Facebook games now playing in News Feed and Timeline

Leave it to Facebook to invent yet another way to keep us all glued to the site. The social network has made the status update stickier with the addition of embedded games that people can play as they skim the News Feed or a friend’s Timeline.

Facebook game leaders: We’re not worried about Google+ games

For now, Facebook’s gaming managers aren’t worried about the competition from Google+. If they keep doing a good job growing the engagement and monetization of users on their own platform, they expect that game developers, users, and Facebook itself will be happy no matter what the competitive landscape looks like.

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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.

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Zynga’s board earned millions in 2010, IPO reveals

Massively popular social gaming company Zynga today filed for a $1 billion IPO along with some staggering numbers, including that the company had already earned $90 million in profit in 2011. The filing also revealed what sort of compensation the executive board earned in 2010.

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Will Zynga fare better than Pandora, Groupon in its IPO?

Zynga, the game developer behind smash hits FarmVille and CityVille, is the most profitable Web 2.0 company that has filed to go public this year. If this year’s track record with IPOs is any indication, Zynga’s IPO could easily crush every other Web 2.0 company once it makes its debut.

Nexon invests $5M in social game maker A Bit Lucky (exclusive)

Korean online gaming firm Nexon has invested $5 million in Silicon Valley social game developer A Bit Lucky, maker of the popular Facebook game Lucky Train. The move helps Nexon position itself in the Facebook social gaming market and gives a small game developer an important ally in the broader online game market.

How Facebook will be committing “commercide” on July 1st

Alex St. John is president and CTO of social entertainment service Hi5. He was previously CEO and co-founder of WildTangent Inc., the world’s largest online game network with over 35 million monthly unique visitors.

Social games maker Digital Chocolate raises $12M

Digital Chocolate, a developer of social games that appear on sites like Facebook, announced today that it has raised $12 million in its fourth round of funding from Intel Capital.

With latest accolade, the future is Bing Gordon’s game (exclusive interview)

Few outside of the video-game industry have likely heard of Bing Gordon. But the game pioneer now wields major influence over the future of the Internet, with board seats on companies from Amazon.com to Zynga. Today is a day that Gordon’s fame may spread wider: he has been named the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, a prestigious video-game association.