Today AppStats is launching a new window on who’s winning and who’s losing in Facebook apps. The app analytics site, created by Berlin-based newsmag Social Games Observer, reveals which apps and developers are growing audience, and which are shrinking.
Social gaming giant Zynga has connected with credit company American Express to provide a rewards program where users can receive virtual game rewards for using their real-life American Express card.
While more social game players are becoming paying customers, overall spending on social games is down from a year ago, according to market research firm SuperData.
Electronic Arts came out swinging against what it calls a “misinformed” article in Business Insider, which said that EA’s The Sims Social game is on “life support.”
Hackers broke into one of Zynga’s older social games, YoVille, and they were able to disrupt the gameplay for a group of fewer than 1,000 players. The social-game company acknowledged the security problem but said it had addressed it.
Jason Citron scored big when he sold OpenFeint to Japan’s Gree for $104 million. Now the entrepreneur is back again with a new company called Phoenix Guild.
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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.
Facebook paid more than $1.4 billion to game developers (and other app makers) in 2011, according to a Facebook talk at the Game Developers Conference this morning.
Goplay is launching a web portal for social games in the hopes of luring disaffected publishers away from Facebook.
No matter how you look at it, the game industry is red hot.
Editor’s Pick Facebook’s gaming boom has come to an end, according to a report from IHS Screen Digest Media Research. The subject is open to debate and players such as Facebook and Zynga will no doubt dispute this. But IHS Screen Digest has put together an argument that will likely get a lot of attention, as games such as those made by Zynga have driven the growth of the social network…
Perhaps it’s time to start calling it Words With Friends With Benefits.
Hasbro and Zynga are announcing a deal where the big toy company will create toys based on Zynga’s game characters and social gaming brands. It’s a marriage of the old new game worlds that makes sense as the physical and digital worlds converge.
Social gaming firm Kabam said today it has signed a multi-year lease on a “spectacular” new office in downtown San Francisco. The move shows that the city is ground zero for the social game industry.
Spil Games said today that it has 170 million monthly active visitors to its various teen-girl-focused game sites.
Do gambling and Facebook games go together?