The mobile gaming ad model can turn product placement in free-to-play games into pay-to-win scams.
Social gaming has become an addiction-based business model, which could ultimately undermine the success of the entire industry.
Zynga reported a quarterly loss of $28.6 in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to a loss of $435 in the last quarter of 2011. Its annual loss was $209 million, down from $404 million in 2012.
The social media sector was down an average of 4% this week as it was negatively impacted by Pandora’s Q3 report (as detailed below) and Q4 concerns for AAPL. There was downward pressure on FB shares despite its potential addition to the NASDAQ 100 index next week, which should promote further institutional purchases through rebalancing. GRPN shares surged on Friday on renewed takeover speculation even though there were no fundamental developments.
With the launch of Windows 8 comes a new opportunity for developers to reach gamers on a whole new platform. Today, cloud gaming service Agawi has hit the play button on its GameZen app to bring more than a thousand games, from casual to hardcore, to all Windows 8 devices.
As Apple commanded the tech world’s attention earlier today, Zynga broke some bad news to its employees: Hundreds of them were being laid off, and The Ville was being sent out to pasture, as sister blog Inside Social Games reported. The company later confirmed the layoffs, releasing a letter that CEO Mark Pincus had sent out to staff.
Microsoft is hoping to have plenty of games ready for download when the software company launches the new Windows 8 on October 26th. Developers can get in now through the Agawi Game Partner “AGP Gold” Program for developers. Selected games will be featured on the Agawi Windows 8 app on the day of the launch. Specifically, they’re looking for social mid-core games and browser-based massively multi-player online games, so you can scrap your plans for “WindowVille” or “Angry Windows.”
Looking for a way to challenge and dare your friends in real-life activities? Klash is here to help you.
It not only helps you create these dares, it gets your friends in on the fun and they can provide “proof” as to whether or not you’ve completed the challenge.
Sound fun? It looks like it is. Possibly.
Nintendo announced that the Wii U will launch on November 18 in the U.S. The popular gaming console has come a long way from the 80′s and 90′s, but it looks like some classic games will continue to make their way into the future – and, in a way, so will your old television set.
Have you ever wondered who plays the most social games? A new infographic from Flowtown breaks it down. ‘Who Are Social Gamers?’ takes a look at everything from the gender, age, family situation, education, income, employment and more to find out who, exactly, social gamers are.