Social Gaming Roundup: Hackers, Dragons, Revenue, & More
EA Digital Revenue Grows — While Electronic Arts revenue was down for Q3 of last year, VentureBeat notes that revenue grew 47%, to $195 million and is expected to reach $750 million for the fiscal year.
BioWare to Bring Dragon Age to Facebook — EA and BioWare are bringing Dragon Age to Facebook. Dubbed Dragon Age Legends, the game is noted to be a 2D companion title for Dragon Age II, with which players will be able to earn special items for the console counterpart. Currently the game is in closed beta, but the console title is slated for release on March 11th.
MySpace Up for Sale Soon — Continued rumors that MySpace is going to be up for sale soon, this time from paidContent.org. News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey said earlier this week that a “plan to allow MySpace to reach its full potential may be best achieved under a new owner.”
Hacker Steals $12 Million in Virtual Zynga Poker Chips — According to thisisSouthDevon.com, a British man has been convicted of stealing $12 million in virtual Zynga Poker chips. Ashley Mitchell admitted to stealing 400 billion chips withthe total value being worth around £184,000. He is noted to have sold £53,000 worth.
Zynga Files Complaints Against ZyngaGiftCards.com and ZyngaWorld.com — According to a post from Fusible, Zynga has filed two domain name complaints against both zyngagiftcards.com and zyngaworld.com with the World Intellectual Property Organization. In the past, the social game developer has had Zynga-oriented domain names transferred back to them through the use of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.
Meez Launches Cross-Platform on Mobile — Social entertainment and gaming platform Meez has announced that its virtual community is now available both Android and iOS devices (called MeezNation for both clients). Meez has also stated that it has plans to expand to other platforms such as Xbox Live in the future.
Rixty Announces New Partners — Alternative payment company Rixty has announced new partners this week including MOL Money Online, Ankama Games, NGames/Game321, Snail Games, and Cherry Credits. Additionally, Rixty announced that its holiday revenue for 2010 tripled in comparison to holiday revenue in 2009.
Zynga Brings Words With Friends to Android — Earlier this week, Zynga announced that the popular iOS title Words With Friends is coming to Android. Words With Friends is the popular word game developed by the Zynga-acquired Newtoy.
Quepasa Acquires XtFt — Latin social network Quepasa has acquired the Brazilian developer XtFt Games, says EngageDigital. The total cost is noted at $4 million. The consideration is also noted to include $3.7 million in Quepasa common stock and a brokerage fee of $300,00o.
Zynga Moves in China — In an interesting interview between Andy Tian, co-founder of the Zynga acquired XPD Media, and Gamasutra, Tian extensively discusses the development and expansion of social games in China.