Category Archives: Social
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 | 16:19 BST
Three more Zynga executives have left the company: John Osvald and Nathan Etter, vice presidents in the Facebook games division, and Jesse Janosov, VP of casino gaming. Zynga announced last week a Q2 revenue decline of 31%, and that it would continue to evaluate its real money gaming products in the UK, but had decided “not to pursue a license” for real money gaming in the US. Thus the likely reason Janosov left the company. GI International reports that Etter is now working at Disney in its interactive division. Both he and Osvald had been with Zynga since 2009.
Sat, Jul 27, 2013 | 19:08 BST
Zynga’s new CEO, Don Mattrick, said the firm needs to “get back to basics” and start “tightening up” leadership and by assessing and resetting the firm’s product pipeline.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 | 23:15 BST
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 | 08:23 BST
Zynga has announced its Q2 financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 and reports revenue of $231 million, down 31% year-over-year.
Tue, Jul 02, 2013 | 14:47 BST
Yeah, yeah – Don Mattrick has left Microsoft. Brenna wants to talk about the flip-side: Mark Pincus has stepped down as CEO of Zynga.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 | 21:18 BST
Toro’s Friend Network, the Vita’s first social gaming app, will not be released in Europe. However, the plan may change eventually, but for now, don’t expect it. “There aren’t plans for an EU release of Toro,” said Sony’s Jawad Ashraf in a comment on the EU PlayStation Blog. “I hope that changes.” The app is a social town builder and mini-game collections that connects with Facebook and Twitter. Thanks, Eurogamer.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 | 17:13 BST
Rob Dyer, head of Zynga Partners program, has left the company. His departure follows that of Zynga China’s GM, Andy Tian, yesterday. Dyer had been with the firm since 2011, after previously working for SCEA. Now ord just yet on the reaosn behind his departure or where he plans to land next. More through the link at GI International.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 | 20:19 BST
Former Playfish CEO Kristian Segerstrale believes the noise surrounding next-gen consoles is distracting publishers from “the fastest growing parts of the game industry.”
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 | 11:52 BST
Candy Crush Saga developer King is to ditch in-game adverts in favour of a more seamless, uninterrupted gaming experience, according to an internal email sent around the company.
Thu, Jun 06, 2013 | 01:03 BST
Jellyvision Games is no more; the You Don’t Know Jack developer has rechristened itself Jackbox Games. The mid-sized indie company said the change is the final move in its evolution from an old school PC and console developer to a publisher on Roku, Ouya, social and mobile platforms. Last year’s Facebook version of You Don’t Know Jack was the company’s first social effort, won Spike TV’s social game of the year, and drew 3.5 million installs across social and mobile. It has other irons in the fire including new IP Lie Swatter and licensed titles.
Tue, May 21, 2013 | 04:40 BST
If you were a key cog at the studio producing, eh, notoriously violent titles like Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, would you be embarrassed to the explain to the “normies” in your life what you do? Jeremy Pope was, and that’s why he left Rockstar Games a decade ago and is pursuing projects that he sees as more palatable to him.
Wed, May 15, 2013 | 10:49 BST
GREE – one of Japan’s leading social and mobile developers – has released its third-quarter financial results. For the quarter ended March 31, the company’s profit has slumped, prompting a change in strategy moving forward.
Mon, May 13, 2013 | 02:43 BST
PopCap’s social spin-off to its popular tower defence title arrives on Facebook this month.
Thu, May 02, 2013 | 00:52 BST
Facebook gaming showed positive growth in the first quarter, but long term partner Zynga wasn’t a contributor to this success.
Wed, May 01, 2013 | 11:09 BST
DeNa has closed five titles hosted on its Mobage social hub in Japan, including Epic Games’ localised version of Infinity Blade Cross.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 | 03:23 BST
Zynga, who acquired OMGPOP last year, have confirmed that Draw Something 2 is now available in the US for iOS devices. The sequel will feature a live social feed, player’s own gallery, a Free Draw mode that allows players to draw whatever they desire and share it with friends, new drawing tools and many new words.
Thanks to Polygon, who report the news was initially announced by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus during an investor call. The game is already available on iOS in Sweden (where it costs 22 kronor) and Canada (CA$2.99).
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 | 21:53 BST
Zynga reported its Q1 earnings today, posting net income of $4.1 million compared to the $85.4 million loss the prior year. Still, not all is rosy in social gamesville, as sale fell 18% to $264 million.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 | 14:23 BST
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.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 | 04:07 BST
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.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 | 14:30 BST
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.