Venture capitalist Tim Chang describes the white-hot landscape of game investments

The emerging landscape of games is attracting a lot of money, thanks in part to excitement about Zynga’s upcoming initial public offering and some recent acquisitions such as Electronic Arts’ $750 million purchase of PopCap Games. Tim Chang, a partner at Norwest Venture Partners, has kept his finger on the pulse of the game market for years and spoke about the opportunities in games at the recent Casual Connect game conference in Seattle.

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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.

Zynga’s 15th acquisition in 13 months: Toronto’s Five Mobile

Zynga has acquired the assets of Five Mobile, a Toronto-based developer of mobile apps. The new team will be known as Zynga Toronto and will spearhead the company’s efforts to recruit developers in Canada. And it’s part of Zynga’s continuing expansion into mobile games in an effort to diversify beyond Facebook games.

GamesBeat veteran speakers come back for more

Today we’re revealing the tenth group of speakers for our third annual GamesBeat 2011 conference. This group is a set of veterans who have spoken at our past conferences and have meaningful updates for our event on July 12-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. We like when our past speakers show up again with more to say.

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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.

Mark Pincus

Crikey! Zynga’s IPO by the numbers

Social games maker Zynga, the developer behind smash hits like FarmVille and CityVille, filed for an initial public offering today, according to a filing with the securities and exchange commission.

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Is Google+ planning to add games and questions?

While most people are still waiting to experience the plethora of new features available on Google+, there are portions of the new social service that no one has access to yet. An examination of Google+’s code reveals references to both Google Games and Google Questions, reports Engadget.

Zynga launches its first combat social game, Empires & Allies

Zynga, the leader in social games that could be near an initial public offering, is launching its first combat social game on Facebook tomorrow. The Empires & Allies game is a big switch for a company that has focused on non-violent casual games to date such as FarmVille and CityVille.

Will zombie and jewel games take PopCap to an IPO?

PopCap Games has been a consistent winner when it comes to making great games for casual audiences, or those who don’t consider themselves to be hardcore gamers. From Bejeweled to Plants vs Zombies, PopCap’s games are light-hearted and cartoonish, but they can be just as addictive as hardcore console titles. The difference is that they are lightweight snacks.