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Zynga sues PyramidVille maker in trademark dispute

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Zynga, maker of FarmVille, CityVille and other popular social games,  has filed a trademark lawsuit against Kobojo, a startup based in France that makes a game called PyramidVille. Zynga says the game is being confused for one of its own, and the company asks the court to put a stop...
Zynga sues PyramidVille maker in trademark dispute

Zynga reports highest ever bookings for Q1 at $329M

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Zynga’s made $329 million in bookings and $321 million in revenue for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 15 percent and 32 percent year-on-year, respectively. The developer reported net loss at $85.4 million, compared to a net income of $16.8 million for Q1 2011. Daily active users are...
Zynga reports highest ever bookings for Q1 at $329M

Wraithborne launches on Apple App Store, developed by video game industry veterans

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Developer Alpha Dog Games’ Wraithborne was released today for iOS devices, which is an action adventure title that’s made by game industry veterans and powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. The Canadian-based studio is led by co-founder and design director Nick Riley, tech director Jeff Cameron and art director Shawn Woods....
Wraithborne launches on Apple App Store, developed by video game industry veterans
Study finds 85% of social gamers quit after their first day

New this week on the Inside Network Job Board: Sociable Labs, SponsorPay, Kixeye and more

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The Inside Network Job Board is dedicated to providing you with the best job opportunities across social and mobile application platforms. Here are this week’s highlights from the Inside Network Job Board, including positions at: Sociable Labs, Fiveonenine Games, SponsorPay,  Machine Zone, King.com, Kixeye, PopCap Games, Ryzing,GameHouse, IMVU, Nuukster, Kobojo, Sneaky Games, Circle of Moms and SoJo Studios. Social Interaction Designer Director of...
New this week on the Inside Network Job Board: Sociable Labs, SponsorPay, Kixeye and more

Facebook football game I Am Playr hits 1m monthly active users

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First launched back in November 2010 by social games publisher We R Interactive, social football game I Am Playr came out of beta in October last year, and it has now announced that it’s notching up a cool one million monthly active users around the world. If you’re new to...
Facebook football game I Am Playr hits 1m monthly active users

Investors Steering Dollars Away From Social Games Ever Since Zynga's IPO

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Zynga’s public offering 10 months ago marks the peak for social gaming investments, with venture capital moving sharply away from the sector ever since. “Our prediction that the Zynga IPO might have been the high water mark for Social Games 1.0 investment has been validated, with the VC market moving...
Investors Steering Dollars Away From Social Games Ever Since Zynga's IPO

New Speakers and Sessions Added to Inside Social Apps San Francisco

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We’re gearing up for the biggest social app event of the year: Inside Social Apps Conference & Expo, happening June 6-7 in San Francisco. Expert developers, marketers, analysts, consultants, and venture capitalists will lead sessions on key social app development, advertising, and investment opportunities. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to...
New Speakers and Sessions Added to Inside Social Apps San Francisco

Mobile games giant GREE inks carrier billing deal with SingTel, its first outside of Japan

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Mobile gaming giant GREE’s plans to ramp up revenues outside of its native Japan have advanced today after it announced a deal that brings carrier billing to user of its games on Singapore-based operator SingTel’s network. The deal is the first of its kind for the company outside of Japan,...
Mobile games giant GREE inks carrier billing deal with SingTel, its first outside of Japan

Google Hired A Man Who Believes He Will Bring His Father Back To Life (GOOG)

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A lot of what they build in Silicon Valley these days is pretty mundane: sexting apps, social games, and new ways to "share" things over the Internet. So it's pretty exciting when you hear about someone who has some really crazy ideas for what the future might hold. One such...
Google Hired A Man Who Believes He Will Bring His Father Back To Life (GOOG)

GREE Acquires Mobile-Social Game Developer Funzio, Terms Are Undisclosed

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This news is breaking. We’ll be updating quickly…. Here’s the release: GREE ACQUIRES LEADING MOBILE DEVELOPER FUNZIO Continues to Grow Core Gaming Expertise San Francisco, CA – May 1, 2012 – GREE, a leader in the mobile social gaming industry, today announced the acquisition of Funzio, Inc., a trailblazer in...
GREE Acquires Mobile-Social Game Developer Funzio, Terms Are Undisclosed
Applifier launches video ad network to monetize Facebook games

Zynga's Chief Security Officer Nils Puhlmann Stepping Down

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The exodus continues. This time it is Nils Puhlmann, Zynga’s chief security officer, who is resigning from the social games maker. His departure was first reported by TechCrunch, who quoted several sources familiar with the matter. Over the past couple of months, Zynga has lost several top executives and mid-level managers as...
Zynga's Chief Security Officer Nils Puhlmann Stepping Down

As Facebook hits 250m monthly gamers it starts rolling out a new Games feed on profiles

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Facebook has released a whole slew of new figures at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, showing significant growth in the number of people playing social games and completing microtranscations. The company also revealed that it will be launching a new Timeline section later this week focused on...
As Facebook hits 250m monthly gamers it starts rolling out a new Games feed on profiles

The Free-To-Play Storm and the Freecore Gamer

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Editor’s Note: Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience. He is the creator of the leading game design blog What Games Are, and consults for many companies on game design and development. You can follow him on Twitter here. “All of them hope that the storm will pass before their...
The Free-To-Play Storm and the Freecore Gamer

Kabam launches Arcane Empires for iOS and Android

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Kabam today launched Arcane Empires for iOS and Android, bringing a brand new IP to mobile platforms. The game is a city-building/strategy title set in a fantasy steampunk world run by a sinister prince who uses black magic to keep himself on his empire’s throne. Players control a fiefdom that...
Kabam launches Arcane Empires for iOS and Android

Facebook's Zuckerberg Gives Zynga's Stock Price a Boost

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Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance today at TechCrunch Disrupt not only gave his own company’s stock a bump, but it also boosted shares of its close partner, Zynga. In after-hours trading, Facebook’s stock jumped 3.4 percent to close at $20.08 a share. The social games company, which has faced its own struggles...
Facebook's Zuckerberg Gives Zynga's Stock Price a Boost

Japan's DeNA posts record quarterly revenue of $567m, operating profit jumps 54% year-on-year to $216m

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Japanese mobile social gaming firm DeNA has announced record revenue of $567 million (52.3 billion yen) for its third quarter 2012. The company, which runs the Mobage games network for iOS and Android, saw revenues rise 52 percent year-on-year, while operating profit jumped 54 percent from that of Q3 2011...
Japan's DeNA posts record quarterly revenue of $567m, operating profit jumps 54% year-on-year to $216m

New this week on the Inside Network Job Board: King.com, High 5 Games, Warner Bros. and more

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The Inside Network Job Board is dedicated to providing you with the best job opportunities across social and mobile application platforms. Here are this week’s highlights from the Inside Network Job Board, including positions at: Warner Bros., Work4 Labs, PT Gaming, King.com, Checkpoint Studios, High 5 Games, Pandora Internet Radio...
New this week on the Inside Network Job Board: King.com, High 5 Games, Warner Bros. and more

EA Building Up Its Facebook Empire -- This Time With SimCity Social

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Electronic Arts is hoping to hit the restart button this year on its Facebook strategy by bringing one of its biggest brands to the social network. “We have high aspirations and high hopes for this one,” said Jami Laes, VP of Global Studios for Playfish, EA’s social games studios. As...
EA Building Up Its Facebook Empire -- This Time With SimCity Social

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

CrowdStar No Longer Developing Social Games for Facebook

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CrowdStar’s CEO Peter Relan said in an interview that the longtime social games maker is no longer developing for Facebook. Instead, the company is focused on building games for smartphones. “We are maintaining the old games, like Happy Aquarium, but we don’t build new Facebook PC games any more —...
CrowdStar No Longer Developing Social Games for Facebook

Betting the Farm: Zynga Gives Its Top Facebook Game a Major Facelift

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It’s time for FarmVille to get a makeover. FarmVille deserves recognition for its role in social gaming history. The three-year-old game, which has been played by 100 million people, was one of the first social games on Facebook to capture a mass audience. Amazingly, after all this time, the game...
Betting the Farm: Zynga Gives Its Top Facebook Game a Major Facelift

BII REPORT: The Current State of Mobile Gaming

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Gaming is one of the fastest-growing usage categories in mobile, with huge growth seen in Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms. In particular, social mobile gaming, enabled by always-connected smartphones and the "freemium" revenue model, is particularly strong. BI Intelligence has produced a new report on Mobile Gaming, taking a look at the size of the mobile...
BII REPORT: The Current State of Mobile Gaming

The Inside Network Job Board: Blue Shell, Pocket Gems, Games Cafe and more.

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The Inside Network Job Board is dedicated to providing you with the best social media job opportunities across social and mobile application platforms. Here are this week’s highlights from the Inside Network Job Board, including positions at: Blue Shell, Pocket Gems, Games Cafe and more. Big Viking Games Producer BitRhymes...
The Inside Network Job Board: Blue Shell, Pocket Gems, Games Cafe and more.

Facebook rolling out games section of Timeline

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Facebook is adding a new section to users’ About pages on their Timeline that showcases the social games they play. The games section is similar to the movies, books, TV and music sections launched with the latest profile redesign earlier this month. It displays the games users have recently played...
Facebook rolling out games section of Timeline

SongPop is Facebook's top rated social game of the year

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Facebook today announced that according its users’ ratings and engagement levels SongPop is the top rated social game of the year. Facebook made the announcement during Le Web technology conference in Paris, France, where SongPop co-founders Romain and Mathieu Nouzareth started their careers. The music trivia game was built to...
SongPop is Facebook's top rated social game of the year

Facebook shares new documentation for local currency pricing, sets migration for Q3

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Facebook today provided updates regarding its transition from Credits to local currency pricing. The company offered new documentation for game developers and announced that migration will occur in Q3 this year. Facebook decided to phase out Credits in favor of a user’s local currency — dollars, pounds or yen, for example...
Facebook shares new documentation for local currency pricing, sets migration for Q3

Mobile app news roundup: iPhone 5 coming to China, Windows 8 phone releases, DeNA and Yahoo! expand alliance

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Applits.com partners with Buzztouch — Applits.com announced that users who submit their app ideas to its monthly contest and receive the most interest from the community will now be able to use Buzztouch’s hosted software to create and manage their app. DeNA and Yahoo! expand their business alliance —...
Mobile app news roundup: iPhone 5 coming to China, Windows 8 phone releases, DeNA and Yahoo! expand alliance

This week's headlines from across Inside Network

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A roundup of all the news Inside Network brought you between Nov. 19 and Nov. 24. Inside Mobile Apps Tracking the convergence of mobile apps, social platforms and virtual goods. Monday, Nov. 19 Present and share with SlideShark GREE to shut down OpenFeint on December 14 Hill Climb Racing, Black...
This week's headlines from across Inside Network
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