Social games news roundup: Disney’s planning 10 social games, Epic forms a new mobile studio and Solitaire Blitz goes PvP
Disney planning to launch 10 Facebook games this year — During Disney’s earnings call this week, CEO Bob Iger was asked about the company’s plans for social games. Iger said, “we still believe in that business but our investment is relatively modest in the space. I think we will launch about 10 games this year, a lot of them are based on Disney-owned (intellectual property).”
Epic Games forms new studio to work on new Infinity Blade title — Gears of War developer Epic Games created a new division — Impossible Studios — this week to work on Infinity Blade: Dungeons for iOS. Impossible is made up of several former staffers of Big Huge games and defunct developer 38 studios (which made headlines when it went bankrupt this summer).
Solitaire Blitz gets PvP mode — PopCap’s Solitaire Blitz just got a little less solitary with its new duel mode. Duels allows players to play against up to 50 friends on the exact same board with the same card layout, with the game tracking and comparing users’ results.
Tween girl game market sees growth spurt — A new study from Newzoo and Spil Games revealed the tween girl market (with users between the ages of 8 to 12) is increasing dramatically. Highlights include there are 9.3 million monthly active users playing casual games, 84 percent of these users play games on tablets and they tend to prefer quizzes/tests, cooking and makeover/dress up games.
The Lorax comes to Draw Something and Words With Friends — Zynga is continuing to bring in movie content to its games, this week with The Lorax, which came out on DVD this week. Both Draw Something and Words With Friends will have exclusive content themed to the movie and also provide players with the opportunity to donate Dr. Seuss books to schools of their choice.
Top Gear pulls into Car Town — The BBC’s popular show Top Gear is now a part of Cie Games’s Facebook game Car Town. Players will be able to visit a Top Gear location in the game and see a number of cars features in the show over the years.