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90% Of Incubators And Accelerators Will Fail And That's Just Fine For America And The World

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Editor’s note: Peter Relan is a former programmer and Internet executive, as well as a successful serial entrepreneur, Silicon Valley executive, angel investor, and technology veteran for over 25 years. Relan founded YouWeb Incubator in 2007, spinning out a string of successful mobile and gaming companies. Incubators are now an industry segment...
90% Of Incubators And Accelerators Will Fail And That's Just Fine For America And The World

A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy

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Japan, long called the “Galapagos Islands” of the mobile industry for its cornucopia of sophisticated and unusual feature phones, is finally transitioning to Android and iOS in a serious way. Given the country’s historically high levels of spending on mobile apps and games, it’s becoming a market that Android and...
A Look Into Japan's Burgeoning App Economy

Woman Posts Boyfriend Request on GitHub: Looking for 'Someone Who Maintains Their Own Server'

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Ms. Higashi (Photo: GitHub) If you’re not having much luck with traditional dating sites and you’re not a hardcore Star Trek fan, what’s a smart single gal to do? If you’re Noriko Higashi, a Japanese programmer at a social gaming company, you post a request for a boyfriend on the social...
Woman Posts Boyfriend Request on GitHub: Looking for 'Someone Who Maintains Their Own Server'

Major tech and gaming companies unite to purge sex offenders from online games

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Major tech and game companies will join the fight to purge convicted sex offenders from online video games in Operation: Game Over, according to a report in Forbes. Eric Schneidermann, the New York state attorney general, is leading the charge to remove accounts registered by sex offenders from popular...
Major tech and gaming companies unite to purge sex offenders from online games

HeyZap Now Lets Social Games Expand Beyond Facebook’s Walls

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HeyZap, the startup that makes it easy for publishers to integrate casual games into their sites, is entering a very hot new territory today: social gaming. The company has partnered with fifteen social game developers, and will be integrating their games into the HeyZap widget over the next few weeks....
HeyZap Now Lets Social Games Expand Beyond Facebook’s Walls
Giddyup! Horse betting site Derby Jackpot lets casual gamers play the ponies at work, the bar and everywhere
Game publisher Electronic Arts is voted the “Worst Company in America”

More Layoffs And Downsizing At Vostu, South America's One-Time Frontrunner in Gaming

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Vostu, the onetime darling of the social gaming world in South America, appears to have just had a fresh round of layoffs over the last few weeks. Multiple sources who have worked with the company said that Vostu laid off about 100 people and is now down to somewhere between...
More Layoffs And Downsizing At Vostu, South America's One-Time Frontrunner in Gaming
YouWeb incubator founder launches Q&A forum for tech entrepreneurs
Education: Next-gen Siri Will Teach Kids to Code in New Game

Cash-rich tech giants have $300 billion to spend: Is a new wave of tech M&A coming?

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(Flickr photo via JMRosenfeld) Could we see a new wave of technology-related mergers and acquisitions? Well, that’s one possible scenario given that the top 20 technology companies in the U.S. finished last year with a whopping $300 billion in cash and marketable securities, an impressive number which could indicate that...
Cash-rich tech giants have $300 billion to spend: Is a new wave of tech M&A coming?

PaulT's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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It's been a good week for articles that interest me personally, a good thing as I've been asked to write this post about my favorites! First mention has to go to Jonathan McIntosh's great recap of the problems he's had to go through at the hands of Lionsgate. In short,...
PaulT's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

A winning wager? Experts see a $20B market for gambling in games

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SAN FRANCISCO — Serious gamers did not shy away from confronting serious issues at third day of the Game Developers Conference — including gambling. A panel on the hotly debated issue of gambling in games was packed. The big questions for the experts: Is gambling the next big growth...
A winning wager? Experts see a $20B market for gambling in games

Neil Young Steps Down As DeNA's Ngmoco CEO, Clive Downie Steps Up

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A little more than two years after Japanese mobile gaming giant DeNA agreed to pay up to $403 million for U.S.-based mobile game developer Ngmoco, the subsidiary’s CEO Neil Young has stepped down. Neil Young, the former EA executive who went on to found the company, is no longer...
Neil Young Steps Down As DeNA's Ngmoco CEO, Clive Downie Steps Up
Everyone has a mobile problem: not just Facebook

Looking to repeat the mega success of its racing title, NaturalMotion acquires Boss Alien

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While it’s public knowledge that Zynga is having a rough time of it, not all gaming companies are struggling. One such firm is NaturalMotion, whose title ‘CSR Racing’ is currently generating revenues of some $12 million monthly. The company lists eight other titles as part of its current portfolio. The...
Looking to repeat the mega success of its racing title, NaturalMotion acquires Boss Alien

Kixeye Poaches CityVille GM Patmore From Zynga to be VP of Product

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Zynga’s tanking stock price is everyone else’s gain. Kixeye, the iconoclastic, midcore Facebook gaming company, just hired away the general manager of CityVille, Alan Patmore, to be its vice president of product. It’s a score for the company at a time when the entire social gaming industry is in flux....
Kixeye Poaches CityVille GM Patmore From Zynga to be VP of Product

gWallet Launches New Format For Virtual Currency Offers; Eyes International Expansion

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gWallet, a recently launched company that partners with both brands and game developers to bring users virtual currency offers, is launching a new format for offers. Called the Brand Bar, the offers to earn virtual currency appears in a bar across the top of a social game. gWallet says...
gWallet Launches New Format For Virtual Currency Offers; Eyes International Expansion

Game Closure Poaches Zynga’s CTO Of Mobile To Lead HTML5 Game Development

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Last we heard from Game Closure, the young startup had just turned down offers from Zynga and Facebook on its way to a $12 million raise from Greylock, Benchmark, General Catalyst, and more. Even in spite of $100 million-plus offers, Game Closure CEO Michael Carter tells us that the startup...
Game Closure Poaches Zynga’s CTO Of Mobile To Lead HTML5 Game Development
Press Any Button to Continue: The Story of Seattle’s Gaming Success

King.com Buys Fabrication Games as it Pushes Onto Mobile, Eyes Possible 2013 IPO

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Swedish gaming company King.com just acquired Stockholm-based developer Fabrication Games in a big push to expand onto Android and iOS this year. With the deal, King.com picks up Fabrication’s talent, games and developer tools. Terms weren’t disclosed, but I would assume the acquisition is priced in the talent-range. Fabrication had...
King.com Buys Fabrication Games as it Pushes Onto Mobile, Eyes Possible 2013 IPO
If ISPs Want to Take on Gaming Consoles, They Might Want to Fix Their Existing Products First

Valve for sale? Asian firms reportedly in talks to purchase video game studio

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Even though Valve CEO Gabe Newell said it’s more likely that his company will “disintegrate,” rather than being bought out, reports are out that two major Asian online game companies are discussing a possible purchase of the Bellevue-based video game company. Nexon and NCsoft reportedly met in Hawaii on Wednesday to...
Valve for sale? Asian firms reportedly in talks to purchase video game studio

Funzio's Big Exit to Gree Fueled by Only Three Hit Game Titles

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Funzio’s $210 million sale to Tokyo-based Gree this week makes it the second mobile game company with a relatively short operating history to be snapped up recently. In an interview, co-founder and President Anil Dharni said the company was founded two and a half years ago, but it didn’t make...
Funzio's Big Exit to Gree Fueled by Only Three Hit Game Titles

The acquisition of OMGPOP by Zynga demonstrates the $200M power of Android and iOS

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If you haven’t heard by now, the casual gaming giant Zynga has acquired development house OMGPOP, the makers of the smash hit Draw Something app for something like $200M. The move wasn’t a huge surprise for a lot of people familiar with Zynga, as the company has a history of...
The acquisition of OMGPOP by Zynga demonstrates the $200M power of Android and iOS

Are GREE's U.S. Efforts Starting to Pay Off With $29M In First-Half Studio Revenue?

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The Japanese mobile gaming companies came. They saw. And they still have yet to conquer Western consumer markets, but at least they’re showing some financial progress. Japan’s GREE today said that its U.S. studios have now seen about $29 million in revenue in the first-half. No word on profits though,...
Are GREE's U.S. Efforts Starting to Pay Off With $29M In First-Half Studio Revenue?

Mobile Games Account for 52% of App Sessions so far in 2012

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Game developers are gathering in San Francisco this week at the Moscone Convention Center for the Game Developers Conference. Collectively, game developers should give themselves a pat on the back. According to new data from mobile analytics company Flurry, they are absolutely killing it. According to Flurry, games accounted for...
Mobile Games Account for 52% of App Sessions so far in 2012
Staples Now Sells 3D Printers - But They're Not Ready For Primetime Office Use

25 mobile app developers haul in half of all mobile app revenues

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Sorry, startup app developers: Your chances of becoming rich overnight are pretty low. Research firm Canalys has come out with a new report showing that the top 25 mobile app developers account for half of all mobile app revenues generated, or roughly “$60 million from paid-for downloads and in-app purchases.”...
25 mobile app developers haul in half of all mobile app revenues
App Marketing Costs Decline In August As Developers Held Their Breath For The iPhone 5
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