Monthly Archives: December 2012

Zynga Kills 11 Games After Terrible Year

Social media gaming titan Zynga has whacked Mafia Wars 2, put down PetVille, and friedFishVille as part of a cost-cutting drive. The company is shutting down a total of 11 games, closing offices, and laying off more than 100 employees

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TERA changing to Free-to-play in Japan and Korea

TERA, the action-MMO with a fantasy setting, is being changed into a free-to-play game in Korea and Japan. TERA launched on PC in South Korea in January 2011, notably ahead of the May 2012 release date for North America and

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Clash of Clans creator passes EA as top iPhone and iPad game maker

Supercell, the Finnish game maker behind Clash of Clans and HayDay, has passed Electronic Arts as the highest-earning iOS game maker in November. What’s most impressive though is that it did with just two games will EA sells nearly 1000

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Tomb Raider: Underworld Is Free-To-Play In Your Browser

Tomb Raider: Underworld has been made available as a free-to-play game in a browser, thanks to Square Enix’s Core Online. (…) you will have to suffer through an advertisement every 20 minutes. (…) These ads will show up three times

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Nintendo getting free to play games for the Wii U in 2013

Nintendo’s jumping into the free-to-play gaming model in 2013 with the release of Tank! Tank! Tank! on the Wii U platform. The Namco Bandai arcade game Tank! Tank! Tank! will be free to play starting in Japan in 2013. You

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2012: The Year Zynga Crashed and Burned

After going public at the end of 2011, social gamer Zynga has crashed and burned this year. Shares have now lost three-quarters of their value this year as the company’s monetization and transition away from Facebook’s platform are in doubt.

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Jagex Spends £500k on Ad Campaign for Runescape

Jagex Software has decided to spend about half a million pounds on a fancy Runescape TV and marketing campaign. The marketing campaign running in theaters for the 12-year-old MMO is running during showings of The Hobbit in UK and Australian

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F2P Action RPG Soulcraft gets out of beta

Soulcraft, a game that went into beta mode right at the beginning of this year, finally sees the light of the day as a “proper” release as the year fittingly comes to a close. The game, which has you playing

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Why Is (Almost) Every Video Game Suddenly Free?

(…) why is free-to-play becoming so dominant? (…)  In economics, there is a concept called “Marginal Cost Pricing” — selling something for exactly how much it cost to make and distribute it. The famous quote on this subject is from

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Zynga struggles to keep up with the competition

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus is knee-deep in crisis over sluggish gains in social games. And that’s just the beginning. A crushed stock — down 85 percent from its all-time high — has cast a spotlight on internal strife and Pincus’

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