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Exclusive New Research on Social Gaming to Real Money Gambling Conversions at Social Gambling Conference

22nd October 2013
Jason Prasad an iGaming Consultant will be presenting his research on social to real money gambling conversions at the Social Gambling Conference, taking place at Dexter House, London on the 6th-7th November 2013. Prasad recently conducted an academic research study on evaluating the effect of...

SGA And ISGC Merge To Form The International Social Games Association

11th September 2013
The Social Gaming Association and the International Social Games Coalition have united their respective trade organisations in order to create a unified international voice to educate the public and policy makers on the social games industry and to represent and further the interests of the...

Ex-Zynga Executive Wins Nexon Investment For Start-Up

11th September 2013
John Schappert, the former chief operating officer of social gaming company Zynga, has received an investment from Tokyo-based gaming company Nexon for his video gaming startup Shiver Entertainment. According to Bloomberg, Nexon will gain the exclusive global publishing rights to the new PC and...

Mirrorball Slots Reaches 500,000 Downloads After Two Months

11th September 2013
Social casino studio Plumbee’s Mirrorball Slots has reached 500,000 downloads of the iOS version its game two months after launch. The company said the iPhone and iPad have proved very successful and it was planning to grow its audience further on those platforms and will look to launch Android...

Zynga moves to shut down OMGPOP.com

6th August 2013
Social gaming company Zynga is to shut down OMGPOP.com, the online gaming portal of casual online multiplayer games developer OMGPOP. According to the TechCrunch.com website, the portal will be shut down permanently on September 3 – just 18 months after Zynga purchased OMGPOP, the firm behind...

Amber launches free-to-play poker site

6th August 2013
US free-to-play league-based social gaming network Amber Gaming has announced the launch of HootersPokerOnline.com, a free-of-charge online poker service for residents in the US state of Illinois. The new service, which promotes Chicagoland Original Hooters stores, will host multiple tournaments...

Zynga CFO sells shares

6th August 2013
Zynga chief financial officer Mark Vranesh has sold 125,000 of his shares in the social gaming company, according to Watch List News. The shares were sold at an average price of $3 (€2.3). Late last month, the company said that revenues for the second quarter of 2013 had dipped by 31% year-on-year...

RealNetworks acquires Slingo for US$15,6m

6th August 2013
RealNetworks is hoping to make its mark on social gaming through its acquisition of the social games studio Slingo for US$15,6m. The deal was announced late on Wednesday afternoon and means RealNetworks, who recorded an US$11,7m loss for the first quarter period to end of May and whose leading...

Facebook launches mobile games publishing pilot

6th August 2013
Social networking website Facebook has announced the launch of Facebook Mobile Games Publishing, a new pilot programme. Through the programme, Facebook will work with selected small and medium-sized game developers to bring games to the website, and will “provide promotional support for their games...

Social gaming boosts IGT results

24th July 2013
Gaming products designer and manufacturer International Game Technology (IGT) has announced a 40% year-on-year rise in earnings for the third quarter after reporting a sharp increase in social gaming-related revenues. The company reported earnings of $65.7m (€49.6m) on the back of revenues of $579m...

French social gaming under threat from new amendment

24th July 2013
Social and skill gaming operators working in the French market are bracing themselves for a proposed change in the law that could see them forbidden in the first instance and at a future date subject to regulation, most likely by ARJEL, France’s online gaming authority. The new regulation would ban...

Schiermeyer links up with Bee Cave Games

5th July 2013
Eric Schiermeyer, co-founder of social gaming firm Zynga, has linked up with gaming company Bee Cave Games. According to a report from the Austin Business Journal, Schiermeyer has invested in Bee Cave Games and is acting as an adviser to the company. Bee Cave Games, which launched last year, stated...

GigaMedia plans social casino games entry

5th July 2013
Online gambling operator GigaMedia Limited has announced that it intends to enter the social casino games market following the closed beta launch of a suite of new titles in over 200 Internet cafes in Taiwan. Taipei-based GigaMedia revealed that its new portfolio of self-developed social casino...

International Social Games Coalition debuts

5th July 2013
Eight leading social games companies including Plumbee Limited and Zynga Incorporated have joined forces to officially launch the International Social Games Coalition. The International Social Games Coalition was first informally premiered in April at a meeting in San Francisco and stated that it...

Social Gambling Association and UK Gambling Commission Link Up

5th July 2013
Industry trade group the Social Gaming Association has announced that it will be assisting the UK Gambling Commission with the collation of industry data over the coming months, as the Commission considers formulating its future policy on social gaming. The agreement follows the release by the UK...

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