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  • Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Kickstarter closes with $1.9 million

    The Kickstarter campaign for Richard Garriott’s new social RPG Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues has ended. The crowdfunding drive was more than successful, pulling in $1,919,275 – close to twice its goal of $1 million. 22,322 backers ponied up at an average of $85 each, significantly higher than the typical US RRP of a […]

  • SimCity releases free but ad-supported DLC

    If you can stomach looking at the word “Nissan” from time to time, head over to Origin to grab the Leaf Station, a free piece of DLC bearing the car manufacturer’s brand. The charging station gives a one-time boost to business happiness in surrounding areas, boosts happiness for each sim that uses it, requires no […]

  • Big Fish Games netted $220 million in 2012

    Big Fish Games is a social and indie PC developer that I admittedly hadn’t heard of until today, nor do I recognise any of its titles. Regardless, it made $220 million last year alone, and has surpassed $2 billion lifetime downloads. Next round is on them right?

  • Candy Crush Saga gets 50 million players a day, dev announces two new games

    Candy Crush Saga developer has rebranded as it announced a string of significant milestones. It seems that 50 million of you are playing its sweet puzzler on a daily basis.

  • Plants vs Zombies Adventures now in closed beta

    PopCap has quietly unveiled Plants vs Zombies Adventures, a social adaptation of its much-loved tower defence effort now in beta on Facebook. Only a few players are onboard, with wider availability expected during northern spring. The “highly accessible” social spin-off promises exclusive new plants and zombie and all-new forms of combat, sending players on road […]

  • Facebook no longer required for

    Well well well, what have we here? Zynga has relaunched its online gaming portal and removed a requirement to login via Facebook. You can still use your social network ID if you like, but its yet another sign of the casual, mobile and social publisher’s decreasing reliance on Facebook. Reuters reports the relaunch hasn’t impressed […]

  • Pottermore headed to PlayStation Home

    Free-to-play Harry Potter social network and experience Pottermore is coming to PlayStation Home. Sony has promised more information soon, for now leaving us wqith this teaser trailer.

  • Zynga exec says all devs copy each other, amid copycat claims

    Zynga New York head Dan Porter has published an open letter regarding claims that the studio copies other people’s titles. Porter downplayed the claim by suggesting that everyone copies each other.

  • Running With Friends is Eat Sleep Play's latest

    Twisted Metal developer Eat Sleep Play has released a social endless runner called Running with Friends. Published by Zynga, the free-to-play iOS title is available on the App Store now. Traditionally at home to a more mature audience, Eat Sleep Play had to tone down its gory plans, but VentureBeat reports the game remains unusually […]

  • BioWare: San Francisco shuttered, all staff laid off - rumour

    Dragon Age: Legends developer BioWare San Francisco has been closed, with all jobs lost, according to reports citing anonymous sources.

  • Ultima creator tease suggests Kickstarter on Friday

    Richard Garriott is teasing a reveal later this week, with all signs pointing to a crowd-funded project inspired by his influential RPG series, Ultima.

  • Godus backers' names to appear in Curiosity soon

    22 Cans has announced via Twitter that all Project Godus backers will be featured in Curiosity layers over the next few days. The crossover was just one of a number of rewards offered to those who helped crowd-fund the newest Peter Molyneux god sim, which is expected in September this year.

  • Zynga closes, consolidates several US offices

    Zynga has closed its Baltimore studio and shuffled staff around in New York and Texas, resulting in “minimal” job cuts.

  • Gree and Yahoo Japan launch new social and mobile initiative

    Mobile publisher Gree and Yahoo Japan have teamed up to open a new developer of social and mobile games, GxYz Inc. GamesIndustry reports the two companies began laying the foundation for the new developer in November 2012, and have fronted ¥200 million ($2.1 million) in capital. Gree holds 51% of shares in the new company, […]


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