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  • Blog Post: Rovio Releasing Game Based On The Croods Animated Film

    Rovio, creator of the famed mobile app Angry Birds, is teaming up with Dreamworks to develop a video game based on the upcoming animated film, The Croods. The game is going to be similar to the gameplay of Zynga’s Farmville where you must set traps to catch prehistoric animals -- basically a simulation... More
  • Blog Post: Animated FarmVille Series In The Works

    FarmVille, the addictive farming simulation game, is moving on to bigger pastures...on the small screen. Today it was announced that Brett Ratner, producer to TV series such as Prison Break and 21 , has signed on with Six Eleven Media to produce an animated series based off the social media game. Who... More
  • Blog Post: Bloomberg Names Zynga's Pincus To "Worst CEOs" List

    The respected business news organization has published its list of the worst CEOs of 2012, and Zynga's Marc Pincus makes the cut. This year has been a tough one for Cityville publisher Zynga, which has suffered plummeting stock prices, layoffs and cancellations of games, and accusations of insider... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Insiders Dumped 43 Million Shares Before Stock Crashed

    It's been a bad week for Zynga. It's stock took a dive earlier in the week, falling over 41 percent to a low of $2.99 (at the time of this writing, it is trading for $3.17 a share). But what's really notable is the fact that many large investors in the company -- including founder Marc Pincus... More
  • Blog Post: Raptr Data Shows Zynga Social Games Rivaling Core Games In Playtime

    Raptr, the social gaming network that tracks the gaming activity of over 10 million members, recently released a report on Zynga's Facebook social games, and the data is striking. It appears that social gaming is rivaling the core games market in terms of total playtime -- even if that playtime is... More
  • Blog Post: EA Beats Farmville For Minor Victory In Facebook Wars

    EA hasn't been shy about its push to dominate the social gaming space. It looks like all that effort is paying off, as they now have some impressive numbers to back them up. The L.A. Times reported yesterday that for the first time since its launch, The Sims Social (EA's Facebook spin-off of... More
  • Blog Post: This Lady Loves To Farm

    Pop diva Lady GaGa and Zynga are teaming up again, this time to promote her new album Born This Way on Farmville. The unlikely duo previously worked together to raise nearly $3 million for Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. This time, it's all about shameless self promotion!... More
  • Blog Post: Gameloft Defines Competition With Latest Clone

    "Competition: It means different things to different people." Thus begins the trailer for Gameloft's latest release, Green Farm. So what does competition mean to Gameloft? Spoiler: It involves taking other peoples' ideas and barely changing them. As you might have guessed from the image... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Asks Blingville To Cease And Desist

    Social game giant Zynga – responsible for popular Facebook titles Mafia Wars and FarmVille – is looking to keep the “ville” moniker to itself. Techdirt is reporting that Zynga has sent cease and desist letters to independent game studio Blingville for alleged trademark infringement... More
  • Blog Post: Japan Gets Its Own Version Of Farmville

    The Facebook game sensation that I totally don't understand, Farmville, has launched in Japan under a slightly different name and with some minor tweaks for the new locale. Inside Social Games has the full scoop on FarmVillage, which has launched on Japanese social network Mixi. Since that network... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Teams Up With American Express

    Credit card companies offer all manner of rewards for using their services. Now Amex is partnering with Zynga to offer points and exclusive items for use in games like FarmVille and Café World. Amex "Membership Rewards" available now include: Exclusive items: -FarmVille Purple Cow (540... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga CEO Says Company Is Not For Sale

    As Zynga prepares its latest Facebook game, CityVille, for release, people are wondering what the future holds for the developer. Google is a major investor in the company, having poured between $100-200 million into Zynga back in July. Some say a logical step for Google would be purchasing the FarmVille... More
  • Blog Post: Florida Mother Kills Child While Playing Farmville

    Alexandra V. Tobias, a 22-year-old mother from Jacksonville, Florida plead guilty to second-degree murder today, after shaking her baby to death while in the middle of a game of Farmville. Tobias was arrested back in January after the death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. Tobias told investigators... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Moving To Patent Virtual Currency?

    On the same day that Bloomberg reported that Zynga's estimated worth has trumped Electronic Arts' stock market value, web diggers have unearthed a patent filed by Zynga back in March that if granted would give the company nefarious domain over virtual currency. Virtual currency has existed in... More
  • Blog Post: Facebook Games Expose Users

    Some popular Facebook games like Farmville have been transmitting user's names – without the knowledge of developers, users, or Facebook – to third-party data mining firms. An investigation by The Wall Street Journal found that the names of up to tens of millions of Facebook users have... More
  • Blog Post: PopCap CEO Believes Zynga’s Focus Is Marketing, Not Gaming

    Commencing festivities at the WTIA TechNW forum this morning, PopCap CEO Dave Roberts argued that a focus on solid and engaging software will keep PopCap elevated above social games competitor Zynga because of one essential difference – Zynga’s focus is on marketing. “They are in some... More
  • Blog Post: Getting Into Zynga's Head

    Not since the bad old days of EA maniacally blowing up respected studios while twirling its (admittedly fabulous) moustaches has a game company been so polarizing. FarmVille developer Zynga has millions of gamers enthralled with its Facebook games and thousands of developers and gamers horrified at its... More
  • Blog Post: Ex-Staffer: “Zynga’s Motto Is ‘Do Evil.’”

    Zynga is royalty when it comes to social gaming, skyrocketing from an upstart to a powerhouse with the massive success of games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars. A former senior employee recounts to San Francisco paper SF Weekly, however, that not all is well in the casual kingdom. In fact, the anonymous... More
  • Blog Post: The New WoW Killer is...Facebook Games?

    With over 11.5 million subscribers, World of Warcraft is a juggernaut. How could other MMOs hope to de-throne WoW? According to PopCap Games' chief creative officer Jason Kapalka, they won't; the threat to Blizzard's dominance comes from games like Bejeweled Blitz and FarmVille. In an interview... More
  • Blog Post: 56 Million Americans Have Played Social Network Games

    Americans can't get enough of Farmville. According to the NPD Group , roughly 20 percent of the population has played a social network game like Zynga's hugely successful farm sim in the past three months. The most telling stat of the study? Nearly 35 percent of these users are new to interactive... More
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