December 3, 2010 |
Showing it is focused on conquering mobile the way it has the personal computer, Zynga Game Network Inc., the biggest maker of games on Facebook Inc. including FarmVille, said Thursday it had bought Texas mobile-game company Newtoy Inc. Newtoy makes such popular games as Words With Friends on the iPhone, a Scrabble-like game. Zynga, a San Francisco social-gaming juggernaut, launched FarmVille on the iPhone five months ago. Since then, the game has been downloaded more than 7 million times.
August 7, 2010 |
Google Inc. made another play for the social networking space Friday with its acquisition of Slide Inc., which makes games, applications and widgets for websites such as Facebook and MySpace. The San Francisco developer makes free apps that Facebook users can install on their profiles in order to play simple games with friends or to arrange photo slide shows. Slide's SuperPoke application and its animal-centric variations, for example, are a family of popular social games with which players can virtually hug friends or raise a pet pig. A feature similar to Slide's Top Friends was eventually implemented by Facebook into every profile, allowing users to rank online buddies.
February 13, 2010 |
If anyone tells you to be realistic about your possibilities on Valentine's Day, simply reply, "Who needs reality?" Online, communities of virtual romantics are already exchanging all manner of digital bouquets, chocolates, teddy bears and love notes at a speed that could never be equaled in old-fashioned real life. In the world of FarmVille, the popular Facebook game in which users cultivate crops in an effort to build agricultural empires, love-struck users have plowed under their corn and soybeans to plant vast expanses of virtual roses.
July 20, 2010 |
Yahoo Inc. reported sales on Tuesday that missed analysts' estimates as marketers devoted online advertising spending to rival search websites. Excluding revenue passed on to partner sites, Yahoo had sales of $1.13 billion, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company said. That compares with the average estimate of $1.16 billion among analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Yahoo is grappling with competition from companies such as Google Inc. and Facebook Inc., which have benefited from gains in market share and user growth.
July 26, 2010 |
Walt Disney Co. is looking to become Hollywood's biggest player in the fastest-growing segment of the video game business. The Burbank media giant is in talks to acquire Playdom Inc., one of the largest makers of online "social" games, in which people play games together on social networks such as Facebook, according to people familiar with the situation. The main sticking point is price: Negotiators for Disney and privately-owned Playdom, the people said, have discussed amounts ranging from $400 million to $750 million.
March 28, 2010 |
The 700 people lucky enough to work for online social-games maker Zynga Game Network Inc. feast on exotic gourmet grub prepared by professional chefs. They soothe stress with a visit to the company masseuse or reflexologist. And they take a break to get their hair cut. All for free. If singled out for a quarterly award, an employee can win a weekend spin in a $200,000 Lamborghini or a carload of vested stock. No perk is too small. Administrative assistants are even dispatched to engineers' homes to wait for the cable guy so engineers can stay laser-focused on developing the next hit game.