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Has EA’s acquisition strategy shifted from content to distribution?
The acquisition of Chillingo by EA last week set tongues wagging, particularly when Angry Bird’s developer Rovio went on an aggressive PR campaign to emphasise that the rights to Angry Birds were not part of the deal....
- Posted 937 days ago
Playfish’s Kristian Segerstrale changes his tune about brands
Playfish CEO Kristian Segerstrale said brands had no place in social games. Until his acquisition by EA, that is.
- Posted 1006 days ago
Playfish’s advice for building social games: “Development really starts with launch”
I’m at the State of Independence conference in York today, organised by Codeworks GameHorizon. Here are my quick thoughts on Jeferson Valadares’ talk. He’s a Playfish designer talking about making social games. Playfish focuses on Viral distribution,...
- Posted 1137 days ago
Why Facebook is dependent on Zynga, not the other way round
2009 was the year in which Facebook trounced MySpace. Rupert Murdoch’s magical acquisition has been losing its lustre for a while. But, perhaps surprisingly, the main driver of Facebook’s success may have been games. Two reports just...
- Posted 1182 days ago
Playfish’s clever web -> mobile links
I was just looking at Playfish’s website to see which games they offer on Android. (Sucks that I chose to do this on the web rather than in Android Market because the interface is so much better.)...
- Posted 1224 days ago
Social gaming comes of age: Social gaming companies trouser half a billion dollars in just one week
For anyone who thinks that social games are not real business, last week proved them so wrong. Between 10th and 17th November nearly every major social games company raised money or was bought, and one or two...
- Posted 1278 days ago
Why EA’s acquisition of Playfish is still a steal at $400 million
There’s no smoke without fire, they say, and the rumours of EA’s acquisition of Playfish would have stupefied all the bees in the US (not that there are any left, of course). And today it was confirmed...
- Posted 1287 days ago