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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)
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Reports: Microsoft planning to unveil Xbox successor at April event

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With Sony jump-starting the next-generation console hype train with its PlayStation 4 reveal this week, it seems Microsoft might not be willing to wait for June's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) to unveil its follow-up to the Xbox. Computer & Video Games is reporting that Microsoft is planning a "one-off...
Reports: Microsoft planning to unveil Xbox successor at April event
Sledgehammer's Glenn Schofield on how to get inspired to make games
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Game experts debate: Is Microsoft Kinect a passing fad or here to stay?

Tech Moves: Ex-drugstore.com CFO lands at UIEvolution

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Tracy Wright KnoxTracy Wright Knox, the former chief financial officer at drugstore.com, has taken a new CFO position at Bellevue-based UIEvolution. In the role, Wright Knox will oversee finance, human resources and the company’s global offices. Profitable and growing, UIEvolution develops cross-platform applications. It was sold in March 2004 to Japanese gaming...
Tech Moves: Ex-drugstore.com CFO lands at UIEvolution
6waves, Spry Fox settle Triple Town cloning suit

As Nintendo Fades, Zynga Continues to Grow

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It’s a battle between Mario and the farm, and the farm seems to be winning. Yesterday, Nintendo reported an annual loss — its first in more than three decades, after revenues fell 36 percent. Hours later, five-year-old upstart Zynga reported nearly the opposite results, saying that first-quarter revenues jumped 32...
As Nintendo Fades, Zynga Continues to Grow
Adobe Flash-based mass market games will go 3D in a big way
"Protestors" call games industry a "temple of sin," demand repentance

EA’s focus: Brands, platforms, and talent

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Electronic Arts is a complex, multi-faceted company with $4 billion in annual revenues. But the company has simplified its strategy to focus on “brands, platforms, and talent,” according to chief executive John Riccitiello (pictured above, on left). In a conference call yesterday with analysts after EA reported its fourth-fiscal-quarter...
EA’s focus: Brands, platforms, and talent

Game industry has awful April as hardware sales plummet 42 percent

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Consumers spent just $109.5 million on game hardware in April, down from the $187.8 million they spent during the same period in 2012. [Read more]...
Game industry has awful April as hardware sales plummet 42 percent
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Game dev Double Fine ends record Kickstarter with $3.3m

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Psychonauts developer Double Fine ended its Kickstarter project Tuesday evening with the largest project in the site's history. The fundraising for an adventure game earned $3,335,325 since its early February start, or more than eight times the $400,000 the studio had set for its original budget. Its actual budget will...
Game dev Double Fine ends record Kickstarter with $3.3m

The best MMOs of 2012

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Want proof that the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game industry is in a state of extreme flux? Look no further than ostensible World of WarCraft-challenger Star Wars: The Old Republic, which lasted all of seven months before going free-to-play. The times are certainly changing. Profound disruption, however, can have...
The best MMOs of 2012

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

Minecraft's pixelated profit machine

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It looks like something from the Atari era, but Minecraft has made its idiosyncratic Swedish designer a hero in the game industry. And his company is already worth millions. A screenshot from Minecraft. FORTUNE -- When programmer Markus Persson, 32, began working on a side project called Minecraft in 2009...
Minecraft's pixelated profit machine

A Peek Inside PAX: The Game Conference in Photos

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PAX, the game expo in Seattle that attracted an estimated 70,000 people this weekend, is officially over. For three whole days, thousands of die-hard game fans walked the halls of the Washington State Convention Center, playing games, attending panels, listening to live music, and of course, people watching. The event,...
A Peek Inside PAX: The Game Conference in Photos

Game industry down again as Wii U continues to disappoint

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The Wii U sold just 57,000 units in January, and saw sales rise only 40 percent in February, indicating times are still tough for the console. [Read more]...
Game industry down again as Wii U continues to disappoint
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The news that shook the game world in 2012

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The game industry is still living in compressed time. It went through more gyrations and disruptions in a year than it usually does in a generation. The revolution in games is on our doorstep, but several of the big companies trying to start it have failed to execute. They...
The news that shook the game world in 2012
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Looking for farmers: Zynga opens office in India for social game development

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Zynga is announcing today that it will open an office in India to develop social games. The office in Bangalore will be the company’s first outside of the U.S. The office is expected to hire about 100 people, mostly for game development and infrastructure to support Zynga’s games, which include...
Looking for farmers: Zynga opens office in India for social game development

W3i rebrands as NativeX, launches new advertising platform

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Monetization and user acquisition provider W3i today announced that it has rebranded the company, changing its name to NativeX. The company’s name change comes alongside its other announcement, pivoting the business to providing native ad units for its customers, a form of in-app advertising where publishers can integrate ads into...
W3i rebrands as NativeX, launches new advertising platform
American McGee's Spicy Horse launches real-time, multiplayer, cross-platform game Crazy Fairies (exclusive)
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Corona Labs' new Cloud platform launches, bringing high-end app features to developers of all sizes

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Corona Labs, the multi-platform development firm, has unveiled a new service called Corona Cloud, a full suite of cloud services. The new offering works across all platforms, including iOS, Android, NOOK, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry and is said to make it easy for developers to integrate multiple...
Corona Labs' new Cloud platform launches, bringing high-end app features to developers of all sizes
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