Jon Radoff takes Game Of Thrones to Facebook (exclusive interview)

When you think of Game of Thrones, you might think of the HBO series, now in its second season. You might think of the fantasy novels by George RR Martin. You might even think of the big triple-A console/PC RPG game published by Atlus. Of course, you’ll probably also think about violent death, political intrigue, and naked people.

Ghost Recon Commander offers headshots in a Facebook game (hands-on preview)

Brenda Garno Brathwaite and John Romero, two well-known game designers, never made a secret of their passion for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon games. They played for hundreds of hours and tweeted about their victories. Ubisoft’s Chris Early took notice and hired their company, Loot Drop, to make the Facebook game Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Commander. Some of its features, such as blood splotches and head shots, are not your usual fare on a social network where many of the titles are about matching gems or growing crops.

Game of Thrones Ascent aims to please fans with a Facebook game (exclusive)

Game startup Disruptor Beam has announced today the first Facebook game based on the award-winning novels by George R.R. Martin and the award-winning television show on HBO. Titled Game of Thrones Ascent, it is slated for an unspecified “future release” on Facebook. The developer plans to impress fans of the show and books alike with an authenticity and close-hewn relationship to the story-lines and characters of the popular series.

Zynga earnings preview: what the analysts think

Zynga’s stock price has been falling in recent days in advance of the company’s first quarter earnings report today. The shares are trading at $9.15 each right now — up slightly but down significantly from a recent high of $15.91 a share. Do investors know something?

First quarter game investments and acquisitions gather steam

The consolidation of companies in the social game market has begun, according to first-quarter data gathered by game-focused investment bank Digi-Capital. In the first quarter of 2012, 30 merger and acquisition deals generated $1.7 billion in transaction value at an average of $57 million, the report said.

Kabam crosses 1M downloads for its first mobile game

Kabam said today that its first hardcore game for mobile devices has been downloaded more than a million times. Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North has been available on the Apple App Store on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch as a free-to-play mobile title since March 1.

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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The Facebook gaming boom is fizzling out, analyst firm says

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…