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Don Mattrick might be headed to Zynga to replace founder Mark Pincus as CEO.
Big Fish Instant Games will be on PC, smart TVs, tablets, and mobile phones.
Arkadium went 12 years without raising money, but now it’s doubling down.
Wooga is one of the most successful casual games publishers to date. In this video, founder and CEO Jens Begemann talks about starting Wooga, keeping a healthy company culture, dealing with Facebook – and his thoughts on the hype surrounding startups in Berlin.
Fifty-two million Hispanics live in the U.S., and many of them are avid gamers.
Developers will be able to use YoYo Games’ GameMaker: Studio to publish easily on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.
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Jens Begemann still believes in Facebook, but the CEO of Wooga is also expanding into mobile social games.
Editor’s Pick Zynga’s weak earnings report yesterday has spurred an investor panic, cratering the company’s stock price by 39 percent today.
WildTangent’s move into the mobile space suggests that many companies are still staking their claims in hopes of getting rich in the gold rush.
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Editor's Pick Zynga’s purchase of OMGPOP for a price reported to be around $150 million to $200 million has drawn mixed reviews on Wall Street. The deal gives Zynga the team that made Draw Something, a Pictionary-style mobile game that has been a phenomenal success over the past six weeks.
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.
Canadian interactive TV game publisher TransGaming has acquired the TV game division assets of Oberon Media, a publisher of casual games, for $7 million.
Gamers have downloaded game developer Rovio’s Angry Birds, a popular iPhone slingshot-style game franchise, more than 350 million times, the company’s general manager Andrew Stalbow said today.
Perfect World, one of the largest online game operators in China and east Asia, announced today that it will invest $100 million in a venture capital fund.
Angry Birds maker Rovio is in the process of a fundraising round that would value the company at $1.2 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg.
Supergiant video game publisher Electronic Arts has acquired casual game maker PopCap for $650 million in cash and $100 million in stock. The deal includes a multi-year earn out bonus, but there were no details released about it.
World of Warcraft, one of the top-selling online games in the world, will be free to download and play for a good chunk of the game’s introductory content, game developer Blizzard Entertainment announced today.
MindJolt, a social game company headed by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has launched its first its first social gaming project built by a company it acquired in April.
Game publisher Electronic Arts is the latest rumored suitor looking to buy casual games maker PopCap for more than $1 billion, according to sources talking to TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid.
PopCap, a game developer that focuses on casual quick-hit style games like Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled, might be in talks to be acquired for more than $1 billion, according to TechCrunch.
Yes, Angry Birds is now officially everywhere. Streaming video set-top box maker Roku has announced that it’s partnering with game maker Rovio to bring Angry Birds to televisions this summer.
PopCap Games has been a consistent winner when it comes to making great games for casual audiences, or those who don’t consider themselves to be hardcore gamers. From Bejeweled to Plants vs Zombies, PopCap’s games are light-hearted and cartoonish, but they can be just as addictive as hardcore console titles. The difference is that they are lightweight snacks.
In a counter-move against Zynga, game maker PopCap Games said today that it has acquired the San Francisco-based social game developer ZipZapPlay. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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.
Games are migrating to all platforms. The latest example is a deal between PlayJam and LG to put casual games on smart TVs and web-connected Blu-ray players.
Online games giant Oberon Media has decided to shut down in-house production, resulting in the elimination of an undetermined number of jobs, according to Oberon CEO and president Bob Hayes in an interview.
India is growing fast as a modern entertainment market. That has enabled Games2win to raise $6 million in a second round of funding for its casual online game business.
There’s no shortage of companies offering tournament-game platforms. But YooMee Games is announcing today that it is going after the market with a unique twist, focusing on casual games that can be played across web sites, social networks and mobile devices.
Game fundings broke a record this year as 91 companies raised more than $1.05 billion in 2010. That number is up 58 percent from a year ago, based on VentureBeat’s own research.
Zynga may be darling of the social game industry, but Big Fish Games has been selling casual games for eight years now and doesn’t want to be forgotten.
Let’s take a break from all the serious discussion about violent video games for a second and look at casual games startup OMGPOP, which could raise up to $10 million in its current fundraising round, according to a report from All Things D.