Zynga has announced its second “Oh, What Fun!” holiday charity campaign. This year, the social and mobile game developer has partnered with Heifer International to end hunger and poverty via multiple in-game promotions. From now until December 31, players in eight of Zynga’s games will be able to donate to the Oh, What Fun! campaign by making special in-game purchases of limited edition content.
Social Gambling & Gaming Summit is right around the corner! This two-day conference, focused on casino-style social games, mobile gaming, and virtual goods, will explore recent issues and successes within the industry.
Taking place at the MGM Grand Las Vegas on December 10-11, the Social Gambling & Gaming Summit will feature panels and discussions concerning the interaction between social games and online gambling, user experience, the evolution of mobile social casino development and more. View the full agenda here. (more…)
Following in the footsteps of games like Mystery Manor, Game Insight has released another hidden object game on Facebook: Hotel Enigma. Also available on iPad, Hotel Enigma challenges players with unraveling the mystery in an ornate country hotel by finding hidden objects and completing quests.
An unlikely battle has begun in the animal kingdom in Ooki’s Penguins vs Parrots on Facebook. The game offers strategic warfare, encompassing elements found in games like Triple Town and basic Checkers, as players work to meld eggs into battle units which can defeat their opponents on a grid.
If you can’t get enough of the many bubble-popping games on Facebook, there’s another option to try in Inovento’s Bubble Planet. The game sees players jumping into a hot air balloon and flying across the planet completing stages by shooting bubbles at colorful bubble formations at the top of the screen.
To celebrate the game’s first birthday, Pretty Simple Games has released some monumental stats for its hidden object game Criminal Case (our review) on Facebook. In the past 12 months, the game has been played by 100 million players. representing 40 percent of all Facebook users who play games worldwide.
With the mobile app market set to hit $27 billion in 2014, there is no better place and time to set your mobile strategy for the year ahead than at Inside Mobile Apps conference in New York City on December 3-4, 2013. Gain insight and advice for your mobile strategy alongside other mobile app experts and innovators, and register before December 3rd to save $250 on on-site registration prices.
Mobile apps continue to play a larger role in mainstream culture; and Inside Mobile Apps is the perfect venue to explore the opportunities and challenges the successful yet growing industry faces. The two-day conference will provide insight, analysis, and opinion on the key areas defining the mobile and social app ecosystem.
Attendees of Inside Mobile Apps will have the opportunity to network and engage with the impressive roster of speakers, including Evan Schwartz, CEO and Founder of ActionX; Jill Duffy, Technology Analyst and Writer of PCMag.com; and Gary Delfiner, President of Digital Distribution at Screen Media Ventures.
One of this year’s featured speakers will include David Pakman, Partner at Venrock, who will discuss what investors are looking for in potential developers during his session “Investing in Mobile Apps”. Joining Pakman in this panel discussion are Brad Farkas, General Partner at i-Hatch Ventures; Daniel Keoppel, Executive Director at Verizon Ventures; and Eric Goldberg, Managing Director of Crossover Technologies.
Featured sessions include:
Emerging Trends in Game Design
Mobile Health Apps/Games
Mobile Monitization: How to Convert Free-to-Play Users into Paying Customers
Mobile Apps in International Markets
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King has released its newest Saga installment on Facebook, Pepper Panic Saga, which challenges players to help a dog collect peppers over more than 70 levels by swapping the location of peppers on the screen to make existing peppers grow and explode.
Playdemic is welcoming Garfield, the famous food-loving cat, to its Facebook hit Gourmet Ranch this week, just in time for Thanksgiving. The pleasantly plump kitty comes to the game with his friends Odie, Nermal and Pooky for two weeks, starting today.
SongPop developer FreshPlanet has announced the release of MoviePop on Facebook, bringing multiplayer movie trivia to the social platform.
MoviePop is most easily described as “SongPop, but with movies,” and it comes with the same multiplayer options and unlockable system that allow for playing a customized game on both Facebook or mobile devices.
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