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Free-to-play games are having their Soupy Sales moment

It’s too easy for kids to spend big bucks on games without their parents even knowing they do so — until the credit card bill arrives. This is why there should be spending caps in free-to-play games.

Wooga: inside the social games wonderland of Jens Begemann (video)

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.

Developers and publishers need each other now more than ever before

Any yahoo can publish a game these days. Yet today’s market still demands of the specialization of the past, allowing the creator to focus on creating and the distributing to focus on marketing. And this relationship matters more now than ever before in Digital Publishing 2.0.

Zynga-OMGPOP deal draws mixed views from Wall Street analysts

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.

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Zynga expands its game cards to distributors in Europe and Turkey

Zynga’s quest is to get the whole world to play social games. To make that happen, the company has to set up payment mechanisms in countries where credit cards aren’t the norm. So the company is announcing today that it has cut deals to distribute its prepaid Zynga Game Cards in Europe and Turkey.

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Electronic Arts buys PopCap for $750M

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.

Angry Birds to invade TVs this summer with Roku

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.

Will zombie and jewel games take PopCap to an IPO?

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.

Countering Zynga, PopCap Games buys ZipZapPlay

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.

Hi5 becomes a top ten online game site

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.

PlayJam launches games on LG’s smart TVs

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.

Oberon to shutter internal game development

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.

YooMee Games enters crowded tournament-games market

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.