Guest Post How can a company that brings in $1.2 billion a year, and recently cut costs in order to achieve profitability, have a market value that’s effectively zero? It doesn’t make sense. Here’s why Zynga is undervalued — provided it does the right thing next.
While the average app store developer might make under $10K a year from his or her apps, Joe Kaufman has managed to generate millions of downloads to his hit Lost City and Secret of Grisly Manor apps, generating massive revenue and making him a self-made millionaire.
Children app developer Duck Duck Moose raises $7M Series A
A surprising amount of card games were shown and played at PAX this year. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting we saw.
Editor’s Pick This year’s Olympics earned the nickname “Socialympics.” It has inspired huge waves of tweets, brought down the reputation of old media giants, and earned athletes millions of new followers.
It’s like the Sims hacked your family tree: Family Village is a game in which you can play alongside your ancestors (and learn about your family, too!).
Activision Blizzard and Swrve are proving that mobile games are as important as those for consoles.
Kiip released its own app today, charmingly called “Kiipsake,” which acts as a digital wallet where people can store all their Kiip rewards.
An award-winning documentary about the search for the world’s greatest Tetris player is now available to order.
Editor's Pick Rewards network Kiip announced today that it closed $11 million in a second round of investment. The funding will go towards expanding Kiip’s rewards system beyond gaming, infusing ‘moments of happiness’ into everyday life.
My 9-year-old collects and plays with Pokémon cards, but if what I saw today from Nukotoys today is any indication of what we can expect in the future, he’ll be switching soon.
Last month, Activision struck a partnership with analytics firm Flurry to create a third-party publishing platform that would allow outside developers to elease games under the Activision Mobile brand. The developers retain control over their intellectual property and Flurry provides mobile analytics and advertising capabilities. This was a significant step, considering Activision used to be less active on mobile than competitors Electronic Arts, Zynga, and Gameloft.
Social fashion site Chicismo officially launched today and announced it has raised $800,000 in initial investment.
Former Electronic Arts exec and current Kleiner Perkins partner Bing Gordon was on-stage at MobileBeat 2012 today in San Francisco.
Global games publisher Gameloft announced today its new gaming hub service, Gameloft Live. In a move that should surprise no one, the company has taken the concept and the name of a console gaming service (Xbox Live) and repurposed it for the mobile space with a dedicated Android app, available now, and a soon-to-be-released iOS app.
A developer that sells apps in Apple’s ubiquitous App Store goes by the name Anton Sinelnikov. Pulling up his apps today shows a much thinner selection than yesterday, according to website VideoGameWriters. Nine apps are left on sale from this particular seller, down from 68 previously. The reason? Cloned apps. Knockoffs.
Backseat boredom could become a thing of the past if experimental interactive glass technology finds its way into General Motors cars.
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Gamer social network Call of Duty Elite will be stable this Thanksgiving and for the subsequent holiday weekend, Activision Blizzard said today.
With Apple and Android now dominating the mobile gaming market with their low price model, it is worth noting that there are also some budget priced bargains to be found on the Playstation Network Store. I have been trawling through the store for the past few days, and below you can find my pick of the games that can be grabbed for less than $5. All of these games can be played on PS3 consoles, and some can also be downloaded and played on a Sony PlayStation Portable or a PSPGo, all for the stated price. As you can see, there are some real gems on the list that are definitely worth checking out.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGdwUiTRn-I&w=560&h=315] People just can’t seem to get enough Angry Birds (or they just really hate those egg-thieving pigs).
Video and game rental service RedBox is having a banner year, increasing the Q3 earnings of parent company Coinstar 90 percent, the company announced today in its earnings call.
Amid a host other game announcements, Zynga unveiled its newest “Ville” game, CastleVille, at the Zynga Unleashed event this week. CastleVille certainly seems more ambitious than other games — it has better graphics than Zynga’s other titles and the soundtrack features a 75-person orchestra.
Game maker BioWare has added a four-player cooperative multiplayer mode to its Mass Effect 3 game, one of next year’s most anticipated titles, the company said today.
More kids are playing video games between the ages of 2 and 17, according to a new market research report.
Sony today released a software development kit (SDK) for creating games across multiple PlayStation certified devices, such as the upcoming PlayStation Vita and the Sony Tablet.
One day before the Tokyo Game Show, Nintendo has announced the launch dates of several high-profile games for the 3DS handheld console, as well as a new analog stick add-on.
iSwifter’s innovative app for streaming Flash content to the iPad now supports Google+ games, making it the first app to do so, the company announced today.
Zynga just revealed a teaser for its next big social game, an Indiana Jones-inspired creation called Adventure World.
Video games used to be political cannon fodder on the state level, with politicians creating laws to stop the sale of violent video games to minors. But these days, states are realizing that the jobs created by game studios are just as good as any other ones.
Bungie is one of the most successful game startups in history, although the company was obscure for the first 10 years of its existence, or half of its 20-year life. Today, the maker of the Halo series of games is marking its 20-year anniversary with the launch of an hour-long web documentary.