social gaming

Telegram levels up its bot platform with competitive games that live inside chats

Messaging platform Telegram is powering up on the chatbot front, with the launch of what it dubs a "bot-powered gaming platform" -- in a bid to try to drive more engagement via addictive new features.

John McAfee’s first move as a new CEO is to rename the company after himself

Some exciting news from the John McAfee camp today: America's favorite (and most entertaining) cybersecurity expert has a new gig! MGT Capital Investments, a publicly traded company that owns and oper

Zynga Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down From Chief Product Officer Role

Along with the company's earnings release, Zynga announced that founder Marc Pincus would be stepping down from any operational duties and ceding his chief product officer title today. The company sai

What Games Are: The Marketing Squeeze

In case you didn't know, marketing games on mobile has become a big of a nightmare. In this article I talk about how this is part of a wider trend, a squeezing phase affecting many game makers in the

Gramble World, A Mobile Social Gaming & Charity-Giving Network, Raises $2M More To Close Out $5M Seed

Netherlands-based startup Gramble World, which operates a mobile social gaming and entertainment network which lets gamers nominate charities to receive a cut of their in-game payments and ad views, h

Zynga’s New CEO Don Mattrick Says It Won’t Be Quick Or Easy To Get The Company Back On Track

Don Mattrick, <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/07/01/zynga-officially-names-microsofts-don-mattrick-as-ceo-pincus-stays-on-as-cpo-and-board-chairman/">the new Zynga CEO announced</a> at the b

With $5M In Its Coffers, Game Publisher Pubgame Sets Its Sights On Southeast Asia

Taiwan-based Web and mobile game publisher <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pubgame.tw/">Pubgame</a> has raised a Series A round led by Shanghai-based venture capital firm <a target="_blank" href="

Scopely Boosts New Zealand Studio Rocket Jump’s Mini Golf Matchup To Over 10M Downloads In A Month

Game developer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.rocketjumpgames.com/">Rocket Jump</a> had already proved its mettle with the hit Major Mayhem. But the company's location in Wellington, New Zealand

Predictive Sports Game Startup PrePlay Raises $4.7M Series B To Build Out Its App Portfolio, Seize More Sports Fans’ Eyeballs

Predictive sports game startup PrePlay has closed a $4.7 million Series B round, led by Trilogy Equity Partners LLC. RSE Ventures, the VC fund founded by Miami Dolphins' owner Stephen Ross and Matt Hi

Newbie Social Gaming App WriteOn! Gets An Indiegogo Campaign To Raise Marketing Money

App developer golden fingers has taken to Indiegogo to raise cash for its first app: a social game called WriteOn!. The crowdfunding campaign is not to fund the creation of the app itself -- which is

The Facebook Gaming Ecosystem: A Cross-Sectional Study Of The Top-Rated Apps

<b>Editor's note: </b><em>Hassan Baig is an entrepreneur who runs White Rabbit Studios, a South Asian gaming startup he founded four years ago in Pakistan.</em> Services like AppData have been pr

What Games Are: The Fun Boson Does Not Exist

Perhaps the biggest roadblock facing the development of generation-two social games is the addiction to metrics. Social game makers still believe that fun is about finding the right behaviours, the ri

PopCap CTO & Veteran Adobe Exec Frits Habermann Joins Learning Platform Lynda.com To Help It Go Mobile, Global

Online video learning platform <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lynda.com/">Lynda.com</a> is making a big addition to its management team today, announcing that it has hired Frits Habermann as its

Conversations With Whales: The eRepublik 2012 Summit

Last weekend I attended the "eRepublik International Summit 2012" in Bucharest and had the opportunity to meet with many of the game's "whale" players. I saw what they cared about, how the game's deve

Location-Based Tour Guide App Stray Boots Raises $2M As It Looks To Expand Mobile Reach

Stray Boots, a New York-based startup that got its start delivering guided tour scavenger hunt games to tourists and city dwellers around the world via SMS, and which recently made the move to mobile

The Gameplay Is The Gameplay. Always.

Most of the talk around games tends to focus on climate. It's about finding the right customers, funding, platform, business model, partnerships, metric and discovery solutions, technology, route to m

The San Francisco Games Revolution Is Over

The Bay Area is the epicentre of a massive disruption which shook the games industry to its foundation. It erupted through what we call social and mobile games, drew huge audiences and changed the fun

Grantoo Nabs $1.7M, Steals EA Canada CTO To Help Students Pay Tuition By Playing Social Games

I don't always play social games, but when I do, I like them to help me pay for my education. If <a target="_blank" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Most_Interesting_Man_in_the_World">"The Most

Not Safe. Why Mobile Social Games Are Just As Vulnerable As Zynga

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <em>Tadhg Kelly is a game designer with 20 years experience.</em> Zynga's misery continues, yet mobile seems a little rosier. Games using broadly the same game design as

Electronic Arts Buys Online Gaming Studio ESN, The Developers Behind Battlefield’s Battlelog Online Social Network

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.ea.com">Electronic Arts</a> continues to beef up its cloud-based gaming offerings. Today it was announced that it is buying ESN, developers of the Planet web-based
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