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June 13, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Activision Blizzard Inc. is jumping into the fast-growing mobile market by offering itself as a partner to independent game developers. The Santa Monica company best known for focusing on a small number of lucrative franchises such as "Call of Duty" and "World of Warcraft" has traditionally been more conservative than competitors such as Electronic Arts Inc. about making games for smartphones. Though revenue from games on devices including the iPhone has grown fast, it's still small compared to traditional consoles.
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April 23, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Zynga's Mark Pincus will no longer be involved with the day-to-day operations at the company he co-founded seven years ago. The announcement came Wednesday morning along with the company's results for the first quarter . Pincus led Zynga to fame and Facebook success years ago with the release of numerous social games that gained wide followings, including "FarmVille," "Words With Friends," "CityVille" and several others.  But in...
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March 22, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Zynga Inc., eager to fast-track its presence in mobile games, has snatched up Omgpop, the New York-based developer of Draw Something and more than 35 other titles. The companies did not disclose the purchase price when the deal was announced Wednesday, but VentureBeat reported this week that Zynga and Japanese mobile company Gree were both considering buying Omgpop for about $200 million. Although Omgpop has been around since 2006, it wasn't until it released Draw Something six weeks ago that the company vaulted into prominence.
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April 1, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Mobile games developer Industrial Toys has raised $5 million in a round of funding led by Accel Partners. As part of the financing, the Pasadena company is also announcing the launch of its first title, "Midnight Star," which will be available this summer in beta. Industrial Toys is an independent studio that designs mobile games for serious gamers. It was founded by Alex Seropian, who also founded Bungie Studios, the team behind the hit "Halo" franchise. "We're huge fans of mobile gaming, but we think there aren't enough great mobile games for core gamers and we're committed to changing that," the company says on its website . "We'll be mobile to the core, with games that let you have an immersive session at home that blows your mind apart as well as a 30-second experience that still moves you forward while you're waiting for the bus. " PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8)
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February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Flappy Bird is incredibly simple, incredibly frustrating and incredibly addictive to play. And it's raking in an incredible $50,000 in revenue daily. Created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird has been one of the most popular games and apps for both the iPhone and Android devices over the last month. The game is free to download and only requires that users tap the screen to play. The main character is a round, yellow bird who must avoid hitting green pipes as it flies.
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September 6, 2012 | By Alex Pham
The total number of people playing video games in the U.S. declined 5% this year despite a dramatic surge in the popularity of games on smartphones and tablets. In an annual survey conducted in March by the NPD Group, the U.S. had 211.5 million gamers, down from about 223 million in 2011. The hardest hit category was players of family or children's games, NPD analyst Anita Frazier said. That was followed by declines in the number of people who played "hard-core" games such as the "Call of Duty" franchise.
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November 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the trip to Jiffy Lube. The Skinny: It was on this day in 1985 that Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's career came to an end in a Monday Night Football game against the Giants. We lost Theismann, but won the game. Enough Redskins history, Monday's headlines include the box office report and a look at Disney's problems with mobile games. Daily Dose: During the halftime show of Sunday night's Chiefs-Broncos game, lead anchor Dan Patrick actually gave an introduction to a Toyota Camry commercial.
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March 20, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Dialing into the fast-growing market for mobile games, a San Francisco-based start-up is poised to unveil a new service today that it hopes will make television viewers as hooked to their cellphones as they are to remote controls. AirPlay Network Inc. said it would introduce a lineup of cellphone games tied to live television broadcasts.
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March 4, 2005 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
If Yahoo Inc. has its way, that beeping in your pocket could be a phone call. Or an invitation to play backgammon. The Internet titan plans to announce today that it has acquired Stadeon Inc., whose technology lets users of Web-connected cellphones play games against opponents on other cellphones or seated at computers. The service is expected to be available through all major mobile networks this year. It is Yahoo's latest bid to extend its reach beyond the personal computer.
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August 10, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The summer doldrums hit July video game sales, which fell 20% from last year, according to a monthly survey by NPD Group. The game industry rang up just $548.4 million in U.S. retail sales last month, compared with $686.3 million a year earlier, the research group said Thursday. It was the eighth consecutive double-digit drop since November 2011, when game sales were flat compared with the prior year. The numbers indicate a continued trend of gamers flocking online instead of buying console and computer games that used to dominate the industry.
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February 11, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The large, crazed bunnies known as Rabbids -- spawned from the "Rayman" video game franchise and popularized in an animated TV series -- are headed to the big screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment and French game publisher Ubisoft announced Monday. The two studios are partnering to develop a feature film based on the characters. Jean-Julien Baronnet, executive director of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, said in a statement that Sony "has tremendous experience developing hybrid live-action-and-animated blockbusters for audiences around the world, which makes them a natural fit for what we want to achieve with a Rabbids film.
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February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Flappy Bird is incredibly simple, incredibly frustrating and incredibly addictive to play. And it's raking in an incredible $50,000 in revenue daily. Created by Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen, Flappy Bird has been one of the most popular games and apps for both the iPhone and Android devices over the last month. The game is free to download and only requires that users tap the screen to play. The main character is a round, yellow bird who must avoid hitting green pipes as it flies.
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December 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
There's a good chance you woke up with a new smartphone or tablet this Christmas morning, but as Microsoft can tell you, no one wants to use a device with no apps. If you've got a new gadget, you need to load it up with the best apps, that way the device can actually improve your life and not just bust your loved ones' wallets. Last year, 328 million apps were downloaded on Christmas , and this year, the number is expected to be even higher. So what apps should you download? Every user has different needs so no one has the same apps, but the apps below are must-have for most users.
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December 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Family Guy" fans will soon have another pastime that fits with Peter Griffin's preferred level of physical activity: a video game for mobile devices.  Fox Digital Entertainment, the mobile content division of 20th Century Fox, has teamed with San Francisco start-up TinyCo to put out the yet-unnamed game based on "Family Guy," the irreverent animated comedy. The game will launch early next year for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, the companies said Tuesday. TinyCo is working with the writers from Seth MacFarlane's Fuzzy Door Productions on the role-playing game in which players control the characters from the "Family Guy" hometown of Quahog, R.I., through various adventures.  RELATED: More games coverage by The Times   One of the important challenges, said Andrew N. Green, TinyCo's head of business development, is to make sure the humor of the show carries into the game.  "We want you to laugh your ass off," he said.
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November 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the trip to Jiffy Lube. The Skinny: It was on this day in 1985 that Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann's career came to an end in a Monday Night Football game against the Giants. We lost Theismann, but won the game. Enough Redskins history, Monday's headlines include the box office report and a look at Disney's problems with mobile games. Daily Dose: During the halftime show of Sunday night's Chiefs-Broncos game, lead anchor Dan Patrick actually gave an introduction to a Toyota Camry commercial.
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October 23, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
"Duck Dynasty" just got more dynastic. A&E's wildly popular reality series has spawned its own mobile game app called "Duck Dynasty: Battle of the Beards. " Now available in the App Store, the game enables fans to occupy the "redneck" universe of the rough-and-tumble Robertson family in the backwoods of Louisiana. The goal for players is to transform from a clean-shaven yuppie type into a duck-hunting man's man with a mega beard. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments In addition to duck hunting, the game allows players to "eat chilies, blow up beaver dams and compete in sets of rapid-fire micro-games that test players' reflexes and drop them feet first into the Louisiana backwoods.
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May 5, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
The video game disc may be getting the long goodbye. Electronic Arts Inc. chief executive John Riccitiello on Wednesday said the game publisher is shifting to focus more on digitally distributed games and de-emphasizing its investments in shrink-wrapped games sold at retail stores. "Today, we're announcing a big shift," Riccitiello said during the Redwood City, Calif., company's fourth quarter earnings call with analysts. "Over the coming years, we're transforming EA from a packaged goods company to a fully integrated digital entertainment company.
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October 13, 2010 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Japanese mobile Internet company DeNA Co., intent on establishing a broad mobile games business in the U.S., has bought iPhone game developer Ngmoco Inc. for $300 million in cash, plus an additional $100 million if the company meets undisclosed financial targets before the end of 2011. Ngmoco, founded two years ago by former Electronic Arts Inc. executive Neil Young, develops mobile games, mostly for Apple Inc.'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Its titles include We Rule, GodFinger and Flick Fishing.
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July 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Shares of social video game company Zynga Inc. fell more than 14% in after-hours trading after the company on Thursday gave revenue and earnings guidance that fell short of analysts' expectations.  The San Francisco company said revenue for the third quarter will be $175 million to $200 million. That's less than the $214.3 million analysts were expecting. Third-quarter net loss could be 2 cents a share to 5 cents a share, while analysts had expected a 2 cents-per-share loss.
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January 31, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Imangi Studios' "Temple Run 2" became the fastest mobile game to reach 50 million downloads Thursday, hitting the mark on the 13th day of its release. The game, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, beat the record set in April 2012 by "Angry Birds Space. " That game reached 50 million downloads in 35 days. “The game has performed beyond our wildest dreams, and we are thrilled that gamers and fans have embraced 'Temple Run 2' in such a short period of time,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios, in a statement . 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 In "Temple Run 2" players control a running character who has to jump, slide, turn, swing down a rope and drive a mine cart for as long as they can so they can get the highest score possible.
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