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Who’s next on Zynga’s acquisition list?

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A week out from its Q1 earnings call, Zynga is talking about making more multi-million dollar acquisitions on the order of OMGPOP’s $180-million buy last month. Who could Zynga buy and where can they be found? If Zynga really has a $1.8-billion war chest, then it can afford to shop...
Who’s next on Zynga’s acquisition list?

Execution Labs receives $1.4M to launch hybrid incubator and accelerator for independent mobile game development

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Execution Labs announced today that it’s taking applications for its hybrid incubator and accelerator for independent mobile game developers. The program is designed for experienced mobile game developers to work independently by receiving help to create and launch their own games, then eventually branching off into their own startup mobile...
Execution Labs receives $1.4M to launch hybrid incubator and accelerator for independent mobile game development

Game Insight made $50M last year, aims for $150M this year

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Russian social and mobile game company Game Insight, which has some of the highest-grossing games on Android, revealed it earned $50 million in revenue in 2011. The company’s chief executive, Alisa Chumachenko shared the numbers last week in her talk at the Russian social game conference Sociality Rocks!. According to Chumachenko,...
Game Insight made $50M last year, aims for $150M this year

Kabam establishes $50 million fund for Japan game developers

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Kabam, the San Francisco-based online game company, recently announced that it has established a $50 million dollar fund dedicated to helping Japanese developers bring their games to Western markets. Wall Street Journal reports that the fund will provide resources for marketing, analytics, and localization. Kabam has been one of the fastest-growing...
Kabam establishes $50 million fund for Japan game developers

As Zynga Stumbles, All Eyes Are Now On This Startup

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Will Harbin is Mark Pincus's worst nightmare. Here's why the CEO of upstart gaming studio Kixeye is such a threat to Zynga, the giant of social games. Zynga is having a lot of trouble trying to find a new business as its Facebook games stagnate or decline. One direction it's...
As Zynga Stumbles, All Eyes Are Now On This Startup

Zynga And Facebook Just Ripped Up Their Long-Term Partnership (FB, ZNGA)

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Zynga and Facebook have agreed to substantially change an agreement the two companies struck two years ago, a new SEC filing reveals. That agreement gave Zynga a privileged position on Facebook's platform. The revision appears to make Zynga more subject to Facebook's general terms for app developers. Effective in March,...
Zynga And Facebook Just Ripped Up Their Long-Term Partnership (FB, ZNGA)

Apps Rush: Pocket, Sketch Nation Studio, Metal Hammer, Kingdom Age, Goal.com, Dubstep Tebow and more

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What's new on the app stores on Wednesday 18 April 2012A selection of 15 new apps for you today:PocketReading app Read it Later accumulated 4.5m users as a paid app on iOS and Android. Now it's rebranded as Pocket and gone free. The idea remains to save articles, videos and...
Apps Rush: Pocket, Sketch Nation Studio, Metal Hammer, Kingdom Age, Goal.com, Dubstep Tebow and more

6waves is bringing Ravenwood Fair to mobile

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6waves is taking its Facebook hit Ravenwood Fair to mobile. The game quietly appeared in the Canadian iTunes App Store last week, when it was soft-launched on June 29. Although the game’s App Store listing credits Ravenwood Fair Mobile to 6waves alone, the game was actually developed by New York-based...
6waves is bringing Ravenwood Fair to mobile

Zynga and the perils of becoming a platform

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I’ll give Zynga this much: It’s got some serious stones for setting up Zynga.com as a place for its own games and those of third parties to live outside of Facebook. And you can’t really blame it for doing so. After all, too much dependence on someone else’s social network...
Zynga and the perils of becoming a platform

Multimorphic shows off its modular, open-source P3 Pinball machine at SXSW

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When we spoke to Gary Stern way back in January at CES, the pinball exec let it be known that his was the only company currently producing pinball machines -- and while that may be accurate so far as actual shipping systems go, there are a handful of startups...
Multimorphic shows off its modular, open-source P3 Pinball machine at SXSW
This mobile app will help you meet people, and will pay you to do it

Zynga unleashes API, gaming social network

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Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, announces new updates to Zynga technology and products at Zynga Unleased on June 26. Zynga, one of the world’s most prominent online gaming companies, announced that it will release a public API that will allow third-party developers to take advantage of its technology, as well...
Zynga unleashes API, gaming social network
OMGPOP CEO responds to criticisim of his tweets about former employee

New Deal with Zynga Show That Facebook Wants to Keep Its Frenemies Close When It Comes to Real Money Gaming

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Both Facebook and Zynga filed documents with the SEC today today detailing the terms of a new, more lax partnership. The two-year-old contract between the once interdependent companies–just check out their IPO filings–was slated to expire. Under the loosened agreement, Zynga is free of a number of obligations, including implementing Facebook...
New Deal with Zynga Show That Facebook Wants to Keep Its Frenemies Close When It Comes to Real Money Gaming

Facebook to Develop Own Games

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Facebook and Zynga have amended an agreement to allow the social network to develop its own games, sending Zynga shares tumbling 11% after hours....
Facebook to Develop Own Games

Google hires Noah Falstein as Chief Game Designer for Android

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Google may be branching out into making games, after hiring a games industry veteran. Noah Falstein, designer of a number of games over his 23-year career, has been picked up by the search giant and given the title "Chief Game Designer," suggesting that the company could be producing its own...
Google hires Noah Falstein as Chief Game Designer for Android

Budget 2012: could this be the year for the UK games industry?

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We chat to Tory MP Justin Tomlinson and TIGA CEO Richard Wilson about the chances of games industry support in this week's budgetRichard Wilson is feeling optimistic. Again. The CEO of video game industry trade body, Tiga, has spent the last three years lobbying parliament for tax credits and other...
Budget 2012: could this be the year for the UK games industry?

Former Zynga VP Ya-Bing Chu Placing a Bet on Real-Money Gaming

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Betable, the London-based company that is helping to bring real-money gaming to mobile phones, has hired Ya-Bing Chu, a former vice president at Zynga. While at Zynga, Chu worked as a general manager of the company’s mobile divison, responsible for operating massively popular games like Words With Friends and Scramble...
Former Zynga VP Ya-Bing Chu Placing a Bet on Real-Money Gaming

Facebook's New Terms: Treat Zynga Like Most Other Game Developers

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Facebook and Zynga said today that they have revised a two-year-old contract, which will make the the two companies’s relationship way less complicated. The deal was originally agreed to in May 2010, and was partially disclosed when Zynga went public. I’m still sorting through the details of the new agreement, which...
Facebook's New Terms: Treat Zynga Like Most Other Game Developers

Facebook and Zynga loosen ties

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Zynga.com is no longer an extension of the Facebook platform, according to an SEC document filed today. Originally, Zynga’s games platform featured an extremely deep integration with the Facebook platform that appeared to be born of the developer’s privileged relationship with Facebook. Zynga.com previously supported Facebook ads and Facebook payments...
Facebook and Zynga loosen ties

After Deal Changes With Zynga, Facebook Could Now Make Its Own Games

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Could Facebook delve into the game-making business? According to documents filed with the SEC, it’s possible. Facebook and gaming giant Zynga revised their long-standing contract agreements on Thursday, freeing up Zynga from a number of restrictions originally agreed upon by the two companies back in 2010. Among the changes, Zynga...
After Deal Changes With Zynga, Facebook Could Now Make Its Own Games

The Great Tablet War Of 2012 (GOOG, AAPL, AMZN, MSFT)

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Make no mistake: There's a full-blown battle on for the future of computing. Forget all the fragmentary skirmishes for your pocket, for your set-top, for your living room, and for your desk. It's become increasingly clear that the tablet is the defining device of the next couple decades of computing,...
The Great Tablet War Of 2012 (GOOG, AAPL, AMZN, MSFT)

As The9 sees its mobile business grow, competition heats up

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The9’s Chinese social-mobile gaming platform The9 Game Zone now has 685 titles from 500 developers in its roster, and will offer players more than 1000 games by the end of the year. Originally a PC gaming company that licensed and ran massively multiplayer online games in China, the company established...
As The9 sees its mobile business grow, competition heats up

Twitch hits 28M viewers a month as live game streaming hits its stride

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Live game video streaming site Twitch is hitting its stride, as the company announced today it drew 28 million unique viewers in February alone. Those viewers watched more than 600,000 players broadcast their own games, and each of the viewers watched more than 90 minutes of video per day....
Twitch hits 28M viewers a month as live game streaming hits its stride

Amazon's New Game Studio Targets Facebook First, but Mobile Is Next

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Amazon has launched its first game on Facebook, but don’t expect the e-commerce giant to stop there. Over the past two months, the company has made several announcements in the videogame space, signaling its move beyond music, video and e-books in digital content arena. Yesterday, it went a step further...
Amazon's New Game Studio Targets Facebook First, but Mobile Is Next

Zynga Falls Short Of Analyst Estimates For Q2: $332 In Revenue, Bookings Decline From Last Quarter

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Zynga didn’t meet analysts’ already-low estimates in its just-released earnings release for the second quarter of its fiscal year, in which it showed revenue of $332 million and lost 3 cents per share. Analysts had predicted the company would earn 5 cents per share on revenue of $344 million. Bookings,...
Zynga Falls Short Of Analyst Estimates For Q2: $332 In Revenue, Bookings Decline From Last Quarter

Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio

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Amazon.com is making a new push into Zynga’s territory, in more ways than one. The online retailer is aiming to set up its own social games studio in San Francisco, according to a report today by Business Insider. The studio would expand on Amazon’s existing presence in the online game...
Report: Amazon to challenge Zynga with social games studio
German publishers want to buy Xing, dump online games

The Benefits and Pitfalls of ESPN's new Developer Center

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What do you do when you have a treasure trove of valuable data that developers would love to get their hands on? Release an API and let them create applications for you. That is precisely what sports network ESPN did today by announcing its Developer Center replete with multiple APIs...
The Benefits and Pitfalls of ESPN's new Developer Center
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