Facebook & Zynga’s New Deal


Nov. 30, 2012 • In regulatory statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook Inc. and Zynga Inc. amended the terms binding content distribution and revenue giving both companies more freedom. Facebook now gains the opportunity to publish its own titles. In return, Zynga no longer must use Facebook as the primary distribution platform for ...Continue Reading

3DS XL Gets Karted


NOV. 28, 2012 • Less than a month before Dec. 25th Nintendo of America announced its holiday plans for 3DS XL. The system, which sports 90% more screen area than the 3DS, was originally released on Aug. 19.  With no change to the standalone $199 price the special edition 3DS XL bundle includes a copy ...Continue Reading

OpenFeint Servers to Close

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NOV. 19, 2012 • On Nov. 16 mobile developers began receiving notices from GREE that the latter was terminating servers of the cross-platform mobile social network OpenFeint on Dec. 14. GREE acquired OpenFeint in 2011 for $104 million. Previous to this announcement GREE had told developers of its intention to migrate all users to its ...Continue Reading

GameFly Digital Client Launches


Nov. 9, 2012 • Eleven months after the open beta inauguration of its PC digital content client, game rental retailer GameFly officially launched the service with a free download of 2K Games' Bioshock. The company entered the digital distribution business in August of 2011 with the acquisition of the Direct2Drive service from IGN. Using the ...Continue Reading

Aeria Embraces Mobile


NOV. 8, 2012 • There is a flood of free-to-play publishers making bold moves to carve out territory on mobile platforms. While it cannot be contested that consumers are completely enamored with their smartphones and tablets, there are mounting questions about how many games these consumers will actually pay for on their mobile devices, and ...Continue Reading