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Apps and updates: Sparrow for Mac, Tap Tap, BBC, and more

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Sparrow for Mac: Earlier this month, we noted that Sparrow for Mac was updated with Retina Display support, OS X Mountain Lion optimization, and support for Mountain Lion’s Notification Center features. Today, that Sparrow for Mac update has made its way to the Mac App Store as a free update. The...
Apps and updates: Sparrow for Mac, Tap Tap, BBC, and more
OMGPOP’s Draw Something takes No. 1 daily game title from Zynga in social/mobile
PaeDae Launches White-Label Gaming Prize Network
Commentary: Microsoft Surface breaks out of the walled garden

Zynga reveals mobile MOBA game Solstice Arena

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Zynga today revealed its newest core game title, Solstice Arena, a multiplayer online battle arena game for mobile devices from the A Bit Lucky team. A Bit Lucky is the developer behind games like Lucky Train and Lucky Space, which were shut down on Facebook in September 2012 while...
Zynga reveals mobile MOBA game Solstice Arena
GeekWire game night is back! Mark your calendar for July 10
Android this week: Project Shield packs a punch; Optimus G Pro goes big; RunKeeper revamped

Zynga Debuts First Licensed Game, Partners With Slingo For Bingo-Meets-Slots Facebook Title

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After announcing a licensing deal with Hasbro last week, Zynga is debuting another licensing agreement. The social gaming giant is teaming up with game developer Slingo to license casual game Slingo; and launch a social Facebook title Zynga Slingo today. This is the first time Zynga has licensed a game...
Zynga Debuts First Licensed Game, Partners With Slingo For Bingo-Meets-Slots Facebook Title

Mochi Media Launches $10 Million Investment Fund, Rolls Out Social Gaming Platform

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Fresh of an $80 million acquisition by Shanda Games, Flash game advertising network and payments platform Mochi Media is launching a social gaming platform and a $10 million fund to invest in game developers. Mochi Social allow developers to build social features into their games such as inviting friends, sending...
Mochi Media Launches $10 Million Investment Fund, Rolls Out Social Gaming Platform

Facebook for Tots and Tweens PixyKids Rebrands to Kazaana, Launches Beta

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Previously, we covered startup PixyKids’ pre-launch funding, and now the social network for the younger demographic is ready for public access. The site is officially launching in public beta today, as well as introducing its new name and brand: Kazaana, From an Indian term meaning “treasure,” the new name...
Facebook for Tots and Tweens PixyKids Rebrands to Kazaana, Launches Beta

Disney launches ScribbleMix, its first mobile-only drawing game and a competitor to DrawSomething

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Disney Interactive has launched its newest game title specifically for mobile devices. Called ScribbleMix, the concept is that two players will compete with each other in a Pictionary-style contest where one person draws the clue and the opponent must guess it based on a series of words. This is the...
Disney launches ScribbleMix, its first mobile-only drawing game and a competitor to DrawSomething

Apple to developers: remove 'memory' from app titles

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A report on gaming news site Gamasutra claims that Apple is warning developers of iOS games that German game maker Ravensburger owns the trademark for the word "memory" in association with a game title in 42 countries, and unless they change the app name, it will be removed from the...
Apple to developers: remove 'memory' from app titles

Zynga Reveals Another Acquisition of a Mid-Core Game Maker

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Zynga is confirming today that it has acquired November Software to help expand into the “mid-core” game market. Zynga declined to disclose terms of the acquisition, but said the team has been working on a new mid-core mobile game title called Battlestone since joining the company a few months ago....
Zynga Reveals Another Acquisition of a Mid-Core Game Maker

Lack of Major Videogame Launches in January Drag Down Sales

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After a number of epic videogame launches prior to the holiday shopping season, publishers took a month off by not releasing any major titles during January. As a result, the industry saw a double-digit decline in physical software sales at retail, according to NPD, which tracks the industry. It said...
Lack of Major Videogame Launches in January Drag Down Sales

Sony patent application measures load times to detect pirated games

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Sony seems prepared to unleash a new tool in its never-ending battle against game pirates, using measured load times, of all things, to detect certain illegitimate copies of its games. Sony's patent for "Benchmark measurement for legitimate duplication validation" was filed way back in August 2011, but it was...
Sony patent application measures load times to detect pirated games
Ars Technicast, Episode 16: Favorite gaming platform--console or PC?
Indie game roundup: Runner 2, The Bridge, and Leap Day

iOS Game Design This Home Lets You Construct And Create Your Dream Abode

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Design This Home, the latest game title from iOS game development studio App Minis, is debuting as a new way to add gaming elements to designing your dream house, keeping your residents happy, and completing tasks. As App Minis founder Alex Ahlund explains, “Think The Sims with a greater emphasis...
iOS Game Design This Home Lets You Construct And Create Your Dream Abode

Major League Gaming hires Amazon ad exec to build global sales team, looks for 50% revenue growth in 2013

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Today Major League Gaming (MLG) announced the hiring of Donald Reilley as its executive vice president (EVP) of sales. According to MLG, Reilley’s most recent role was with Amazon, as its head of US ad sales for Kindle. MLG is almost a completely unique company in a new digital space. As...
Major League Gaming hires Amazon ad exec to build global sales team, looks for 50% revenue growth in 2013

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

The PlayStation 4 supports the PlayStation Move controller

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The PlayStation 3's microphone-looking motion controller, PlayStation Move, works on the PlayStation 4. LittleBigPlanet dev studio Media Molecule had its head, Alex Evans, on-stage at Sony's big PlayStation 4 event to introduce what his company's been creating for the next-gen game system. That meant two gentlemen acting as puppeteers,...
The PlayStation 4 supports the PlayStation Move controller
TwitchTV Gets Its First In-Game Streaming Integration, Introduces A Scholarship For Competitive Gamers

Why Zynga Should Have Seen Draw Something's Fall Coming

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A new report being distributed today breaks down how consumers use mobile applications differently over time, and in doing so shows why it’s unwise to make a big investment bet based largely on a single game title, no matter how popular it is at the moment. The study, conducted by...
Why Zynga Should Have Seen Draw Something's Fall Coming

Zynga And CBS Are Working To Bring Draw Something To Primetime TV

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So you wondered how Zynga was gonna make money off its $210 million acquisition of OMGPOP? How about this: Hit game title Draw Something will soon be at the center of a new primetime game show, according to a report by Variety. The show’s pilot, which was picked up by...
Zynga And CBS Are Working To Bring Draw Something To Primetime TV

Apple is rushing to finalize apps for onstage iPad 3 demos and commercials

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Now that the beans have been, mostly, spilled with regards to the early March announcement of the iPad 3, more information is coming forward about Apple’s preparations for the event. Sources with knowledge of the matter have informed The Next Web that the company is in ‘crunch mode’ when it comes to...
Apple is rushing to finalize apps for onstage iPad 3 demos and commercials

Indie Mobile Devs Get A Leg Up With New Cross-Promotion Service From Chartboost, Execution Labs

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Execution Labs, a Montreal-based gaming incubator, is teaming up with mobile game advertising and monetization startup Chartboost to create a new matchmaking program that will help indie game developers promote each others’ work. It would allow smaller developers to tap into cross-promotion, a strategy that has helped bigger game developers...
Indie Mobile Devs Get A Leg Up With New Cross-Promotion Service From Chartboost, Execution Labs

Mojang can't use "Scrolls" name for potential sequels

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Yesterday, we were happy to report that Mojang and Bethesda Softworks had settled a months-long legal battle over the rights to use the name "Scrolls" for Mojang's upcoming card/board game title. Now, Bethesda parent ZeniMax Media has clarified that it is licensing that trademark out as a strictly one-time...
Mojang can't use "Scrolls" name for potential sequels

Activision Toys Around with a ‘Skylanders’ Sequel

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Activision Blizzard, the maker of intense videogames such as “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft,” isn’t known for kid-oriented videogames. That perception changed somewhat last fall, when it had a surprise hit in the kids’ game “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure.” Now, the world’s biggest videogame maker wants to ride that...
Activision Toys Around with a ‘Skylanders’ Sequel

Zynga Loses the Deal Guy Behind Lady Gaga and Snoop Marketing Stunts

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After three and a half years at Zynga, Jonathan Flesher, VP of business development, has left the social games company, the latest in a string of resignations. Jonathan Flesher According to sources familiar with the move, Flesher’s last day was Nov. 9. He could not be reached for comment, but sources...
Zynga Loses the Deal Guy Behind Lady Gaga and Snoop Marketing Stunts
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