Social games news roundup: Kixeye fires its “bad egg” employees, Zynga shares plummet (again) and GREE brings more devs on board
Four fired from Kixeye following racism allegations — When a former Kixeye contractor wrote a blog post stating his former co-workers engaged in racist behavior went viral this week, CEO Will Harbin was quick to publicly respond, claiming he was looking into the allegations. In a personal follow-up post, Harbin wrote he interviewed members of the development team and discovered “examples of embarrassing behavior that I find inappropriate for KIXEYE … as a result, I immediately terminated the manager of the team in question and then three other employees who violated company standards as well.”
Zynga shares plummet following preliminary earnings report — After Zynga’s disappointing preliminary earnings report yesterday where the company downgraded its expected earnings for the year, the company’s shares dropped to their lowest point yet. At the close of trading today, the company’s stock was selling for $2.48 a share.
GREE partners with more North American developers — Mobile giant GREE today announced it formed partnerships with North Amercian indie developers Enders Fund, Fathom Interactive, Fifth Column and FreezeTag. GREE’s looking to expand on the success it’s recently been experiencing with independent studios, as Hothead Games’ Zombie Ace recently reached the No. 15 free game on the iTunes App Store.
Hothead Games transitioning from consoles to mobile — Speaking of Hothead Games, the indie developer behind Deathspank on PC and consoles, just launched their newest game Big Win Football on the Tapjoy platform. Hothead Games Director of Marketing Oliver Birch sat down for an official Q&A with Tapjoy, talking about the why it’s focusing on mobile titles instead of mainstream games.
Resident Evil 6 launches with its own social website — Resident Evil 6 hit store shelves this week and is reportedly selling like hotcakes. For the first time ever, though, players can visit ResidentEvil.net and socialize with other gamers, keep track of their in-game statistics and possibly win in-game items.
Playsino doubles down on social gaming, acquires more devs — This week, Playsino acquired social casino game developers Popover Games and Foghorn Games. Details of the acquisition weren’t made public.
Showtime give Dexter gets another Facebook game [Launch] — Showtime probably doesn’t want anyone to remember Dexter: Slice of Life is still around on Facebook, so it’s now launched a new game called Dexter’s Disciples. The title is a trivia game that will give fans the ability to compete over the new season and play weekly minigames after each episode.