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Microsoft veteran starts PeopleFun mobile game startup (exclusive)

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Game industry legend Tony Goodman, the co-creator of Age of Empires, is launching a new mobile game startup today called PeopleFun. The team has six veterans who will focus on creating games for iOS (Apple’s iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone devices) and Android mobile devices. That’s a far cry from...
Microsoft veteran starts PeopleFun mobile game startup (exclusive)

Facebook: We Want to Integrate “200″ Credits Payment Options Worldwide

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Here at Facebook’s f8 conference in San Francisco, Deb Liu, product marketing manager for Credits, said that while users can purchase credits for use inside Facebook apps and games with credit cards, mobile, offers, and PayPal today, Facebook plans on adding “100 or 200″ local payment options worldwide. New partners...
Facebook: We Want to Integrate “200″ Credits Payment Options Worldwide
Predictive Sports Game Startup PrePlay Raises $4.7M Series B To Build Out Its App Portfolio, Seize More Sports Fans' Eyeballs

2-Year-Old Startup Supercell Generates $1.3 Million Per Day, And It's About To Get A ~$100 Million Check

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Supercell, a Finland-based startup, is making a killing from two mobile games, Clash of Clans and Hay Day. So investors are getting ready to shower it with capital, TechCrunch reports. According to their sources, Supercell generates about $1.3 million per day from the two games, and investors are prepared to cut...
2-Year-Old Startup Supercell Generates $1.3 Million Per Day, And It's About To Get A ~$100 Million Check

Disney's Star Wars Games Solution: Electronic Arts

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The force is strong with EA. Or it will be soon enough. Electronic Arts and The Walt Disney Corporation announced on Monday a new, multi-year licensing agreement, allowing EA to develop and globally publish games based on Star Wars, every nerd’s favorite franchise (Trekkies aside, that is). “Every developer dreams...
Disney's Star Wars Games Solution: Electronic Arts

Disney and Electronic Arts cut an exclusive deal for multi-year Star Wars game license

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Electronic Arts (EA) and The Walt Disney Company have announced a multi-year video game agreement for the Star Wars franchise. The deal will allow EA to develop and publish new Star Wars titles across multiple interactive platforms. No financial terms of the deal were disclosed. Disney Interactive’s Co-President John Pleasants...
Disney and Electronic Arts cut an exclusive deal for multi-year Star Wars game license

A Startup You've Never Heard Of Called Supercell Is Suddenly Worth $600 Million

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Somewhere in Scandanavia there's a startup. And investors think that startup is worth a lot of money. Supercell is a two-year-old company that is cashing in on iOS games. Titles include Hay Day and Clash of Clans, and the company frequently appears in the App Store's top grossing chart. According...
A Startup You've Never Heard Of Called Supercell Is Suddenly Worth $600 Million
In latest departure, Zynga loses its chief creative officer

Supercell goes ‘tablet-first,’ hires former iWin president Greg Harper as general manager for North America

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Just in time for Apple’s heavily rumored iPad 3 announcement next week, Finnish developer Supercell has revealed from now on it will be following what it calls a tablet-first strategy. Several sources say that the iPad can monetize better than the iPhone. Last month at the Inside Social Apps conference,...
Supercell goes ‘tablet-first,’ hires former iWin president Greg Harper as general manager for North America

Mobile Social Gaming Company Dragonplay Raises $14M From Accel To Expand To iOS

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Dragonplay, a free-to-play social games developer for Android and Facebook, has raised $14 million Series A funding from Accel Partners, Founder Collective and Entrée Capital. The Israeli company was founded in 2010 by Sharon Tal. Dragonplay specializes in multi-platform social game experiences in the cards, casino and board game category...
Mobile Social Gaming Company Dragonplay Raises $14M From Accel To Expand To iOS

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
Green Throttle Games taps ex-BioWare developers to build Android game for the living room

What Games Are: Here Come "Local" Mobile Games

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. When we talk about “social” in the context of gaming, we mean...
What Games Are: Here Come "Local" Mobile Games
Playstation Vita: THE hardware review
Halo 4: King of the Hill Fueled by Mountain Dew developer defends his promotional iOS game

Mobile Gaming Startup Zipline Games Raises $750,000 More From Seattle Angels

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So can we all agree that the future of gaming is mobile, and if you’re not building fun apps for your game studio, you’re missing out on a huge potential audience and huge monetization opportunity? If there’s any lesson from the success of Rovio’s Angry Birds or OMGPOP’s Draw Something,...
Mobile Gaming Startup Zipline Games Raises $750,000 More From Seattle Angels

Guitar Hero co-creator unveils startup with a plan to mobilize the living room (exclusive interview)

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As co-creator of Guitar Hero, Charles Huang shook up the video game world with cool new faux-guitar peripherals that injected new excitement into video games. Now he’s back with a different kind of game controller, hoping to the disrupt the world of video games again. If it works, we’ll...
Guitar Hero co-creator unveils startup with a plan to mobilize the living room (exclusive interview)

Facebook Quietly Rolled Out A New Feature That Could Revive Zynga And Other Facebook Games (ZNGA, FB, AMZN)

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Earlier this month Facebook rolled out a new feature for its games that could breathe new life into companies like Zynga. It added in-game subscriptions, allowing Facebook game developers to charge users a recurring fee for games. Subscriptions either reward players on a regular basis with extra in-game currency or...
Facebook Quietly Rolled Out A New Feature That Could Revive Zynga And Other Facebook Games (ZNGA, FB, AMZN)

Supercell: The cash-rich, little-known Finnish startup that could soon be worth $600M

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There must be something in this Scandanavian water (other than ice, that is). The next big thing in gaming comes to you from the land of Angry Birds and unless you saw this brief New York Times blog post, you’ve likely never heard of it. And even if you...
Supercell: The cash-rich, little-known Finnish startup that could soon be worth $600M

Unity Game Engine Goes Free For iOS And Android Developers

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The barrier to entry for the Unity game rendering engine for developers on iOS and Android has gotten lower, as use of Unity tech is now free on both mobile platforms. Unity CEO David Helgason announced the changed terms today during the Unite Nordic trade conference, according to Pocket Gamer’s...
Unity Game Engine Goes Free For iOS And Android Developers

Amazon Announces GameCircle With Handy Features For Kindle Fire Gamers

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News updates all day from Fast Company.Amazon has just announced GameCircle, a new set of APIs for Kindle Fire game developers. GameCircle's offerings include an achievements feature, so you can keep track of the badges and awards you collect within a game, and a leaderboard system for competing against other...
Amazon Announces GameCircle With Handy Features For Kindle Fire Gamers
EA Will Make A Bunch Of New Star Wars Games For Disney (EA, DIS)

Dark Souls Difficulty Linked to Developer’s Masochistic Nature

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Dark Souls is one of the most punishing video game experiences launched during 2011, and one of the leading developers working on the game has confessed that the level of difficulty is linked to his own expectations rather than any sort of ill feeling towards gamers. Speaking to gaming magazine...
Dark Souls Difficulty Linked to Developer’s Masochistic Nature

Gree Sharpens International Ambitions, Now Supports 12 More Languages On Its Mobile Gaming Platform

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The Japanese mobile gaming company GREE continues to build up its international profile, after a year that has taken it outside of its home market in Japan to build up its profile in the U.S. with acquisitions and more. Today, the company announced that it would support 12 more languages...
Gree Sharpens International Ambitions, Now Supports 12 More Languages On Its Mobile Gaming Platform

Google Play game services aims to integrate gaming across Android, iOS and the web, available today

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Google Play game developers and players alike are getting a quartet of game-changing additions today: real-time multiplayer, leaderboards, cloud saves and achievements. And that's not all -- the latter three services will function cross-platform between Android, iOS and the web. The whole initiative is called -- unsurprisingly -- "Google...
Google Play game services aims to integrate gaming across Android, iOS and the web, available today

Real-life Bejeweled: Hasbro, PopCap bringing video games to the real world

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These days, it’s not surprising to see traditional board games like Monopoly and Scrabble move from the physical to the video game world. Going the other way around, however, is not so common, but that’s exactly what Hasbro and PopCap Games announced today. Seattle-based PopCap is teaming up with Hasbro to...
Real-life Bejeweled: Hasbro, PopCap bringing video games to the real world
The Surround Computing era is just around the corner
New discovery game is a creepy virtual popularity contest for Twitter (exclusive)

Educators battle Eternal September by teaching digital citizenship with MinecraftEdu

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Eternal September is now somewhat of an antiquated term, but its relevance as a concept is nonetheless alive and kicking on the internet today. Once upon a time, September was the month when a whole new group of individuals -- primarily college students -- were introduced to Usenet discussion...
Educators battle Eternal September by teaching digital citizenship with MinecraftEdu

Meet Zappar, the company trying to take augmented reality mainstream, one hat at at time

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Zappar’s self-stated goal is to “make the world a little less boring,” and they are well on that path. TNW spoke with Zappar recently, and then interviewed the company’s own Caspar Thykier about just what the company is up to, where it’s going, and how it may help take augmented...
Meet Zappar, the company trying to take augmented reality mainstream, one hat at at time
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