Disney confirms closure of Blackwood & Bell Mysteries on Facebook

Image via Disney / Playdom

Image via Disney / Playdom

Disney / Playdom’s Blackwood & Bell Mysteries is coming to a close on Facebook. Players logging into the hidden object game will receive a closure notification the next time they login, alerting them of the closure date of October 20.

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EA announces closure of Play4Free RTS BattleForge

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Image via Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts has announced the closure of its “Play4Free” real-time-strategy game (RTS) BattleForge. The game was first launched in 2009, and allowed players to fight against a variety of evil monsters using an army that they assemble themselves via the collection of cards.

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Warner Bros. releases ‘Getaway: Race to Glory’ game ahead of film’s theatrical release

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Warner Bros. has announced the launch of its newest browser game, in celebration of the upcoming release of the Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez film Getaway. The driving game “Getaway: Race to Glory” is now available to play in browsers, and gives players the chance to put their driving skills to the test across a variety of missions.

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Zynga announces closure of Zynga Slingo on Facebook

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Zynga has quietly announced the closure of Zynga Slingo on Facebook, scheduled for later this month. While Zynga Slingo has over 3.5 million monthly active users, this move comes as no surprise, as RealNetworks purchased the Slingo name and brand at the end of July for $15.6 million, according to TechCrunch.

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King reveals closure of five Facebook apps, including Hoop de Loop and Bubble ‘Sagas’

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Candy Crush Saga developer King (formerly King.com) has quietly revealed the closure of some of its older, less successful Facebook games. The move will see Bubble Saga, Hoop de Loop Saga, Miner Speed and Puzzle Saga all close on September 10, but the company’s most popular ‘Saga’ games won’t be affected. This closure also affects King’s test project King Gold Games, a Facebook hub for events and new game discovery.

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OMGPop attempted a buy back from Zynga before closure of OMGPop.com

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Zynga recently announced its plans to completely shutter OMGPop.com and close four of the developer’s Facebook games, including Gem Rush and Cupcake Corner. However, before the axe was ultimately swung, members of the OMGPop team reportedly attempted to buy the site back from Zynga.

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Zynga announces closure of OMGPop.com, four OMGPop Facebook games

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Zynga has announced the closure of OMGPop.com, affecting multiple games from the service on both its own website and on Facebook. This decision does not appear to affect the Draw Something franchise, but it will see four OMGPop games removed from the Facebook platform.

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EA, PopCap’s Hidden Agenda comes to a close October 22

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PopCap owner and game publisher Electronic Arts has quietly revealed that PopCap’s Facebook hidden object game Hidden Agenda (our review) will be retired from the service on October 22. This move comes after a slow start by Hidden Agenda, which peaked at 1.8 million users in late March, according to our app-tracking service AppData.

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Kakao celebrates social games first anniversary, makes $311 million in first half of 2013

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KakaoTalk has gained a lot of traction not just as a messaging application, but as a social games platform as well. Since launching its social games service at the end of June 2012, Kakao has more than 30 million out of its 100 million users playing its catalog of 180 games. The company has announced that these games have generated revenue of 348 billion Won (around $311 million) in the first half of 2013. This is an increase of 193 percent from Q4 2012, where the company earned 118 billion Won ($105 million).

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Angry Birds Star Wars II due in September, partners with Hasbro for Telepod figures

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It was only a matter of time, but Rovio’s incredibly popular Angry Birds Star Wars is getting a sequel. The game will be made available across mobile app stores on September 19th as announced on the Rovio company blog.

In addition to the game’s release, Rovio has partnered with Hasbro to release over 30 Telepod figures relative to the 30 different playable characters in game. Telepod figures are physical toys that can be purchased in stores to be scanned by the device’s camera to then be playable in game. Telepod figures have become incredibly popular with the rapid success of Activision’s Skylanders franchise. This is the first instance of the Angry Bird franchise using toys that directly accompany the game experience.

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