myVegas expands real-world rewards catalog to resorts in Mississippi

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Casino game developer PlayStudios has announced an expansion to its rewards catalog in myVegas, the Facebook and mobile slot machine game that allows users to win rewards at real-world Las Vegas hotels and resorts. This expansion sees the company moving outside the Las Vegas area, offering rewards at two MGM Resorts International properties in Mississippi.

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Ruby Seven Studios partners with Coral for social slots games

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British betting and gaming company Coral has announced a partnership with San Francisco-based social and mobile game developer Ruby Seven Studios, which will see the pair developing and launching new social slot machine games on an international level. The first app will see Coral’s games ‘The Magician’ and ‘The Magician Triple Pots’ launched inside a new social game.

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Kabam furthers global expansion with new Berlin office

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Free-to-play game developer Kabam has announced a continuation of its global expansion, opening an office in Berlin, Germany. The office will start with 80 employees, and should grow to 150 before the end of 2014. Kabam’s Berlin office will work on the live operations of existing titles, as well as localization, quality assurance, marketing and “player experience services” for the European market, including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, Turkey and the UK.

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Game Insight announces Mysterium for Facebook, mobile

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Game Insight has announced the latest title in its growing series of hidden object games: Mysterium. From the creator of Mystery Manor, Mysterium places players in a detective story, as they explore the mysterious Collector’s house, filled with mechanical contraptions. In addition, as players explore environments, they’ll travel the globe, from Paris to New York, and will encounter strange artifacts called Mysteriums.

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Zynga reveals New Words with Friends for Facebook, mobile

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Words with Friends celebrates its fifth anniversary this year, and with that comes the announcement of a refreshed version of the game, complete with new fan-requested features. The New Words with Friends will introduce a streamlined user interface to players on both Facebook and mobile platforms, in addition to new player profiles and word statistics.

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Storm8 publishing business debuts with War of Dragons

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Storm8, a leader in the mobile social gaming space, announced today the launch of Storm8 Publishing, a third-party publishing business that will provide marketing, distribution, live operations, monetization, and design expertise to game developers looking to add their promising titles to the service.

“Our first launch partner is Mad Head Limited, and we’re bringing their game Tower of Saviors to the U.S. and renaming it War of Dragons,” says Perry Tam, Storm8 CEO. “We expect this to be a really, really big hit, as it’s already a very big hit in the Eastern world.”

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American McGee’s The Gate is like ‘Pokemon in hell’

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A free-to-play action game where players collect demons while battling in hell, and it’s created by legendary designer American McGee?

Count us in (even if it makes our virtual feet burn).

“Our studio has a background making console and larger-scale PC games, so we’ve been trying to bring a bit of the quality and style and the 3D assets to the mobile and multi-player space,” says McGee. “This is actually our fourth title in the mobile/online space, and it’s taking everything we’ve learned, combined with the knowledge that DeNA has brought to the table, specifically with games within this genre, and we’ve wrapped it inside a story where the player is going into hell. I’ve been jokingly describing it as Pokemon in hell because you’re fighting against demons, then collecting these same demons and then doing the usual card collecting and upgrading of and skill-expansion of those units.

“We’ve also presented the fight mechanic in a pretty interesting way, as it’s much closer to a traditional RTS or RPG-style interface, so the player can engage with, in real time, the battles between the units as those things play out.”

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Rumble Entertainment secures $17.5M in funding

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Rumble Entertainment is starting to make some serious noise in the gaming space.

Not only did the company announce $17.5M in Series B financing led by free-to-play giant Nexon, but their first game, KingsRoad, already attracts over 1 million players per month in its open web and Facebook beta, with 40-percent of players joining in real-time cooperative play daily while spending an average playing time of over 1 hour per session.

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Kixeye talks Backyard Monsters Unleashed, mobile strategy

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With Backyard Monsters Unleashed launching on mobile next week, Kixeye’s CMO, Brandon Barber, sat down with Inside Mobile Apps to talk about the new game in an exclusive interview.

Check out what Barber had to say as he talks Monsters and mobile in the site’s latest Insider Q&A.

Brandon Barber Interview

Samurai Siege earning $65K per day

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Space Ape’s Samurai Siege is rocketing up the iOS and Google Play charts, earning $65K per day on 950,000+ installs in just under two weeks.

How did they do it? Inside Mobile Apps sits down with Space Ape’s CEO, John Earner, to find out more about the game, and what he thinks of the comparisons to Clash of Clans.

Insider Q&A Interview: John Earner

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