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social gaming

The real reason Zynga is out of steam

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The games are lacking. If the social gaming company wants to save itself, it needs better titles. FORTUNE -- Zynga can't catch a break. Shares are down nearly 74% since its stock market debut. User engagement has dropped 53% in less than three years according to social game analytics firm...
The real reason Zynga is out of steam
Mango Health nabs $1.45M to build gamified mobile health apps
Grockit makes $20M deal with Discovery to invigorate online learning

Social Sports Game Start-Up Scores Funding From Drew Brees, Others

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As social gaming continues to evolve on Facebook, companies are beginning to look beyond the very successful — yet tapped out — stay-at-home female demographic. One new area that start-ups are flocking to exploits the exact opposite: men and their love for sports. “We are about guys and sports and...
Social Sports Game Start-Up Scores Funding From Drew Brees, Others
Study finds 85% of social gamers quit after their first day

The Inside Network Job Board: DeNA, SponsorPay, Big Fish Games 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: DeNA, SponsorPay, Big Fish Games and more. 12 Gigs Mobile Games – UI...
The Inside Network Job Board: DeNA, SponsorPay, Big Fish Games and more

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
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CrowdStar Co-Founder and GM Jeffrey Tseng promoted to CEO

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Mobile and social game developer CrowdStar today announced that co-founder and general manager of products Jeffrey Tseng has been promoted to CEO of the company. Former CEO and co-founder Peter Relan returns to his post of executive chairman on CrowdStar’s board of directors. CrowdStar said that the change comes as...
CrowdStar Co-Founder and GM Jeffrey Tseng promoted to CEO

Startups: Can Anything Take Down the Facebook Juggernaut?

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Illustration: Mister Mourao Sometime in early 2004, as Mark Zuckerberg was furiously coding the first iterations of The Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, the Internet passed what then seemed to be an impressive milestone: 750 million people worldwide had become connected. The exact birthdate of the Internet is difficult...
Startups: Can Anything Take Down the Facebook Juggernaut?
LucasArts' mixed legacy: A breeding ground for great games and designers that relied too much on Star Wars

J. K. Rowling's Pottermore to launch on PlayStation Home

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J. K. Rowling’s virtual Harry Potter community Pottermore is launching on Sony’s PlayStation Home, the company’s free social gaming platform. Users of Pottermore’s website will be able to link their Pottermore.com accounts to their PlayStation Network IDs. Pottermore at Playstation Home will be available in April. According to an announcement...
J. K. Rowling's Pottermore to launch on PlayStation Home

Zynga Retools Exec Team By Promoting From Within: Mark Vranesh Takes Over As CFO, David Ko As COO, Barry Cottle As CFO

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Zynga today fought back against a slew of high-level departures, announcing a slate of new appointments to C-level and executive roles. In all of these new appointments, Zynga is promoting from within rather than bringing in executives from the outside — perhaps in a big to truly stabilize the company...
Zynga Retools Exec Team By Promoting From Within: Mark Vranesh Takes Over As CFO, David Ko As COO, Barry Cottle As CFO
Gaming investors say the iPad will be this generation's console

Japanese social network Mixi acquires Kamado and its social barter and photo curation sites

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Mixi, the Japanese alternative to Facebook, has announced the acquisition of Kamado, the company behind the Livlis social bartering site and the Clipie photo curation site, as noted by Tech in Asia. Kamado’s expertise in mobile and social development will be put to work in helping Mixi grow its user...
Japanese social network Mixi acquires Kamado and its social barter and photo curation sites

After Significant Layoffs, Zynga Officially Rolls the Dice on Real Money Gaming in 2013

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Mr. Pincus (Photo: Wikipedia) After two big blows in succession–downgraded earnings forecasts, followed by 5 percent layoffs and the end of its studios in Boston, Japan, and the UK–Zynga’s third quarter earnings report exceeded the Street’s “rock bottom expectations.” That might explain why after hours trading is currently up 13.6...
After Significant Layoffs, Zynga Officially Rolls the Dice on Real Money Gaming in 2013
Another bad day: Facebook shares tumble nearly 10%

YouNow Gives Stage to Internet's Wannabe Stars, Leaves Judgment in Your Hands

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Shows like “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance” have unearthed some great (and not so great) talent. But not everyone gets their 15 minutes in the TV spotlight, so a service called YouNow is looking to provide it to the rest of the world with a talent...
YouNow Gives Stage to Internet's Wannabe Stars, Leaves Judgment in Your Hands

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

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

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

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

OpenFeint's Jason Citron Raises $1.1M To Go After Core Gamers With New Startup Phoenix Guild

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Just a year after selling his mobile-social gaming network OpenFeint to GREE for $104 million, Jason Citron is at it again. He’s starting a new company called Phoenix Guild and has pocketed $1.1 million from YouWeb, Accel Partners, and General Catalyst Partners. The goal is to be a the “Blizzard...
OpenFeint's Jason Citron Raises $1.1M To Go After Core Gamers With New Startup Phoenix Guild

Gambleville: Zynga brings more slots to social gaming

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Zynga to launch a new slots game with vampires, witches, cowboys and penguins. But players aren't using real money, yet. [Read more]...
Gambleville: Zynga brings more slots to social gaming

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

Game Over: Zynga Titles Sink After Facebook Changes Up Discovery

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If Zynga’s symbiotic relationship with Facebook was ever in question before, it sure isn’t now. The gaming company missed analyst estimates in its second-quarter earnings release on Wednesday, reporting one cent earnings per share on revenues of $332 million. That’s below what the Street expected — revenues of $344 million...
Game Over: Zynga Titles Sink After Facebook Changes Up Discovery

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

The Inside Network Job Board: Machine Zone, KIXEYE, Kongregate 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: Machine Zone, KIXEYE, Kongregate and more. 12 Gigs Mobile Games – UI Designer...
The Inside Network Job Board: Machine Zone, KIXEYE, Kongregate more

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?
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