Smartphones and tablets are gaining attention in Japan, and this deal should allow both companies to take advantage of this trend.
The mobile revolution in games isn’t over yet, but Ngmoco’s founders have left their parent company DeNA.
Gree grew its Q2 revenues by 38 percent over Q1 in North America.
PlayPhone has acquired mobile social marketing firm SocialHour for $51.5 million in stock, VentureBeat has learned.
As the founder of Social Gaming Network, Shervin Pishevar squared off against Zynga in the early days of social gaming. But Pishevar veered off into iPhone gaming while Mark Pincus stayed put on Facebook with social games.
The Japanese are coming. In the wide open field of mobile social gaming, two large-scale Japanese companies, both of which have made major acquisitions of American firms, will soon be going head-to-head for worldwide dominance. Gree is expected to launch its global network sometime in 2012, while DENA’s Mobage network recently came out of beta on Android and will spread to iOS soon after.
As is customary in games, PapayaMobile depends heavily on the tiny proportion of users who pay for goods in social mobile games. But one of the surprises is that some of the most enthusiastic customers, known as “whales,” are for the most part women. Papaya found that 69 percent of its big spenders in games are women.
CrowdStar and YouWeb have launched a $10 million fund to invest in mobile social game developers. The fund is an acknowledgement that game maker CrowdStar can’t make all of the best games itself.
Japanese mobile games portal DeNA announced today it’s bringing the popular iPhone game Infinity Blade, one of the first mobile games geared toward hardcore gamers, to its mobile social network.
MindJolt, the social game company headed by MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe, has added a mobile veteran to its staff in a move to expand to mobile social games.
Already a big player in Facebook games, social game maker CrowdStar is expanding into mobile today with the launch of an iPhone game called Top Girl.
Bing Gordon is sitting pretty in the new gaming gold rush that’s all social and mobile. A partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, he has been the critical consigliere for sizzling startups Ngmoco and Zynga, which have already generated big scores for his venture-capital firm. We hope to hear some insights from him on the state of mobile and social game investments when he speaks on a panel at DiscoveryBeat 2010, which will take place in San Francisco on Monday.
Japan’s DeNA said today it is buying Ngmoco for up to $400 million in cash and stock in the biggest iPhone-related acquisition to date.
Japan’s big mobile social game company, DeNA, is announcing today it has made an investment in U.S. social game company Astro Ape.
Scoreloop has scored an interesting deal for its social platform for mobile games. The Munich-based company is announcing today that it will provide a social gaming hub to Taiwanese phone carrier Chunghwa Telecom. That will help Scoreloop’s mobile social game platform reach millions of users in the fast-growing Asian mobile game market.