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  • Solitaire Blitz: fishing for chump change, catching chumps

    Brenna is never, ever going to give PopCap any money for Solitaire Blitz, and has no idea if this makes her part of the problem, or the solution.

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  • EA lay-offs strike mobile teams in UK, India - report

    Although EA still isn’t keen to comment, it has made layoffs at at least one and probably two studios, with talk of a wider restructuring across its mobile and social divisions.

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  • EA to shutter The Sims Social and other Facebook games

    The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society are all facing the chop, developer and publisher EA has confirmed. The company intends to close down all three games due to slumping player activity.

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  • Video games need more mass market appeal, says EA COO

    Electronic Arts CCO Richard Hilleman believes video games aren’t mass market yet, with the closest medium to reach the sector being the social and mobile space.

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  • SimCity cheetah speed enabled on all servers

    The SimCity Facebook page confirms that cheetah speed is now available in-game. Some servers have been lucky enough to have the fastest speed available for quite some time, but even those of you in the busiest regions should now have access. Maxis also noted that update 2.0 is on the way. Thanks, Blue’s News.

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  • Zynga investor files suit over executive exemption from stock lockup

    One Zynga shareholder and former employee has filed suit against the social publisher, claiming lower-level staff and general investors were blocked form selling stock while executives made a packet doing just that.

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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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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?

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

    Candy Crush Saga developer King.com 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • Facebook no longer required for Zynga.com

    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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Solitaire Blitz: fishing for chump change, catching chumps

    Brenna is never, ever going to give PopCap any money for Solitaire Blitz, and has no idea if this makes her part of the problem, or the solution.

  • EA lay-offs strike mobile teams in UK, India – report

    Although EA still isn’t keen to comment, it has made layoffs at at least one and probably two studios, with talk of a wider restructuring across its mobile and social divisions.

  • EA to shutter The Sims Social and other Facebook games

    The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society are all facing the chop, developer and publisher EA has confirmed. The company intends to close down all three games due to slumping player activity.

  • Video games need more mass market appeal, says EA COO

    Electronic Arts CCO Richard Hilleman believes video games aren’t mass market yet, with the closest medium to reach the sector being the social and mobile space.

  • SimCity cheetah speed enabled on all servers

    The SimCity Facebook page confirms that cheetah speed is now available in-game. Some servers have been lucky enough to have the fastest speed available for quite some time, but even those of you in the busiest regions should now have access. Maxis also noted that update 2.0 is on the way. Thanks, Blue’s News.

  • Zynga investor files suit over executive exemption from stock lockup

    One Zynga shareholder and former employee has filed suit against the social publisher, claiming lower-level staff and general investors were blocked form selling stock while executives made a packet doing just that.

  • 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 King.com 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 Zynga.com

    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, […]

  • EA and Zynga settle lawsuit over The Ville

    EA and Zynga have settled over claims that the Zynga’s “The Ville” infringed on EA’s “The Sims Social,” reports Bloomberg. The report states the actual contents of the settlement were not reveled, only that both parties had reached a settlement. Back in August 2012, EA filed a copyright infringement suit over the social game maker’s […]

  • Facebook redirects affect multiple sites

    Log out of Facebook to read the rest of this artic- oh, you’ve gone.

  • Farmville animated series inbound from X-Men director

    X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner has signed on to produce an animated TV series based on Farmville. Deadline reports production will be handled by Canadian company Six Eleven media. No network has picked up the series yet. Ratner’s also behind the Rush Hour series and the upcoming Hercules: The Thracian Wars; he described […]

  • Habbo Hotel owner Sulake acquired by telecom company Elisa

    Habbo Hotel owner Sulake has been purchased by Finnish telecommunications company Elisa for an undisclosed sum.

  • Zynga Q4 and FY2012: revenue steady, losses and bookings down

    Zynga’s cost-cutting measures over the last quarter have borne fruit, with the social publisher dramatically reducing losses in its latest financial report.

  • Facebook: 10 major titles coming in 2013, ChronoBlade helmed by GTA creator

    Facebook is home to a growing number of games, but the social network company is going megaton on game development this year, starting with the announcement of ChronoBlade, an RPG with a whiff of Diablo about it. It’s being helmed by GTA creator Dave Jones, also of APB/Crackdown fame. See it in action below.

  • Zynga farewells Brian Reynolds

    Brian Reynolds has left Zynga, the social publisher has confirmed in a statement issued to Joystiq. The veteran developer joined Zynga in 2009 and has left to “pursue other opportunities”. He was chief game designer of the successful Frontierville, and his past credits include Rise of Nations and Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. Although it’s been […]

  • Zynga shares jump ahead of quarterly earnings release

    Zynga’s stock jumped in value by 14% on Monday to close at $2.84, an unenviable but improved high.

  • Game of Thrones Ascent gameplay detailed

    Game of Thrones Ascent, a Facebook game set in everyone’s favourite fantasy epic, is close to launch, so developer Disruptor Beam has provided a rundown of what it will actually involve.

  • Miiverse will be “huge” once it hits 3DS, says Iwata

    Miiverse isn’t a competitor to existing social networks but a place for gamers to share their experiences with those who understand them – and it’s going to be “huge” once it arrives on 3DS, according to Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata.