Mobile games are more like bite-sized snacks.
The new head of Ngmoco believes mobile games are leveling up.
Facebook’s been good to Kixeye. In our fireside chat with chief executive Will Harbin, he explains how the social hardcore gamemaker is branching out.
Kixeye, a developer of social games on Facebook for core gamers, announced today that it has raised $18 million in its third round of funding led by Jafco Ventures.
Facebook game makers frequently each other of copy-catting games. The latest accusation comes from Kixeye, which says that heavily-funded Kabam has blatantly copied Kixeye’s big hit Backyard Monsters.
Kixeye, once known as Casual Collective, has pivoted in a big way into social games on Facebook for hardcore gamers. That’s a market that has been ignored by dominant social game firm Zynga, and it may prove to be a lucrative niche as more hardcore gamers discover that Facebook isn’t all about playing cutesy games.
Perhaps it was the sumo wrestling. Alex St. John, president of social network Hi5 and a man who took on a real sumo wrestler as a marketing stunt, has something to crow about. His company is announcing today that market analyst comScore Media Metrix has classified Hi5 as a top ten online gaming site in a worldwide ranking.