Monthly Archives: January 2012

Spil Games reports ARPPU of $60 in some markets

The result is continued year-on-year growth for the portal; monthly unique users grew by 30 percent between March and December 2011. The portal now has 170 million monthly unique visitors. Based on internal research, Spil reports that average user time

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Zynga accused of copying its upcoming Bingo game

“We’re not copycats, you are. Besides, everyone copies.” That sums up Zynga Chief Executive Officer Mark Pincus’ response to accusations that his company’s upcoming Bingo release for Facebook was a copy of Bingo Blitz, from Buffalo Studios (see infographic below).

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6Waves Lolapps sued by Spy Fox

Triple Town developer Spry Fox is taking its complaints about 6Waves Lolapps’ very similar title Yeti Town to court, filing charges of copyright infringement with a US Federal judge. “In general, we believe that only in the most extreme circumstances

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Virgin Gaming hits 1 million registered users

Virgin Gaming, a platform which allows players of over a dozen games to compete in tournaments for cash, has reached a milestone of over one million registered users. The service has also issued over $7 million worth of prizes to

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Kabam acquires Fearless Studios

Kabam, a maker of hardcore social games, has acquired independent game studio Fearless Studios for an undisclosed price. The deal gives Kabam more development firepower and it is generally part of a wave of acquisitions happening in the game industry

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Bingo for Facebook goes into closed beta

Zynga has launched a closed beta of its upcoming Bingo social game. The game favored by small children and old people alike can be played without having to attend a local fire hall or assisted living center. Zynga is only

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Wii U will launch 2012

Nintendo has confirmed that it will release the Wii U console by the end of the year in all major markets. Speaking following the release of its latest financial results, president Satoru Iwata said the system will be available for

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NCSoft files lawsuit against TERA employees

Earlier this month NCsoft filed a lawsuit against former employees who went on to form Bluehole Studio, the Korean team behind MMO TERA. As reported by MMO Culture, Bluehole is accused of stealing “copious amounts of confidential and proprietary NCsoft

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Blizzcon 2012 canceled

The primary reason Blizzard gave this morning for announcing its decision not to host a Blizzcon fan gathering this year was that the company is “heavily focused on getting Diablo III, [World of Warcraft's] Mists of Pandaria, and [Starcraft II's]

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Zynga copies Nimblebits Tiny Tower after turned down acquisition

Zynga has just launched a game Dream Heights which is a direct cloneof Tiny Tower from independent developers Nimblebit. Now it turns out that Nimblebit turned down an acquisition offer from Zynga. For me, that puts the cloning in a

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