No game has been more influential in recent history than Wii Sports. But Nintendo gave it away for free. That’s how it got consumers to pony up $249 for its Wii console with the newfangled remote-like Wii controller. It was perhaps one of the smartest ways to launch a new product, ever.
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Symantec is launching a novel subscription business today where it’s renting out its security expertise to corporations that need constant vigilance in the war against cybercrime. If you subscribe, you get your very own Symantec employee.
The Black Hat and Defcon security conferences both kick off in Las Vegas this week, and cyberthreats and security leaks seem as pervasive as ever. But security-minded corporations contend they’re making progress on dealing with multifaceted computer crime threats.
Rayspan has raised $12.5 million to further its technology for filtering out antenna interference so that cell phones can get better reception.
Booyah is launching a free iPhone app today that lets you create an “achievement system for your life.” Built by former game developers, the app lets you categorize and share your achievements in life with you friends. It’s a unique and creative title, and it comes from one of the few iPhone companies backed by serious venture money.
Quantenna Communications is making chips for home networks that let consumers send high-definition video from one appliance in the home to another wirelessly.
Open Sports Network said it has raised $4 million to create social games in the fantasy sports game genre.
Foundation 9 Entertainment is the latest game company to cut back on its development efforts as a result of a slowdown in the core video game business, VentureBeat has learned.
Electronic Arts announced a deal with Chinese game operator NetDragon Websoft to create a new version of the Ultima Online game for the Chinese market.
Social networks for gamers have been the rage lately. But Raptr seems to be separating itself from the pack by building a network that is bigger and more useful for the broadest audience of gamers.
The Apple iPhone popularized the multitouch screens that you can swipe with your hands, but the underlying technology came from Synaptics, which supplied the touch-based components that made it possible to control a phone’s features with two-finger gestures such as a swipe or a pinch.
Digital ad company Danoo said today it has named Garry McGuire as its new chief executive. He replaces Aileen Lee, who returns to her post as a partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
Big Fish Games announced today it has struck an alliance to make games for People.com in an attempt to expand the market for casual games.
Playdom has launched its first iPhone game, Mobsters: Big Apple, as an extension to its hit version on the MySpace social network.
Tapjoy announced today it has launched a new version of its monetization platform for iPhone apps and is also partnering with analytics firm Pinch Media. The aim is to increase profitability for iPhone app developers by giving them more options for generating revenues.
Flash games on the web started out as a hobby. Now there are tens of thousands of them that, through advertising, are generating steady incomes for their creators. And today, Mochi Media is launching a virtual currency that could extract even more revenue from those Flash games.
Casual games may sound like a lot of fun. But it’s a pretty difficult business these days. Real Networks is a case in point. Its game traffic is increasing slightly, but the money it can make from each game is going down, so it’s constantly having to tune its business to keep on a growth path.
Stitcher has provided us with more links to audio recordings of MobileBeat 2009 panels. Here are links to the breakout sessions on New Devices: How Will the Rise of Netbooks and Other New Devices Affect Business? and Eric Eldon’s panel on Social Media, Mobile Content. Thanks for listening.
Major League Gaming, the tournament league for professsional video game players, announced today it has cut a deal to use Electronic Arts‘ sports games in its major sponsored tournaments that are now drawing millions of viewers each month.
Walter Cronkite, former CBS anchorman who was the “most trusted man in America,” passed away at age 92 yesterday.
The lure of social media platforms is drawing the biggest video game companies. The latest to dive into social gaming is the French console game publisher Ubisoft, which announced its first game for Facebook today as well as a Facebook game portal to access its Facebook games.
Stitcher has posted two more audio recordings of our MobileBeat 2009 panels. Here’s the links to our panel on venture capitalists and strategic investors discussing Where’s the ROI? What’s Not Working? (above) We also have an audio recording of our fireside chat on Taking Mobile Marketing Mainstream. (Pictured below).
U.S. video game revenues fell more than analysts expected in June, thanks to a dearth of new titles during the typically slow summer months, according to market researcher NPD.
I’ve never written about a game company in Africa. Here’s a first. Gamecarte of Windhoek, Namibia, has come up with a clever twist on Sudoku, the numbers game that so many people are obsessed with around the world.
Microsoft made a big splash when it talked about bringing its gesture-control system, Project Natal, to the Xbox 360 in games coming next year. But Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates has disclosed that the technology will also work with future versions of Microsoft Windows on the PC.
Zink Imaging named the winners of its printer-design contest, which drew both professional and amateur designers to help create the next generation of its inkless printers.
Google Voice is rolling out today as a service that lets people use a single phone number that can be reached through multiple avenues.
Aurora Feint, which launched version 2.0 of its OpenFeint platform to help iPhone developers build social networking elements into their games, says it now has a million active users engaged with the platform in just 30 days. The platform gives iPhone developers social networking tools to make their apps stickier and to introduce iPhone users to new apps.
Intel executives did their best to paint a rosy picture of the company’s outlook in the second half of the year in an analyst conference call today about the company’s stellar second-quarter results.
Intel reported better than expected financial results for the second quarter in what is likely to be one of the most closely watched earnings reports of the season.
The results forSun Microsystems‘ fourth fiscal quarter (ended June 30) are so poor that Sun has issued an early warning. That’s likely to lead to more worries among Sun employees who may lose their jobs after Oracle closes its acquisition of the computer server maker. Actual earnings for the quarter are expected to be reported no later than Aug. 31.
Apple announced today that the AppStore has hit 1.5 billion downloads in the past year. There are now more than 65,000 apps available in 77 countries for the 40 million owners of iPhone and iPod Touch devices.
Yesterday’s announcement of a delay in Take-Two Interactive’s key game, BioShock 2, has led to a pounding on the stock market and a suggestion the company may be a takeover target again.
Electronic Arts is launching its Battlefield Heroes online-only free game today, after testing it for a number of months. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company is taking a business model that started in Asia and transplanting it into North America. This effort is one of the major migrations under way in the video game business today.
Israeli chip maker Amimon has raised $10 million in a third round of funding for its business of chips for high-definition video wireless networking.
Showing that the game sector is still vibrant for venture investment, Outspark has raised $8.3 million in a third round of funding for its casual online role-playing games.
Eight virtual goods companies raised $237 million from investors in the second quarter, Engage Digital announced today.
Kovio has raised $20 million in a fifth round of funding for its technology for printing chips in the same way that inkjets print on paper. If successful, the startup could create identification chips that are so cheap they could be placed on almost every product produced, just like the barcodes that have been around since 1974.
Reports surfaced today that Apple will launch an $800 tablet computer in October. But we’ve dug out something interesting ourselves: the processor chip for the tablet is being designed by Apple’s own internal chip team.
Like numerous other established game companies, King.com is expanding its turf from just web-based casual games to iPhone and Facebook games.