money from new...
Why don't more game developers see royalties from their work?

PlayMob Raises Funding To Incentivise Social Games To Carry Charitable Virtual Goods

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PlayMob, who’s product GiverBoard lets charities fundraise via a clever in-game micro-payment mechanic, has secured £500,000 ($787,000) funding from NESTA and Midven alongside angel investors. The team will now expand from 8 to 13 and the product gets a decent shot in the arm. Founded in 2007, Playmob’s GiverBoard lets...
PlayMob Raises Funding To Incentivise Social Games To Carry Charitable Virtual Goods

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

Developers Are Divided Over Adobe’s Plan to Take Revenue Share For Higher-End Flash Games

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Developers are at odds over Adobe’s plan to charge a 9 percent revenue share for higher-end Flash games that make more than $50,000 in revenues. So today, Adobe announced a new set of features for developers who create very graphics-heavy games with the launch of Flash Player 11.2. It also unveiled a partnership...
Developers Are Divided Over Adobe’s Plan to Take Revenue Share For Higher-End Flash Games

The Interesting Part About Amazon’s In-App Payments Beta Is That Developers Have Pricing Control

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The most interesting part of Amazon’s move to provide an in-app payments flow is that they’re ceding pricing control to mobile developers. Amazon has been testing a new in-app payments system with several top-tier mobile developers for several months. It’s a big deal because there has been a huge shift...
The Interesting Part About Amazon’s In-App Payments Beta Is That Developers Have Pricing Control
Major League Gaming to air on CBS television this fall

Despite Ban, Facebook Finds A Way To Grow In China

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People in China may be barred from accessing Facebook, but that hasn't stopped them from making software for the 845-million member social network. The partnerships with Chinese software developers allow Facebook to find ways to show investors in its upcoming initial public offering growth and expansion in China, even though...
Despite Ban, Facebook Finds A Way To Grow In China
Skyrim creator Todd Howard shares secrets of video game design

Why one OMGPOP developer turned down a job offer from acquirer Zynga

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Over on Gamasutra today, Texas based games developer Shay Pierce has shared his view of the Zynga takeover of OMGPOP and how he is the only employee to be left behind in the new deal. Citing a difference in values, Pierce says that he is reactivating his own company, Deep Plaid...
Why one OMGPOP developer turned down a job offer from acquirer Zynga

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!

PlayerDuel lets iOS developers add a competition layer to their mobile games

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There’s been a massive surge in mobile games over the last few years, aided by the ever-increasing penetration of powerful smartphones and tablet computers. A lot of those games are designed and developed to be used by one player, although people generally like to know how to stack up against...
PlayerDuel lets iOS developers add a competition layer to their mobile games

Zynga Adds 50 People Through Talent Acquisition of Video Game Maker Buzz Monkey

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Zynga just closed a talent acquisition of Oregon-based video game maker Buzz Monkey, which will add about 50 people to its arsenal of game developers, we’ve confirmed with sources who have knowledge of the deal. The price isn’t being disclosed and the deal literally just closed at the end of...
Zynga Adds 50 People Through Talent Acquisition of Video Game Maker Buzz Monkey

PlaySpan: U.S. Consumer Spending On Virtual Goods Grew To $2.3 Billion In 2011

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It’s not exactly a secret that gaming has found new life on the web, social and mobile platforms. Of course, with it, especially the rise in free-to-play gaming, developers need to find ways to monetize their apps, or their browser-based games. Beyond mobile or banner advertising, there is the option...
PlaySpan: U.S. Consumer Spending On Virtual Goods Grew To $2.3 Billion In 2011

Android Market raises maximum app size to 4GB, APK files still limited to 50MB

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A small but fundamental shift happened this evening in the Android Market, as Google has raised its rather arbitrary maximum application size from 50MB to a hefty 4GB. While APK files retain the traditional 50MB restriction, developers will be able to bundle two additional 2GB expansion files with their...
Android Market raises maximum app size to 4GB, APK files still limited to 50MB

SketchUp Is Google’s First Divestment Ever, And It Made A Profit

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Google’s sale of a previously purchased arm of the company this morning, 3D modeling software SketchUp to Trimble, isn’t just something it does “every now and again”. It’s actually Google’s first divestment ever, according to two sources, and we’re hearing the search giant made a profit, as it sold SketchUp...
SketchUp Is Google’s First Divestment Ever, And It Made A Profit

Folloyu uses QR codes to take your browsing experience from desktop to mobile in seconds

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With services like Pocket and Instapaper making it easy to save online content for later reading, Folloyu offers a different approach to letting you take online content with you. Instead of saving a post or article to read later, Folloyu, one of The Next Web’s Startup Rally finalists makes it easy to...
Folloyu uses QR codes to take your browsing experience from desktop to mobile in seconds

Amazon Matches Apple's Revenue Split for In-App Payments

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Starting today, Amazon is finally giving developers in its Appstore the opportunity to sell digital content and subscriptions within their apps. As part of the announcement, the retailer is also confirming it will take a 30 percent cut of each transaction, which is the standard across both Apple’s App Store and...
Amazon Matches Apple's Revenue Split for In-App Payments

How Google plans to avoid Facebook’s “games ghetto” with Google+

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“We’ve seen communities ruined by games,” said Google+ engineering director David Glazer to a room full of app developers. “How do we find that balance between people who are interested in games… without having the problem of more spam?” Glazer is speaking onstage at the Inside Social Apps conference in...
How Google plans to avoid Facebook’s “games ghetto” with Google+

Here’s What The Facebook App Center Is Really About

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Chester Ng, co-founder and CMO of SweetLabs, makers of Pokki, an HTML5 app platform for the PC. The tectonic plates in the app world have been shifting quite a bit lately, in ways that will significantly impact developers and users. One major upcoming...
Here’s What The Facebook App Center Is Really About

Rockstar condemns Max Payne 3 cheaters to play only against each other

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Most online game developers deal with the persistent problem of in-game cheating by simply issuing blanket bans, hoping to eliminate the problem players from their universe entirely. Rockstar is taking a slightly different tack for online play in Max Payne 3, however, letting them continue to play in a quarantined,...
Rockstar condemns Max Payne 3 cheaters to play only against each other
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Feature: Game over—how sanctions and violence doomed Syria's gaming industry

Tablets boosting mobile gaming, in-app purchases: report

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As tablet sales rise, game developers will place further focus on designing more complex games for this platform, facilitating a new and possibly higher revenue stream, according to new research....
Tablets boosting mobile gaming, in-app purchases: report

Humble Bundle Mojam happens this weekend: vote on a game, see it made in 60 hours for charity

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The Humble Bundle organization has done a fairly impressive job of raising money for charities with its name-your-price game bundles (also benefiting game developers, of course), but it's doing something a little different this weekend. It's enlisted the help of Minecraft creator Mojang for the Humble Bundle Mojam, a...
Humble Bundle Mojam happens this weekend: vote on a game, see it made in 60 hours for charity

Star Trek: the video game – is it the new Mass Effect?

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Kirk and Spock team up for a new Star Trek 'bro-op' game based on the JJ Abrams reboot of the classic franchiseWhile Star Wars has proved a bounteous source of inspiration (and money) to game developers over the past 30 years, its closest sci-fi rival, Star Trek, has ... well...
Star Trek: the video game – is it the new Mass Effect?

BOKU Scales Up, Will Power Carrier Billing For In-App Payments In The T-Mobile Mall

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Another big advance for mobile payments startup BOKU: it has inked a deal with T-Mobile USA to provide carrier billing for the T-Mobile Mall, the digital storefront operated by the carrier. The deal is a signal of some momentum for the company: it comes less than a month after BOKU...
BOKU Scales Up, Will Power Carrier Billing For In-App Payments In The T-Mobile Mall

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

BBC Bets On HTML5 Games; Invests Millions In Mobile Game Creation Platform Spaceport.io

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Spaceport.io, a HTML5, mobile game creation platform, has raised a strategic round of funding from a number of investors including BBC Worldwide and YouWeb, a previous investor. While financial terms of the funding were not not disclosed, we hear the round was in the millions. Spaceport allows game developers to...
BBC Bets On HTML5 Games; Invests Millions In Mobile Game Creation Platform Spaceport.io

Roll of the DICE: Videogame Leaders to Nominate the Industry's Best Tonight

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The videogame industry is hosting an Oscars-like ceremony tonight in Las Vegas, where a few hundred of the top leaders will recognize the achievements in the interactive arts and sciences. The winners for the 15th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards are decided on by members of the Academy of Interactive Arts...
Roll of the DICE: Videogame Leaders to Nominate the Industry's Best Tonight
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