Here Be Monsters challenges you to catch ‘em all on Facebook

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Gamesys is experiencing continued success with its popular Facebook game Here Be Monsters. While Here Be Monsters currently sits at 155,000 monthly active users (MAU), according to our tracking service AppData, that number is expected to grow thanks to the game’s recent release on iPad. The mobile release features cross-platform play, allowing iOS gamers to dive into the game’s 600 existing quests.

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R2Games reveals new details for browser MMORPG Monkey King Online

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Online game publisher R2Games has revealed new details for Monkey King Online, its upcoming browser-based massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG). Monkey King Online is based on the Chinese epic Journey to the West, and offers a free-to-play world full of Chinese mythology for play.

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Q&A: What Does it Mean to be a Mobile Gamer?

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Are gamers all hyperactive teenagers, or are they just the main characters from “The Big Bang Theory?” Game Insight project manager Denis Levchik discusses what it truly means to be a mobile gamer in terms of age, gender, engagement, and game preference.

Q: Who is the average mobile gamer?

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DataPoint: What Can Zynga Learn from NaturalMotion?

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Zynga’s acquisition of NaturalMotion earlier this year signals a change in focus for the company. NaturalMotion, the U.K.-based mobile gaming company, is best known for its mobile games “CSR Racing” and “Clumsy Ninja.”

Zynga has been seeing major loses on the Facebook platform, so the acquisition could help the company in the mobile space. According to AppData, the number of monthly active users (MAUs) for Zynga’s games on Facebook has declined over 68 percent this year alone. Daily active users (DAUs) have declined almost 67 percent in the same time period. (more…)

5 Reasons for Mobile Gaming Companies to Attend Tech Events

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For game companies, major events seem cut-and-dried: GDC, E3, consumer shows like GamesCom or PAX.  But with all the major tech events that take place in the Bay Area, it can be very tempting to blow most, if not all, off. Events like the Crunchies, Launch Festival, and SXSW are mainly for nongaming tech firms, right? Wrong. Here are five reasons why major tech conferences are now more relevant for mobile gaming firms than ever:

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Help a monster eat pastries in Sugar Tales on Facebook

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Players looking to take a break from traditional match-three games can now try Sugar Tales, a level-based Facebook game that asks players to help a monster eat candy in large groups of bright colors. Instead of swapping the location of candies, players click on groups of three or more touching candies, while the monster moves around the board to eat them.

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Zynga reaches $1 million in total donations for Water.org

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Zynga has announced a huge milestone in its work for charities. For a period of two weeks, Zynga and Water.org collected charity donations in the form of poker winnings in Zynga’s social poker game Zynga Poker. The recent campaign saw users giving a portion of their in-game winnings to a “Water.org Helping Hands” charity pot, with two trillion chips being turned into $100,000 in donations.

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DataPoint: On IPO Day, King Exceeds 300 Million MAUs

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King Digital broke 300 million month active users (MAUs) on Facebook today, according to AppData. That puts the newly-public company at over three times the MAUs of Zynga on the same platform. So far, King’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange has been rocky: Shares closed at $19 today, over 15 percent lower than the offering price. Shares were up slightly in after-hours trading — $19.02 at the time of this writing.

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“It is unusual for an IPO to open up so much lower and then remain down like this throughout the morning it starts trading,” said WSJ reporter Matt Jarzemsky in an interview.

In comparison, Zynga’s offering price was $10 per share, and was down five percent at the end of its first day of trading back in 2011. Although its stock price rose to as much as $14.69 per share (March 2012), it closed at $4.64 today. (more…)

Collect treasures with Indy Cat in this match-three Facebook game

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What’s better than staring at pictures of cats on the internet? How about a match-three game starring a cat that thinks he’s Indiana Jones? That’s the setup for Indy Cat on Facebook, PlayFlock’s colorful match-three game, which sees players completing puzzle levels to collect treasures with Indy Cat and his friends.

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Car Stories races up the charts on Facebook

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NSi4’s Car Stories is quickly racing up the charts on Facebook, as car fans are challenged to build and research exotic vehicles in this car-themed city-building game. Designed as a car collection game, players in Car Stories will build garages, research buildings and more to increase their collection with classic rides as well as sports cars.

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