Tag Archives: casual

Plants Vs Zombies confirmed for DS

Plants Vs Zombies will be released for Nintendo DS in the US in January 2011. The new handheld version of Popcap’s highly acclaimed tower defence game was confirmed by PR exec Laurie Thornton’s Twitter feed. While a UK price point or date has yet to be announced, the game will …

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Zynga buys Conduit Labs

Zynga has announced it has acquired Conduit Labs, a Boston-based social games developer. Conduit Labs, creator of Facebook games such as Music Pets and Super Dance, will be renamed Zynga Boston and will focus on developing new products. As a result, the aforementioned titles will be closed. The company’s CEO …

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Facebook hiring games boss

Facebook is racing to find a star games industry exec that will broker deals with publishers and development studios. The social networking giant – which recently clocked over 500 million individual active users – wants to make major deals with external studios and publishers, in a bid to bolster the …

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Another fresh start for Atari

The men currently guiding the troubled ship that is Atari have – once again – outlined the company’s intentions to navigate out of continuously troubled water and back into a more stable future at the heart of the games industry. As is the case with so many modern publishers, Atari’s …

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Namco brings casual in-house

In a nod to the ever growing importance of the casual games sector, it has been confirmed that social games publishing division Namco Networks America is to be merged with Namco Bandai Games America. Current Namco Networks CEO and COOKenji Hisatsune will subsequently become president and CEO of the new …

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PopCap welcomes new director

Casual games specialist PopCap has announced that Rick Fox has become the seventh member of its board of directors. We’re very happy to have Rick join our board of directors, where his decades of entrepreneurial and technology industry leadership will help us take PopCap to the next level,” PopCap CEO …

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Disney acquires Playdom in $763m deal

Disney will acquire social games giant Playdom for a fee that could rise to $763.2 million. The deal, which was rumoured last week, involves an initial payment of $563.2 million, with a further $200 million dependent on performance. The news comes weeks after Disney swooped for iPhone music game pioneer …

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Kinect paves way for expansion beyond the core

On the face of it Microsoft’s 129.99 RRP for Kinect suggests that the company may not be chasing the family market so much as striving to further monetise its existing Xbox 360 userbase. But the European VP of interactive entertainment business Chris Lewis has insisted to MCV that Kinect remains …

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Social games market to hit $1.5bn in 2014

The total value of the social network games market will reach $1.5bn by 2014, according to a new report from Screen Digest. In 2009 that total stood at around $639m with 500m active monthly users, suggesting that the sector is set to grow by over 100 per cent in the …

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