When King Digital Entertainment, the makers of the hugely-popular Candy Crush Saga, filed for an IPO last month, there was no shortage of speculation about the company’s sustainability. Even though the game maker racked up $1.88 billion in revenue last year (largely relying on Candy Crush Saga), there were some worrying signs already. Besides the troubling performances of other social-gaming companies like Zynga, King saw its revenue decline by about $20,000 between Q3 and Q4 of last year, while its profits declined by over $70,500 in the same time period.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota based Soul and Vibe Interactive has released its first game, Timeless Gems, on Facebook. The title combines match-three puzzle games with a board game, as players are taken to the lands of Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz to meet a cast of familiar heroes and villains.
Rebellion Entertainment launched Evil Genius Online on Facebook in December 2013, and since then, thousands of players have rushed to control their own underground lairs, taking control of an army of minions and completing quests in an attempt to take over the world. Over the past two weeks, the game has been featured in Facebook’s App Center, and Rebellion has made changes to improve its product.
Zynga announced the closure of its life simulation game YoVille in January 2014, triggering an instant reaction from players, who begged Zynga to reconsider its decision. When closure announcements are made, they’re traditionally final. However, Zynga has listened to its fans, and has reversed its decision to close the game on March 31, as was originally planned.
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Xi-Art’s Take the Cake is growing fast, as thousands of players have raced to try the new match-three game on Facebook. Take the Cake follows a young girl named Julie, as she enters the Magic Forest to find her lost cat. In each level, players are challenged to complete specific goals, like earning a set number of points or clearing pastries of a single color from the board.
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