The Biggest Trends in Social Gaming Right Now

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Led by the growth of mobile devices, social gaming is one of the most engaging and popular activities across all screens. In fact, according to a report conducted by Newzoo, players around the globe spend one billion hours daily playing games. To put that into perspective, that’s more than five times the amount they spend on YouTube or Facebook.

Another report, this time from Flurry, an apps analytics and ad tools marketplace for developers, shares that the average U.S. consumer spends two hours and 42 minutes a day on mobile devices; 86 percent of that time is spent in apps and 14 percent is spent browsing the Web. Gaming commands roughly 32 percent of consumers’ app time.

Looking ahead, analysts are already predicting that mobile gaming will generate upwards of $100 billion in revenue by 2017. But just how is social and mobile gaming growing at such a swift pace? Below are a few of the biggest trends and tactics being utilized to keep players locked on, and engaged with their social games. (more…)

GoldFire Studios officially launches HTML5 casino game CasinoRPG

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Oklahoma City-based GoldFire Studios has announced the official launch of its Kickstarter-funded, HTML5 powered social casino game CasinoRPG. The game released in beta on the web in September 2013, and combines elements from multiple game genres, like roleplaying and tycoon games, into one experience.

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Fight alongside angels to defeat darkness in League of Angels on Facebook

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GTarcade.com is finding growing success with its MMORPG League of Angels on Facebook. The game currently sits at over 445,000 monthly active users (MAU), according to our app tracking service AppData. That’s an increase from 282,000 MAU on March 30.

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R2Games launches browser MMO Zombies Ate My Pizza

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Worldwide game publisher R2Games has announced the open beta launch of Zombies Ate My Pizza. The browser-based, action-shooter MMO sees players traveling to a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by zombies, where they’re challenged to complete quests with an overall theme of the importance of pizza.

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3 Turn Productions hopes to bring Jane Austen to the world of MMOs in Ever, Jane

An unlikely candidate for an MMO, Jane Austen is the focus of Ever, Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austen, an upcoming MMO from 3 Turn Productions, which is currently raising funding on Kickstarter. The game allows players to create a character in Regency Period England, building their reputation and gossiping about others while attending lavish balls and other activities appropriate for the time.

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JumpStart and DreamWorks partner for School of Dragons on Facebook, browser

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Image via JumpStart

JumpStart and DreamWorks have partnered to launch School of Dragons, a 3D Unity-powered MMO for kids based on DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon. The game sees players working to become the ultimate dragon master, completing quests, interacting with vikings (and dragons) from the film(s) and meeting new friends, whether in a browser or on Facebook.

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Amazing World: Ganz Studios’ colorful browser MMO for kids

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Image via Ganz Studios

Webkinz creator Ganz Studios has officially introduced its newest game, Amazing World, a colorful free-to-play browser game, powered by Unity. Aimed at players ages six and up, Amazing World offers light 3D massively multiplayer online (MMO) gameplay, as gamers can create an avatar, complete quests and customize a home in the virtual world.

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5th Planet Games launches Dawn of the Dragons for Android

5th Planet Games logoGame developer 5th Planet Games today launched Dawn of the Dragons for Android in North America (and worldwide later this week). The social MMO has come along way for the indie developer who first launched the title on Facebook back in May 2010, and later released for Kongregate and Armor Games.

We first heard about Dawn of Dragons flying its way to mobile for iOS in January, and then the game hit the Apple App Store weeks later in February (review). Chief mobile officer Rob Carroll told us that there’s no differences between the iOS and Android versions, but users can play simultaneously with other players on either platform. As for cross-platform play between the mobile offerings and the web-based versions, 5th Planet Games decided to not let the mobile and web versions talk to each other due to the game being developed in Adobe Air and to allow the mobile version to have its own exclusive content. Carroll also adds the Android port was published in partnership with 5th Planet Games by an unnamed publisher (the studio will announce details about the publisher soon). (more…)

Dawn of the Dragons available on iOS

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Game developer 5th Planet Games today announced the launch of Dawn of the Dragons on the iTunes App Store. Previously released on Facebook, Kongregate, Armor Games and its own site, Dawn of the Dragons’ is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game and 5th Planet’s top-performing title.

The game features a deep single-player storyline, as well as optional multiplayer gameplay that includes player alliances with raids and player-versus-player action. The single player campaign contains zones filled with energy-based missions and boss battles, while raids and PvP elements are played by spending stamina and honor. Dawn of the Dragons is free to play and available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices here.

We talked about the project with CEO Robert Winkler, COO Braden Moulton and Brian David-Marshall at GDC Online back in October 2012. Shortly after that chat, 5th Planet hired Rob Carroll as its Chief Mobile Officer, who began overseeing the development of both Legacy of a Thousand Suns and Dawn of the Dragons on iOS.

You can read our preview of the game here and look forward to a review soon.

Sega partners with Gogogic for cross-platform Godsrule: War of Mortals

Sega today announced it’s partnering with Icelandic social mobile studio Gogogic to develop Godsrule: War of Mortals, a cross-platform “build and battle” game for both iOS and the web.

Godsrule is a new fantasy-themed game that seeks to mix social mechanics with core strategy elements. Players are tasked with managing a kingdom, harvesting resources and battling with one another for contested land. Users choose a side between two warring factions and then create their own clans to control contested territory.

The game will be available to play via browser and iPad, allowing for a cross-platform play experience. Sega is clearly looking to tap into the lucrative core-games market, which is especially popular on iOS as evidenced by the runaway success Kabam has experienced with its Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North. Although Sega isn’t known for these mid-core games, Sega has been a presence on iOS mainly due to ports of beloved console games like Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi, and a port of Sonic Jump, an old mobile phone game first published in 2006. Gogogic, in turn, already has produced hits like Tiny Places on iOS and its social massively multiplayer online game Vikings of Thule.

For more information about Godsrule: War of Mortals, or to enroll in the game’s public beta program, head over to the game’s official website.

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