Category Archives: Gaming

Zynga Ride Continues With Acquisition Of Mobile Gaming Company And More Layoffs

Zynga sees surge after news of acquisition and layoffs and earnings release. NaturalMotion acquired by Zynga Yesterday, Zynga announced that it had acquired NaturalMotion, a creator of mobile games and animation software. Zynga will pay $391 million in cash and … Continue reading

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Electronic Arts Online and Mobile Strategies Show How They Both Destabilize And Provide Opportunities For Game Makers

Latest SEC filing shows growth in some areas and an impact on income.   Electronic Arts’ online and mobile sectors are proving challenging to integrate into a physical game world, with impacts on business strategy and financial planning. For regular readers, … Continue reading

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GTA Steals $1 Billion In First Three Days Of Release

GTA hits the competition and runs with a cool billion in its first three days of release. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced that the release of Grand Theft Auto V achieved first day retail sales of $800 million and worldwide … Continue reading

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Want To Know The Details In The Facebook/Zynga Developer Addendum?

Tough. The SEC granted an extension of the confidential period. In May 2010, Facebook and Zynga entered into a developer agreement that, among other things, permitted Facebook to post ads on Zynga game pages, implemented Facebook Credits on Zynga games … Continue reading

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Zynga Cuts Losses After Flirtation With Gambling.

It turns out that gambling is illegal and the government is not too keen on online gambling. It is unfortunate, as I was quite curious to see how that strategy would’ve looked in practice.  As of this writing, shares have … Continue reading

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How Much Is It Worth To Hire Someone To Save Your Company, Zynga Edition

About $0.15/share for a company trading at $3.30 (as of this writing). So, Mark Pincus is out and Don Mattrick is in as Zynga CEO.  So, how much is it worth to try to revive the once high-flying company? Here … Continue reading

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Why Company Behind Candy Crush Saga May Be Considering An IPO

Cross-posted at My Gamasutra Blog. Midasplayer International, also known as ‘King,’ may be preparing an IPO, which may be prompted by their long-time investors. The company behind Candy Crush Saga is reportedly considering an IPO.  According to reports, Midasplayer International … Continue reading

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Another Mafia Wars* Victim – Pincus Out as Zynga Chief

He stays on as Chairman and Chief Product Officer. Reports are that Mark Pincus, CEO and founder of Zynga, is stepping aside as CEO.  He will remain as Chairman and Chief Product Officer. Don Mattrick, who previously headed up Microsoft’s … Continue reading

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Facebook and Zynga Began to Float Apart, Like Planets After the Big IPO Bang. Facebook Gambles But Giving Zynga Some Freedom But Retaining Key Potential Income Source.

Zynga and Facebook both made filings regarding their developer agreement. Neither filed the agreement, but Zynga provided a more detailed look. Facebook treated it as an afterthought. Much of the agreement shows Facebook cutting Zynga loose a bit.  For example, … Continue reading

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