SWTOR Draws 1M Players


DEC. 26, 2011 • During it first week in release, Star Wars: The Old Republic attracted more than 1 million players worldwide. Electronic Arts, the MMO's publisher, needs the game to be highly successful to recoup its investment. The Old Republic is oft accused of being the most expensive computer game ever made. If true, ...Continue Reading

Investors Cool to Zynga IPO

Zynga Pooch-L

DEC. 16, 2011 • Zynga Inc. got less a less enthusiastic investor response to its intial public offer than hoped. Debuting at $10, the stock closed its first day of trading at $9.50. A high-profile technology IPO is usually expected to provide substantial early appreciation in stock value for early investors. Impact: Opinion around whether Zynga ...Continue Reading

Kindle Sales Top 1M A Week


DEC. 15, 2011 • In the weeks leading into Christmas, Amazon.com announced that it was selling more than 1 million Kindle devices a week worldwide. The online retailer would not say how many of those units sold were the new Fire model. Amazon had never previously announced any sales numbers for its e-reader devices. Impact: The ...Continue Reading

Aion Goes F2P


DEC. 14, 2011 • NCsoft's Aion MMO will become a free-to-play service in Europe during the first quarter of 2012. GameForge partnered with the Korean-based publisher to oversee the adaptation and manage Aion in Europe moving forward. The shift away from a subscription model for the title is only planned for the European market at ...Continue Reading

MW3 Generates $1 Billion


DEC. 12, 2011 ● In the 16 days following its November 8 release, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 generated $1 billion in revenue worldwide for Activision Blizzard. The previous entertainment record holder was the movie Avatar, which surpassed $1 billion in 17 days during 2009. Impact: First-person shooters have now become an annual sport along the lines ...Continue Reading

Funzio Grabs the Spotlight

Funzio VP of product development Jamil Moledina.

DEC. 7, 2011 • Amongst the slew of new start-ups in the social network and mobile game space during 2011, Funzio stood out for several reasons. First, there was the $20 million in funding through IDG Ventures in the U.S. and IDG Capital Partners in China. Next, came the hiring away of Jamil Moledina from ...Continue Reading