Social Gaming Roundup: Japan, Spil Games, Disney, & More
Social Developers Aide Japan — With the devastating earthquake, subsequent tsunami in Japan, many social developers are doing what they can. To start, Zynga has partnered with Save the Children for its Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children Emergency Fund and has donated $1 million through virtual goods purchases from FarmVille, CityVille, and FrontierVille. The totals were reached in 36 hours.
Playfish is also donating through EA Sports FIFA Superstars. Working through Mercy Corps, who are working with their longstanding partner, Peace Winds Japan, the company is donating 100% of all direct donations or revenue from virtual goods purchases — “Japan Elite Transfers” — in game. The donations are featured on the Mercy Corps page and will go to balloon shelters, emergency tents, water, food, and blankets.
Gaia Online and virtual world WeeWorld are also helping out, selling virtual goods in their titles, says EngageDigital. Thus far, Gaia Online has donated $45,000. Both companies are donating to the Red Cross.
We Rule Reaches New Milestones — According to VentureBeat, Ngmoco’s social-mobile title We Rule has reached a number of new milestones this week. Amongst them are over 13 million downloads, and over 3 billion minutes played.
Classic Game Show Comes to Facebook — The popular 1960s game show, The Dating Game has come to Facebook and other social networks this week. The new title is the latest creation from developer 3G Studios.
Spil Games Exceeds 130 Unique Monthly Users Worldwide — Spil Games has stated that it is now the largest social game platform in the world. The company has noted that its traffic now exceeds 130 million unique monthly visitors.
Disney Interactive Lays Off More Employees — Disney Interactive Media Group has laid off another round of employees following a review from former PlaydomCEO, John Pleasants, says paidContent. Approximately 80 more employees (2 percent), focused on online media, have been laid off.
MinoMonsters Marks 1st Release from Youngest Y Combinator Founders — Josh Buckley, at 18, and Tyler Diaz, at 17, have launched their first social title, MinoMonsters this week. The two are the youngest pair within Y Combinator.
Myspace ID Off-Site Login Gets Simplified — MySpace is looking to simplify its off-site logins for developers using Myspace ID. The company is rolling out OAuth 2.0 support while phasing out OpenID login. OpenID will continue to function normally for a period of time, while developers transition over to OAuth.