Free-to-play games catching MMO subscribers’ attention (and wallets)

The successful launch of Star Wars: The Old Republic notwithstanding, the business model of mandatory subscriptions for massively multiplayer online (MMO) games seems to be on its way out. A new user survey by online core gamer network Curse indicates that free-to-play games and microtransaction purchases are gaining ground even among subscribers of MMO market leader World of Warcraft.

How Germany’s Wooga took Facebook by storm (interview)

After Zynga, the second-biggest player on Facebook isn’t Electronic Arts anymore. It’s Wooga, a Berlin-based studio that has become Europe’s largest social game publisher with more than 49 million monthly active users on Facebook.
Now Wooga has raised $24 million in venture capital and has grown to more than 150 employees. The company now faces a number of strategic decisions, such as doubling down on Facebook or spreading out to platforms such as Google+ or Zynga.com. We caught up with co-founder Jens Begemann at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Here’s a transcript of our interview.

The Facebook gaming boom is fizzling out, analyst firm says

Facebook’s gaming boom has come to an end, according to a report from IHS Screen Digest Media Research. The subject is open to debate and players such as Facebook and Zynga will no doubt dispute this. But IHS Screen Digest has put together an argument that will likely get a lot of attention, as games such as those made by Zynga have driven the growth of the social network…

Raptr unveils new data about Zynga’s social gamers

All eyes are on Zynga now as the social gaming company prepares to go public in an initial public offering. The social game maker has revealed some data about itself in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But Raptr, the social network for gamers, has been mining its own data on 10 million users for information about Zynga, and it is releasing it in a report today.

A Bit Lucky debuts its Lucky Space social game on Facebook

A Bit Lucky, a social gaming firm that is shooting to make high-end Facebook games, is launching its second game today, called Lucky Space. The game is in the simulation and strategy category on Facebook and has players build a space colony in a sci-fi universe. If it turns out to be a hit, A Bit Lucky can consider itself a real player in the high-stakes social gaming market.