Social games news roundup: Zynga, Actua Sports and myVEGAS

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 2.09.28 PMZynga will present at Goldman Sachs tech conference: Zynga today announced CFO Mark Vranesh and COO David Ko are going to present at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. PST. A live audio webcast will stream to Zynga’s investor site.

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 2.24.53 PMActua Sports (hopefully) resurrected for Facebook: Long dormant franchise Actual Sports is being brought back for a new generation of players and platforms, starting with Facebook. Ian Stewart, creator of Actua, is using Kickstarter to fund this resurrection and is hoping to raise £30,000 so he can developer and release Actua Poker for Facebook first and other platforms to follow.

myVegasmyVEGAS gets Jules Verne update: Playsino’s social casino/citybuilder just launched a new slot game, “Around the World in 80 Plays”. The game is inspired by Jules Verne’s classic novel, Around the World in 80 Days, and is myVEGAS’s 8th game.  myVEGAS is allowing players to collect online clues over the next week and on Feb. 8 (Verne’s birthday) eight players will have a chance to win 1 million free chips in the game.

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 3.16.47 PMWhere’s My Water? gets in on the photo game: Disney Interactive’s mobile hit Where’s My Water launched its new “Photo Finish” feature this week. The new feature lets players record their level-beating strategies in the game and share the screenshot with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 2.09.28 PMFarmVille 2 spreads some love for Valentine’s Day: FarmVille 2 has rolled out its newest (“and dreamiest”) character, Gus. From now through Feb. 19, all FarmVille 2 players level 7 and up will be able to have Gus on the farm; while Gus helps out on the farm, players have to unite him with his crush while adding Valentine’s Day decorations to their property.

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 3.15.18 PMTito’s Shell comes to iOS [Launch]: Mobile developer 99Games launched its new physics puzzler, Tito’s Shell, this week. The game uses elements like weights, levers and ropes to help the titular turtle be reunited with his missing shell. Tito’s Shell is on the App Store for $0.99.

Screen Shot 2013-02-01 at 3.08.12 PMMagneto is the first playable villain in Avenger’s Alliance: The Master of Magnetism is now a playable character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. Players can unlock him as the reward for completing the game’s newest Special Operation, “Cry Havok” (incidentally, the X-Men Havok is the ultimate reward for finishing the Special Operation). New collectable rewards called Lockboxes are doled out; opening 10 at once guarantees a classic Marvel comic book cover, and players who turn in eight of those will earn Magneto as a character.

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