Social games news roundup: Call of Duty storms China, SongPop gets premium mobile version and Indian users get Facebook games
Call of Duty invading China with Tencent — Activision and Tencent are teaming up to bring an online version of Call of Duty to China. Call of Duty Online doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will monetize through the sale of virtual goods.
SongPop gets premium mobile treatment — FreshPlanet’s hit game SongPop is getting a new premium mobile version. Although SongPop’s already available on iOS, the premium version is ad-free, comes with the ability to “play with twice as many friends at once” and contains extended music clips.
Mango Games launching games for Indian users — Social game developer Mango Games is launching two new games for Facebook users in India. Details on the games, Rummy and Don, are vague, but they’re launching in July.
SimCity Social officially launches on Facebook — Less than two weeks after the open beta went live on Facebook, SimCity Social is now “officially” launched on the social network. You can read our review here.
Tom Hanks and Yahoo team up for new social animation series — Tom Hanks’s Playtone production company is working with Yahoo for a new animated series called Electric City that will have viewers exploring mysteries via social media and games on iOS and Android devices. Electric City launches July 17.
iGaming announces date for iGaming Meetup — iGaming Business announced its first “iGaming Meetup” will be July 17 in London. iGaming Meetups are conferences for social game developers, social media experts and investors.
No “clear-cut good and evil” in Game of Thrones Ascent — Jon Radoff of developer Disruptor Beam opened up to Strategy Informer about his company’s upcoming Facebook game, Game of Thrones Ascent. According to Radoff, there aren’t any “good or evil” forces for players to choose from, as such a mechanic wouldn’t work in the game’s universe.
Restaurant City getting fan-made successor — Fans of the defunct Restaurant City have decided to make a spiritual successor to the game, Restaurant World. The game already has an app page, blog, forums and almost 2,000 fans.