Social games news roundup: Double Down Casino, Kixeye’s War Commander and FiveOneNine Games
Facebook highlights War Commander — Facebook highlighted Kixeye’s War Commander on its developer blog for being one of the top rated apps in the App Center. War Commander currently has 390,000 daily active users who on average play 38 minute sessions. Since implementing the World Map feature, which lets players explore and control territory, the game has seen a 66 percent increase in daily active users.
IGT’s acquistion of Double Down Casino starts to pay off – Slot machine company International Game Technology (IGT) announced its quarterly revenues through June 2012 increased by nine percent. It credits the increase in part to what social gaming customers spent on the company’s game Double Down Casino. IGT acquired Double Down Interactive in January 2012 for $500 million.
Cie Games partners with automotive listing publication Proto Corporation – Game developer Cie Games and Japanese automotive-related consumer and industry resource Proto Corporation are partnering to publish Car Town in Asia. The partnership will help Cie Games cement their presence in Asia and enable Proto to leverage the game as a powerful media platform.
FiveOneNineGames Launches Publishing Program – The program will partner the the company with various developers to bring new social games to FiveOneNine’s audience. FiveOneNine says it will give developers a high level of transparency, the support of its various resources and that it will have a rigorous selection process, choosing only the best of the best.