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RockYou Cofounder Lance Tokuda Keeps It Old School With New Classmates Competitor SchoolFeed

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Lance Tokuda was one of the masterminds behind viral apps on Facebook back at the end of last decade. He cofounded and led RockYou as its chief executive through the evolution of the Facebook platform, all the while inundating users with hugs, horoscopes, birthday cards and other lightweight social app...
RockYou Cofounder Lance Tokuda Keeps It Old School With New Classmates Competitor SchoolFeed

Marketo Buys Social Marketing App Developer Crowd Factory

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Marketo, a company that provides an on-demand marketing software that allows businesses to optimize their sales and marketing efforts has acquired Crowd Factory, a startup that creates white-label social marketing applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Crowd Factory’s social marketing applications allows marketers to amplify and optimize...
Marketo Buys Social Marketing App Developer Crowd Factory

Freemium Game Dev Addmired Rebrands As Machine Zone, Lands $8M From Menlo Ventures

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Oh, how times have changed for Addmired team. The Y Combinator startup first debuted in 2008 with an Hot or Not-esque social network plugin, but eventually found their footing after pivoting to become a developer of freemium multiplayer mobile games like iMob and its recently released sequel. Now they’re looking...
Freemium Game Dev Addmired Rebrands As Machine Zone, Lands $8M From Menlo Ventures

Tencent’s mobile gaming platform hits 200 million registered users

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Tencent this week revealed some impressive statistics around the success of its mobile gaming platform, Mobile QQ Game Hall, which has surpassed 200 million registered users. According to a report from Marbridge Consulting which cites a Chinese news report, Tencent is seeing 13 million users on the platform every day, with...
Tencent’s mobile gaming platform hits 200 million registered users

Social Gaming Goes Offline: Zynga Signs Deal With Hasbro For Real-World Toys and Games

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Rovio has famously turned its Angry Birds games into a giant toy franchise, but most other new gaming companies haven’t spent much energy going this route. But now Zynga is, per a big licensing deal with long-time toy and board game maker Hasbro. Per the deal, Hasbro is paying Zynga...
Social Gaming Goes Offline: Zynga Signs Deal With Hasbro For Real-World Toys and Games
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Dear game developers: Zynga’s got $1.8 billion in cash and is aggressively looking for the next OMGPOP

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Good news for all you mobile game developers out there. Zynga, now a public company, has a big chunk of available cash on hand, and says its aggressively looking for the next big thing to spend part of its $1.8 billion on. Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, along with M&A chief...
Dear game developers: Zynga’s got $1.8 billion in cash and is aggressively looking for the next OMGPOP

Ziften secures $5.5 million Series B funding, launches BLISS to make enterprise PCs super efficient

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Austin-based enterprise efficiency specialist Ziften announced today it has has closed $5.5 million in Series B round of funding, led by Apple-investor Fayez Sarofim & Co. Founded in 2010, Ziften’s Behavioural Lightweight Intelligence for Stressed Systems (BLISS) solution helps companies run their PCs faster and with greater efficiency, by closing down...
Ziften secures $5.5 million Series B funding, launches BLISS to make enterprise PCs super efficient

HMTL5 Mobile Gaming Site Cellufun Is Now Tylted, Eyes Up “Substantial” Facebook Play, Virtual Goods, Ads

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Facebook is banking a lot on the future of HTML5 and the idea of people going web-first instead of native-apps for their mobile content fixes, and today mobile gaming company Cellufun taking one step in its strategy to position itself as a key player in that space, too: it’s announcing...
HMTL5 Mobile Gaming Site Cellufun Is Now Tylted, Eyes Up “Substantial” Facebook Play, Virtual Goods, Ads
Another Crowdfunding Player Enters The Fray: Apps Genius Launches GetFunded.com

Zynga unleashes new social network, partner programme and Farmville 2

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Social games giant reveals Zynga With Friends network, The Ville simulation and a Farmville sequel for its 300m usersThis is it – Zynga, the next generation. At its second annual Zynga Unleashed event, held on Tuesday at its ultra-hip San Francisco office, the company unveiled Zynga With Friends, a social...
Zynga unleashes new social network, partner programme and Farmville 2

SchoolFeed Turns High School Reunions into a Facebook Social Game

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SchoolFeed, which is building a sort of Facebook social gaming version of Classmates.com, already has six million monthly users. Now, it has raised $1.75 million in funding. SchoolFeed helps users find out whatever happened to their freshman crush, of course — as well as plan reunions, scan their yearbooks and...
SchoolFeed Turns High School Reunions into a Facebook Social Game
Social Gaming Startup Mob Science Raises $1M To Make A Bet On Zynga’s New Platform

The Hong Kong Firm Behind Those Quirky Animated News Shorts Bets $5M On Red Robot Labs

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The Yakuza, Chinese Triads and more. There’s just so many more mafias for Benchmark-backed mobile gaming studio Red Robot Labs to infiltrate. So the gaming company, which has made a huge bet on location, said it’s partnering with Next Media to enter Asian markets. (Yes, Next Media is the owner of...
The Hong Kong Firm Behind Those Quirky Animated News Shorts Bets $5M On Red Robot Labs

Desperate For Revenue, Facebook Turns To The Gambling Business... (FB)

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Facebook is going into the gambling business. Starting today, report Christopher Thompson and April Dembosky of the FT, Facebook will allow users in the UK to play bingo for real money. Real-money slot machines will soon follow. Gambling is much more socially and legally acceptable in the UK than in...
Desperate For Revenue, Facebook Turns To The Gambling Business... (FB)

Droidsclusive: Japanese mobile gaming firm GREE releases its first Android-only title

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Japanese mobile social gaming firm GREE has released its first Android-only title with the launch of free-to-play Dino Life, which was developed in its newly opened San Francisco-based games studio. The title is exclusive to GREE and sees the firm broaden its appeal to Android owners, having solely catered for...
Droidsclusive: Japanese mobile gaming firm GREE releases its first Android-only title

Mobile Social Gaming Company Dragonplay Raises $14M From Accel To Expand To iOS

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Dragonplay, a free-to-play social games developer for Android and Facebook, has raised $14 million Series A funding from Accel Partners, Founder Collective and Entrée Capital. The Israeli company was founded in 2010 by Sharon Tal. Dragonplay specializes in multi-platform social game experiences in the cards, casino and board game category...
Mobile Social Gaming Company Dragonplay Raises $14M From Accel To Expand To iOS
Facebook’s Mobile Viral Channels Are Working For Wooga, Europe’s Biggest Social Gaming Company

Japan’s GREE acquires Korean social gaming company Paprika Lab

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Japanese mobile gaming company GREE has extended its recent run of acquisitions, today announcing that it has bought Korean social game developer Paprika Lab, acquiring all of the company’s shares for an undisclosed amount. Having worked with the company in the past, GREE has said it will incorporate Paprika Lab’s social...
Japan’s GREE acquires Korean social gaming company Paprika Lab

Berlin startup Crowdpark bets on Euro 2012 with the launch of 90Live game

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Germany to win? Torres to be top scorer? Greece to repeat their 2004 heroics? With less than two days to go to the big Euro 2012 kickoff, football fans across Europe are arguing over how the next three weeks of drama will unfold. And what better way to spice things...
Berlin startup Crowdpark bets on Euro 2012 with the launch of 90Live game

Habbo exposed as paedophile haven

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Balderton Capital will return its 13 per cent stake in social gaming company Sulake at zero value after learning that one of the company's products, Habbo, is to be engulfed in a child sex scandal by Channel 4....
Habbo exposed as paedophile haven

Led By Social, Gaming Investment, M&A More Than Doubled In 2011; Consolidation Looms

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Yesterday, we took a look at the growing comfort consumers, specifically gamers, have with purchasing virtual goods and currency on the Web and mobile devices. Virtual goods are becoming a booming market thanks to the growing maturity of gaming platforms, free-to-play models, and the profusion of mobile devices. Today, international...
Led By Social, Gaming Investment, M&A More Than Doubled In 2011; Consolidation Looms
Forget reward points: AmEx gives users Farmville cash

Why Zynga is Shedding Users

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Social gaming company Zynga had an outstanding 2011, leading to a well-hyped IPO in December. But Zynga's biggest risk was always an over-reliance on Facebook, with most of its revenue and users coming from the social network. It's now six months after Zynga's IPO and its stock price has halved,...
Why Zynga is Shedding Users
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Developers say Facebook Credits converts fewer paying users than hoped

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Facebook’s top developers say the company’s payments infrastructure and virtual currency Credits is converting fewer paying users than they had hoped a year ago. Facebook made it mandatory for developers to use its payments platform in canvas games in July. That meant developers on the platform had to start handing...
Developers say Facebook Credits converts fewer paying users than hoped
The Inside Story of The OMGPOP-Zynga Deal From The CEO, Investors & More!

After Zynga Settlement, Layoffs Hit Brazilian Social Gaming Company Vostu

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Brazilian social gaming giant Vostu is laying off an undisclosed number of employees, we’ve learned. Vostu, which has raised $46 million from Intel Capital, Accel Partners, General Catalyst, and Tiger Technology Global Management; is one largest social gaming companies in Latin America. The gaming company was founded in 2007 by...
After Zynga Settlement, Layoffs Hit Brazilian Social Gaming Company Vostu

GREE May Have Missed OMGPOP, But It Has Another Way To Expand: A Deal With Ad Giant Dentsu

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When Kim first broke the news that Zynga was in talks to buy Draw Something developer OMGPOP, she noted that one other suitor was the Japanese social gaming giant GREE, which had already made a name for itself in buying U.S. gaming companies, picking up OpenFeint in April 2011 for...
GREE May Have Missed OMGPOP, But It Has Another Way To Expand: A Deal With Ad Giant Dentsu

OMG Stop! Why Zynga is considering $200M purchase of DrawSomething creator OMGPOP

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Welcome to the wild world of mobile gaming, where a new king can be crowned in the span of three weeks, and a struggling company can become the most sought after acquisition on the market. OMGPOP knew it had to try something drastic with DrawSomething, as it was getting beaten...
OMG Stop! Why Zynga is considering $200M purchase of DrawSomething creator OMGPOP
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