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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Zynga’

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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Words With Friends Loses 2 Million Players

AppData, the company that monitors mobile apps for trends and provides metrics, is showing a huge decline in the number of people playing Words With Friends, the popular Scrabble-like board game app. Though the app started the month of April with more than 20 million monthly users, it now boasts only 18.3 million users – a drop of nearly 2 …

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Draw Something Sells, Drops 5 Million Users

The makers of the popular app Draw Something–OMGPOP–may have made the best deal of their careers recently when they sold the game to Zynga for a tidy sum right before millions of users dropped it. Zynga picked up the app for $200 million, which may have seemed like a deal to them before 5 million people suddenly stopped playing, leaving …

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Draw Something Wants You to Illustrate Their Product Placement

My addiction to OMGPOP’s “Draw Something” burned out pretty quick. For about two whole weeks, I was pretty obsessed with the game, but the word repetition and game-crashing bugs were enough for me to abandon the app pretty quickly. I briefly considered jumping back in when they added new celebrity names to the mix, though my good intentions were derailed …

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Zynga First Quarter 2012 Financial Report

The Zynga first quarter 2012 financial report is in and things are looking really good. Up 15% from Q1 last year, their highest ever bookings at $329 million. Now that’s impressive. Revenue is up 32% year-over-year to $321 million. Adjusted EBITDA is down 23% from the same time last year to $87 million and EPS come in at $0.06 (non-GAAP) …

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Zynga’s ZombieSmash! Allows Players to Crush the Undead

There are tons of zombie games currently cluttering the video game market, yet I continue to purchase and play them regardless of how much I complain about the fact that there are tons of zombie games currently cluttering the video game market. If you’ve been wondering who keeps dropping cold, hard cash for these silly little time-wasters, feel free to …

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Facebook’s 30 Percent Revenue Share May Soon Not Apply To All Apps

It’s pretty much common knowledge now that Facebook gets a 30 percent cut whenever somebody buys Facebook credits to spend on in-game purchases. It’s the leading reason behind Facebook’s continued dependence on Zynga and other game developers who make up more than 10 percent of their revenue with Zynga making up 12 percent all by themselves. Facebook does have more …

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Zynga to Spend Billions to Acquire Competitors

Unless you’ve been living off the social networking grid, chances are you’ve heard of Zynga. I personally know several individuals who have spent vast amounts of their precious free time on such highly-addictive titles as “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars”, among others. Just recently, Zynga dropped a substantial amount of money to acquire OMGPOP, the company responsible for crafting the popular …

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Zynga Planting Seeds for Farmville 2

For some individuals, Farmville addiction is a serious matter. I’ve seen several people spend countless hours tending to every minute detail of their colorful virtual farms, going as far as to schedule real-life events around when their pixelated crops were expected to bloom. Some hardcore players have somehow managed to put their farming days behind them, though I’ve a feeling …

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King.com Puts Zynga Games On Notice

European video game start-up King.com has passed Electronic Arts (EA) for overall daily users on Facebook for the first time. The nine-year old company has experienced an explosion in popularity since launching on Facebook a little over a year ago with its saga games. Bubble Witch Saga, King.com’s top Facebook game, now has more daily players than Zynga’s hit game …

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OMGPOP CEO Helps Laid-Off Employees Cash in on ‘Draw Something’

Just a few months ago, “Draw Something” developer OMGPOP was about to tank, soon before Zynga stepped in to acquire the startup for roughly $210 million. At this time, OMGPOP’s Facebook games weren’t doing well, and CEO Dan Porter was forced to lay off a bunch of the company’s flash developers. Soon after, OMGPOP launched “Draw Something,” which quickly became …

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Draw Something Downloaded 50 Million Times in 50 Days

We’ve already reported on the huge success that is Draw Something. That success, however, has now become record-breaking and, quite frankly, unbelievable. VentureBeat is reporting that Draw Something has been downloaded more than 50 Million times from Apple’s App Store. The game has been out less than two months, a little over 50 days to be exact. This makes Draw …

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