All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Facebook games’

Facebook Game Ads Now Allow For Virtual Goods Purchases From The News Feed

Facebook announced an update to its desktop app ads, enabling game developers to sell virtual goods directly from News Feed and right-hand column ads. “A developer with a desktop game on Facebook can now promote the sale of a virtual good, such as an extra booster pack, and gamers can purchase the virtual good directly from the ad and start …

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Candy Crush Saga Publisher Preparing For IPO

In the two months since its release on Facebook, Candy Crush Saga has quickly become the most-played game on the social network. With tens of millions of users, the game is raking in money through micro-transactions on Facebook and mobile platforms. Now, Midasplayer International Holding, the game’s publisher, is looking to take its success public with an IPO. The Wall …

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New Facebook Games Section For Timeline Goes Live

At GDC yesterday, Facebook unveiled the Games Developer Center. The hub promises to contain all the information a game developer needs to make games for Facebook or Facebook integrated games for mobile devices. That wasn’t the only announcement, however, as Facebook is also bringing games to the newly redesigned timeline. Facebook announced that it will begin rolling out the new …

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The Walking Dead Social Game Gets Otis And Other Characters

AMC announced today that it has added some new characters to its Facebook game, The Walking Dead Social Game. In a post on the network’s blog, AMC says: Ever wish you could’ve hung out with Otis before Shane used him as walker bait? Now you can in The Walking Dead Social Game. In the “Help Otis” Story Mission, you get …

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The Walking Dead Facebook Game Available In More Countries

Last summer, AMC launched The Walking Dead Social Game, a Facebook game based on the popular television series. Today, the network took the time to make sure everyone knows you don’t have to be in the U.S. to play it. In a blog post, AMC says: Think walkers are only in the United States? Think again! Zombies are taking over …

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Bingo Blitz Proves It’s Easy To Port Flash Applications To Mobile

Adobe made some controversial decisions regarding Flash last year. The company ceased development of Flash for Android, and instead made Adobe AIR the de facto development platform for mobile devices. Some developers may have resented that choice, but Adobe is here today to tell you that it’s not that bad. In a case study published on Thursday, Adobe looks to …

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Angry Birds Star Wars Released For Facebook

Rovio announced today that its popular Angry Birds Star Wars game has been released as a Facebook app. The new app has been “upgraded” to take advantage of Facebook’s social networking capabilities. The game now features social leaderboards, tournaments, and new power-ups. “It’s all the fun of Angry Birds Star Wars taken to the next level,” said Petri Järvilehto, executive …

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Zynga Shutting Down Mafia Wars 2 On December 30

It’s common knowledge that Zynga isn’t doing so hot anymore. The company has already laid off over 100 employees in an attempt to cut costs, but now the social games maker is shutting down entire games that aren’t performing to its expectations. Zynga sent out an email to Mafia Wars 2 players that the game would be shutting down on …

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Game Developers Met With Zuckerberg To Discuss The Future Of Facebook Gaming

Facebook gaming, and social gaming in general, is not the revenue behemoth it used to be. Most players are now moving to mobile, and that’s a problem that Facebook has to overcome. The social network recently invited some big names in social gaming out for dinner to toss around some ideas, and one is a potential winner. All Things D …

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The Walking Dead Facebook Game Gets New Chapter, Features

In August, AMC launched a Walking Dead Facebook game in beta. The beta status still applies, but now, a new chapter and some new features have been added. These include fullscreen mode and improved weapons. “Chapter 2 lets fans battle walkers and fight for survival in downtown Atlanta alongside Glenn, Daryl and more characters from the show,” explains AMC in …

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Facebook Talks Game Development At GDC Europe

Facebook is getting more and more involved with the games industry. They have one of the biggest gaming platforms on the Web and they need to enlist new talent if they are to survive. That’s why the social network attends all the major game developer conferences and meets up with indie developers who want to push their product on Facebook. …

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FarmVille 2 Now A Reality

Zynga as launched FarmVille 2, the sequel to one of the titles that helped make the company a household name. “FarmVille 2 is now live!” Zynga said in a status update. “Grow and harvest beautiful crops, raise adorable animals, and craft delicious treats while you customize your very own lifelike farm. It’s time to grow wild!” Comments on the Facebook …

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Facebook Updates Their Games Policy

Facebook hasn’t been super busy in the world of development this past week. We can only hope that their hard at work improving the Android app. That being said, the social network does have a few big changes coming your way in the weekly Operation Developer Love update. Facebook announced a policy change for games that went live yesterday. The …

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Facebook Gaming Gets A Boost From App Center

Zynga used to be king of the Facebook game. All of their games performed extremely well and it looked like they were going to remain on top. Things rarely ever stay the same, however, and Zynga learned that lesson the hard way. The company is now struggling to retain employees after missing out on the first wave in mobile gaming …

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Kill Some Walkers On Facebook With This New Walking Dead Game

AMC, by partnering with Eyes Wide Games and RockYou, has released a new Walking Dead social game for Facebook ahead of the show’s third season, which starts in October. Here’s the trailer for the game: The social game lets you complete missions, meet characters from the show, and recruit your Facebook friends to “defend your camp from walkers.” If your …

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Zynga Desperately Tries To Keep Employees After Stock Crash

Things are not looking good for Zynga. Their stocks crashed, COO John Schappert left and they’re being investigated for insider trading. After all this, employees would obviously want out. The company is going to keep them the only way they know how – throwing money at them. Bloomberg is reporting that Zynga is now handing out equity grants to all …

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Facebook Games Can Now Take Your Money At A Monthly Rate

Sometime ago, Facebook announced that they would be playing around with the idea of in-app subscriptions. It’s an easy way to receive continued sales from players who would rather pay a set amount per month instead of shilling a few dollars every week in their favorite games. The subscriptions beta was apparently successful as the option is now available to …

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Amazon Goes From Game Retailer To Game Developer

Amazon has been doing a lot lately to position themselves as one of the major players in the gaming market. The retailer seems to have a hand in everything these days from traditional sales to free-to-play digital games. They never had a hand in actual game development, but a retailer wouldn’t make games, right? My assumption was wrong as Amazon …

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New Facebook Study Reveals Motivation Behind Facebook Visits

Published this month in the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, a new Facebook study suggests personality type determines how much time you spend on the social networking site and how often you visit. At the root of the study, its authors hoped to uncover the reasons why so many users flock to the site and spend time there, or …

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Zynga Digs Deep For Its Next Facebook Game

Despite a sluggish stock, Zynga is still toiling away on new games hoping to catch their next big break. They pushed Zynga Slots to mobile last week which will probably do really well. Their next Facebook game, however, is a little more uncertain. The next Facebook game from Zynga is called Ruby Blast. It’s a match-three puzzler with a twist. …

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Facebook Games Can Still Have Success Stories

There’s been a lot of doom and gloom lately about Facebook games. Zynga’s stocks plummeted after a report saw that players were moving from Facebook to mobile. Facebook is having none of it, however, as they highlight a success story for a game that is completely immersed in Facebook. The game in question is Candy Crush Saga. As the name …

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Facebook Brings Gaming To The News Feed

Facebook just announced that it’s launching the ability for people to play games directly in the news feed. “With feed gaming, you can include a short sample of your game in the stories people share from your game that friends can play in line with just a click,” says Facebook’s Gareth Morris in a post on the Facebook Developers Blog. …

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Facebook IPO: Which Apps Are On Top?

Hey, did you hear? Facebook launched its IPO today. It’s pretty big news. What’s that? You’re too busy playing Facebook games to care? You should care because the IPO will most assuredly have an effect on the Facebook app ecosystem that you love so much. Putting aside the whole app-IPO relationship thing for another time, let’s look at the top …

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Jesus Makes His Way to Video Games Just in Time for Diablo 3

For the first time, Jesus has made his video game world debut to combat the satanic influence of Diablo 3. And judging by the quality of “Journey of Jesus” verses Diablo, Satan is much more popular. This is not to say that both Jesus and Diablo don’t have their place. Personally I’m rooting for both of them. It just seems …

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Facebook And Zynga Might Be Getting A Little Too Close

Playing favorites is one of those things that just doesn’t sit well with me. It’s unfair to everybody else and the person being pandered to usually ends up with an inflated ego that’s going to pop sooner than later. All of this is to say that Facebook is the one playing favorites while Zynga’s head is slowly inflating. That’s at …

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Angry Birds Now Embedable Through Facebook

Angry Birds aficionados can now challenge their friends anywhere on the web by embedding a level from the Angry Birds Facebook app. Pocket-lint writer Stuart Miles spotted this feature today, which allows a player to embed a single level on any webpage after they have finished it. The embed contains the user’s high score for the level, allowing players to …

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Facebook Sued Over Kids’ Use Of Game Currency

Yesterday we brought you a story about a suit against Apple concerning the ability of children to run up huge bills without their parents’ knowledge using the in-app purchase model present in many iOS apps. The suit was originally filed in 2011, and the judge in the case ruled yeseterday that it could proceed to court, despite Apple’s objections. Now …

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Diamond Dash Mobile Gets Open Graph Right

Just like Operation Developer Love, every week Facebook selects a developer to spotlight their creative uses of the Facebook platform. It may primarily serve as promotion for Facebook and the developer, but it also offers some great tips for developers who want to figure out the best practices when it comes to Facebook development. Most of these developer spotlights, however, …

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HTML5 Game Development Tips From Gamzee

If Mozilla and Google are to be believed, HTML5 is the future of game development on the Web. While I still think that Flash is here to stay for at least a few more years, the arguments for HTML5 are getting harder to deflect. Gamzee, a new Facebook games developer, has made one of the best cases for HTML5 development …

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Hunger Games Console Games Might Become a Reality

With The Huger Games being a runaway success at the box office, it is only a matter of time before the new franchise makes its way into every type of entertainment media possible. When The Hunger Games movie was released in theaters, Lionsgate had already licensed two video games that were released alongside it. One is a side-scrolling 2D platformer …

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