January 31, 2013 |
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.
December 11, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Parents often hand over their smartphones and tablet computers to keep their kids entertained. But most parents are unaware the mobile apps and games that delight their kids are secretly collecting personal information they then share with marketers and other third parties. Now federal regulators are investigating whether mobile apps makers, in transmitting this data without parents' knowledge or consent, have violated laws that protect children's privacy. The Federal Trade Commission declined to name or say how many mobile apps makers it's probing.
November 13, 2012 |
Troubled social games giant Zynga lost one more senior executive on Tuesday and promoted four to replace its depleted ranks. David Wehner, chief financial officer of the San Francisco company behind "Farmville" and "Words With Friends," is leaving to take a senior finance job at Facebook, Zynga announced Tuesday. The move comes three months after Zynga's chief operating officer, John Schappert, exited and two months after the departure of chief marketing and revenue officer Jeff Karp.
October 8, 2012 |
"Angry Birds" will enter a galaxy far, far away with a new version of the game that combines the familiar feathered friends with well-known characters and settings from "Star Wars" "Angry Birds Star Wars" debuts Nov. 8, taking players from the deserts of Tatooine to the sphere of the Death Star. The forthcoming title, a result of a partnership between "Angry Birds" creator Rovio Entertainment and Lucasfilm, will depict "Angry Birds" characters as the heroes of the science fiction saga. "As a big 'Star Wars' fan myself, I'm really excited about this new universe," Peter Vesterbacka, chief marketing officer of Rovio, said in a statement.
September 6, 2012 |
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.
August 22, 2012 |
For the digitally obsessed youth of so-called Generation Z, what is the definition of a toy? That's the question that Rodger Raderman and Doug Penman set out to answer in 2009 when the two parents founded a company called Nukotoys in San Francisco. On Tuesday, they came up with their answer: A set of trading cards that works with a series of iPad games. Players tap the cards on an iPad or iPhone in order to unlock new content in the games. Nukotoys launched two games, "Animal Planet Wildlands" and "Monsterology.