'Minecraft' dominates iOS games top ten charts

May 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang’s popular world building game Minecraft continues to dominate the iOS charts, taking the number one slots on the iPhone and iPad Top Ten best-selling game charts for the week ending May 18, according to MCV.

Mojang's hit mobile game managed to beat out Snowman’s Alto’s Adventure on both charts for the week.

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Former Rovio head of games launches Futureplay Games

May 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Rovio head of games Jami Laes has revealed the "other opportunities" he decided to pursue after he left the Angry Birds maker in January. Laes has launched a new mobile gaming company called Futureplay Games, with plans to develop games that focus on the "view-to-play" model for monetization. "View-to-play" gives players access to gameplay after watching monetized video ads.

Laes thinks this approach to monetization will be easier for players to accept.

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GREE closes Vancouver studio

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile games publisher GREE has shut down its Vancouver studio, according to a tweet from GREE Vancouver's studio head, Steve Lin highlighted in this Gamasutra report - as well as a blog post from GREE International COO Andrew Sheppard.

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Space Ape releases 'Rival Kingdoms'

May 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

MCV reports that UK-based mobile game developer Space Ape has released its second title, a strategy game called Rival Kingdoms. The most interesting aspect of the game is that game scribe Rhianna Pratchett lent her pen to the work. You may know her better for her writing in such high profile game titles as Tomb Raider (2013), Mirror’s Edge, Thief, Heavenly Sword, Prince of Persia and the Overlord series.

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App Annie buys Canadian competition

May 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mobile analytics firm App Annie announced today that it has acquired Vancouver-based competitor Mobidia for an undisclosed amount of money and stock. In a blog post announcing the deal, App Annie said that the acquisition will help it expand its reach deeper into international markets though the integration of data and talent from Mobidia.

The company's office in Vancouver currently employs 30 people. App Annie will rename the office "App Annie Canada."

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Tencent buys 14.6 percent stake in Glu Mobile

April 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Tencent has acquired a 14.6 percent stake in mobile game developer Glu Mobile for an estimated $126 million payout to the company, according to this GamesBeat report.

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Indie iOS developer accuses Ketchapp of outright theft

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In an article entitled "The 2048 guys stole my iPhone game" over on Medium, indie mobile developer and Palette L.L.C. founder Matt Akins (who is also the founder of Tapped, "an online community built around iOS game development education") tells the harrowing tale of how he sought help with promoting an iOS game only to have it (allegedly) stolen by Paris-based mobile publisher Ketchapp.

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Two new games launch featuring Shaquiille O'Neal

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Two games featuring former NBA all-star Shaquiille O'Neal have been released for mobile devices and Facebook via MyVegas apps. O'Neal is the latest celebrity to get in the business of releasing a self-branded game, joining the likes of Kim Kardashian and other stars who want to cash in on the mobile and social gaming space. O'Neal's two games are "CaddyShaq," and "ShaqJack" - both were developed by PlayStudio for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and Facebook.

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Jimmy Fallon releases first mobile game

April 23, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Apparently NBC Late Night host Jimmy Fallon is in the business of making games for iOS platforms. Fallon's first game through his freshly revealed company Sparklehorse is called Tedzy for iOS devices. The goal of the game is to collect feathers for Tedzy’s pillow so he can get a good night's sleep. The game is free to download and play.

Tedzy is an arcade game where the title character travels down dream roads to collect feathers. Tedzy can jump, spin from road to road and collect power-ups.

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China tops iOS download charts for Q1 2015

April 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

New data from App Annie suggests that China is now the leader in iOS app downloads for the first quarter of 2015. China is followed by the U.S., Japan, the UK, and Russia. Only the U.S. and China saw any movement during the quarter. App Annie's data shows that the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China is responsible for the big shift in iOS app downloads.

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Report: DeNA lays off staff in Vancouver, San Francisco

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

After securing a major deal with Nintendo to bring popular IPs to mobile devices, DeNA has decided to initiate some layoffs at one of its Canadian development studios, according to GamesBeat. The first signs that something serious was going on at the DeNA Vancouver studio was when David Phan, the product manager at DeNA Studios Canada revealed on Twitter that he and other employees were let go.

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Nexon acquiring Boolean Games

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nexon has acquired Boolean Games, GII reports. Boolean is best known for developing the Dark Avenger series of games. In total the series has enjoyed 30 million downloads worldwide since its launch in May, 2013. The first Dark Avengers game has earned around $1 million in revenue to-date. The sequel, Darkness Reborn, was launched in November of 2014 and has been downloaded 10 million times.

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GSN Games acquires rival Idle Gaming

March 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Social casino games and cash tournament company GSN Games has acquired social casino game studio rival Idle Gaming. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GSN Games said in a press release announcing the deal today that the acquisition adds both "high-quality talent and mobile platform technologies that support GSN Games’ long-term strategic growth."

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Iwata claims Nintendo's deal with DeNA was not born out of shareholder pressure

March 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata insisted in a Q&A session (translated to English) following the major announcement last week about entering the mobile space that his company was not pressured into bringing its IP to an outside platform. But last year a large block of investors pushed hard for Nintendo to brings its IP to the lucrative mobile space - a suggestion the company strongly resisted at the time.

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Kabam's 'Creature Academy' mobile games no longer available

March 19, 2015 - James Fudge

Yesterday we reported on artist Kevin Konrad Hanna's claims that mobile gaming giant Kabam copied elements from his graphic novel, "Creature Academy: The Legacy," when it repurposed the Korean mobile game "Taming Monster" (originally developed by South Korean mobile games company Netmarble Games Corp.) and re-released it under the name Creature Academy in North America.

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Lilith Games sues uCool for copyright infringement in federal court over 'Heroes Charge'

March 19, 2015 - James Fudge

Sword and Tower game-maker Lilith Games (also known in Shanghai as Lilith Technology) is suing game developer uCool of Menlo Park, California in federal court, claiming that the company's mobile game Heroes Charge violates its copyrights. Court documents for the case were not available as of this writing. The civil case was filed in the California Northern District Court and seeks a jury trial. The case (Lilith Games Co. Ltd. v. uCool, Inc. et al) has been assigned to District Court Judge Donna M. Ryu.

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Artist claims Kabam copied his IP to create its mobile game 'Creature Academy'

March 18, 2015 - James Fudge

Artist Kevin Konrad Hanna claims in a new comic (you read that right) that mobile and web game company Kabam copied his graphic novel Creature Academy to create its game of the same name.

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Nintendo partners with DeNA to bring Nintendo IP to smartphones and tablets

March 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Nintendo announced today at a press conference in Japan that it has partnered with Japanese mobile game company DeNA to develop and deploy games for smart phones and tablets that utilize Nintendo's vast library of intellectual properties. Nintendo has been, up until now, resistant to put its IP on platforms it doesn't own, but it's likely that big shareholders have finally forced the company to see the light.

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PlayStation Mobile Shutting Down in July

March 11, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony announced that it plans to shut down PlayStation Mobile store on July 15 - though you'll still be able to buy content via browser until Sept. 10. In-app purchases of games already purchased and re-downloading purchased content will be discontinued after Sept 10 as well, the company noted in its announcement. The PlayStation Mobile Developer Portal will shut down a few months later on Nov. 30.

Customers who purchased content through PlayStation Mobile will still be able to continue playing it but they'll have to do a few things first.

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Square Enix Closes Mobile Studio in Indonesia

January 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Square Enix has shut down the mobile studio Smileworks in Indonesia - a mere 18 months after it opened its doors. The company confirmed in a statement to GII that all 14 of the people the small studio employed are now out of work as well. Square Enix opened the Surabaya, Java-based Smileworks studio 18 months ago in hopes of developing mobile game content for Indonesia. Apparently the studio did not live up to Square Enix's expectations.

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EA Mobile Celebrates Two Billion Downloads With Free In-Game Content

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Mobile claims that titles in its mobile games catalog have been collectively downloaded two billion times. That milestone was reached earlier in the week, according to EA.

To celebrate this milestone, EA Mobile is giving away in-game content in several of its titles. By playing any of the titles list below (which are available on Android and iOS) between now and December 17, you'll get some extra goodies.

- Madden NFL Mobile: Booster Pack (gold, silver, and bronze players)

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UK ASA Agency Will Not Punish Gameloft Over Micro-Transactions in 'Littlest Pet Shop' Game

December 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.K.-based Advertising Standards Authority has decided pursue a complaint against Gameloft over one parent's complaint that its free-to-play mobile game Littlest Pet Shop is specifically designed to exploit children by "coercing them" into making in-app purchases.

While the ASA's ruling acknowledged that the Gameloft game targeted young children, it also noted that the developers of the game put enough warnings in place so that both parents and the player would know about the microtransaction scheme and could oversee their children's use of it.

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Glu Mobile Sues Hothead Games for Copyright and Trade Dress Infringement

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this GamesBeat report, Glu Mobile has filed a lawsuit against mobile game studio Hothead Games for allegedly copying its popular Deer Hunter 2014 mobile game with its game Kill Shot. In Kill Shot, you don't hunt animals; you play as a sniper that hunts enemy targets. But Glu alleges in a federal lawsuit filed in the San Francisco court that Hothead’s game violates copyright and trade infringement laws.

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Kim Kardashian Helps Glu Mobile Rule The World

October 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Love them or hate them, the Kardashians and their brand are a powerful force to be reckoned with. If you need proof simply look at how much money Glu Mobile is making off one mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

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Chinese Mobile Game Uploads Almost 36K Private Videos Online Without Permission or Warning

October 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a report in the South China Morning Post, a smartphone-based charades game popular in China uploaded 36,000 private user videos without notifying or asking the permission of its users.

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Disney Pulls 'Tiny Death Star' From Mobile Stores Without Warning Developer, Fans

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Disney recently pulled a Star Wars- themed mobile game called Tiny Death Star from online app stores without warning players or its development team of the action in advance. A spin-off of Tiny Tower, Tiny Death Star is a business management game that pays homage to the Star Wars Death Star from the films. It was developed by NimbleBit for Disney.

The game, which is less than a year old, has now been pulled from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store by Disney, which did not inform the game's developer NimbleBit that it was going to do so.

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ESA: One-Third of Americans Play Mobile Games

September 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to data released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), around one-third of Americans ages 13 and older play video games on their smart phones, tablets, and portable gaming devices (3DS, PS Vita, etc.) on a regular basis. The new research comes from a new ESA report, "Mobile Games: Expanding Gameplay Across America."

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'Puzzle & Dragons' Downloaded Five Million Times in North America

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GungHo Online Entertainment's popular mobile game continues to hit major milestones. According to an announcement from the company today, Puzzle & Dragons was downloaded five million times in North America last week (September 16). Puzzle & Dragons is currently available on Kindle Fire, Android devices, and iOS.

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FTC Begins Cracking Down on COPPA Violators

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this VentureBeat report, the federal government is beginning to crack down on companies that are allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on its blog this week announcing a $450,000 settlement with Yelp for collecting the personal information (names and other personal identifiers) of children in violation of COPPA.

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King Settles Lawsuit with 6Waves Over Game Clones

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Candy Crush Saga maker King has settled its copyright case against 6waves, has received an undisclosed sum of money, and has ensured the closure of 6waves' Farm Epic and Treasure Epic games - two games it claims were infringing on its copyrights.

"We are pleased that this matter has now been resolved," commented King's chief legal officer Robert Miller.

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MechaCrashOh, no, I totally agree with you that Iron is being a prick and needs to stop, but isn't the usual GG suggesstion for harassment "just ignore it, grow a thicker skin, don't report it"?05/30/2015 - 9:22am
Conster...and even the more stubborn and annoying ones are downright pleasant when compared to IronPatriot's behavior. His behavior is harassment regardless of whether it's aimed at pro-GG or anti-GG people, and it has to stop.05/30/2015 - 8:55am
ConsterMechaCrash: is this about Goth_Skunk's complaint against IronPatriot? Because while I'm anti-GG and strongly disagree with a lot of the stuff the pro-GG people on here say, most of them disapprove of harassment, even if it's 'in the name of GamerGate'...05/30/2015 - 8:55am
MechaCrashMan, some people are just...so immune to noticing irony, you know? The mind boggles.05/30/2015 - 8:35am
InfophileBut hey, I'm not a mod here. It's up to them05/30/2015 - 7:36am
InfophileThat's really not conducive to a good discussion. It just puts people on the defensive. So yeah, I really think IP should try to hold back on that. I'm not sure a ban is in order unless they show they can't or won't change, though05/30/2015 - 7:36am
InfophileLooking through IP's recent posts, there are some that do add to the discussion. There are also a handful which add nothing and are just jabs or point-scoring. It feels like IP is treating the comments more like a battleground than a discussion, honestly05/30/2015 - 7:34am
MattsworknameAhh, that explains why I wasn't aware. I don't follow, like ,nor care for soccer05/30/2015 - 6:50am
Goth_SkunkThe top dog at FIFA.05/30/2015 - 6:49am
MattsworknameWhose Blatter conster?05/30/2015 - 6:42am
ConsterSpeaking of non-video games for a second, I'm seriously disappointed in people for re-electing Blatter, and disgusted by his speech afterwards.05/30/2015 - 6:32am
ConsterHe's at least 5 times as bad as GS.05/30/2015 - 6:31am
Goth_SkunkEIC of Gameranx apologizes for his recent conduct: http://ow.ly/NDBxn Frankly, I'm surprised this wasn't posted sooner.05/30/2015 - 6:31am
ConsterGS does have a point: IP, on his own, causes at least as much harassment, insulting, and holier-than-thou'ness, as all the pro-GG people on this site combined.05/30/2015 - 6:30am
WonderkarpI am not sure I agree that its Harassment, But I do agree that he doesnt bring anything to the conversation. Its too the point where whenever I see his name, I just Thumbs down and move on. Its all buzz words and accusations and rarely civil05/30/2015 - 6:22am
MattsworknameWell, best of luck on that, but im not holding my breath.05/30/2015 - 5:04am
Goth_SkunkI believe the time to pull the plug was long ago, but kept quiet knowing full well Iron Patriot cannot help themself. There is a mountain of evidence to support my claim. In my opinion, it is harassment, and it needs to stop.05/30/2015 - 4:35am
Goth_SkunkIt's not getting me down. Far from it. Nevertheless, the conduct is unacceptable and has gone far beyond what any patient human being ought to be expected to tolerate.05/30/2015 - 4:34am
MattsworknameDont let him get you down Goth, I just go look at kitten videos for a bit to get my posistive mood back05/30/2015 - 4:27am
Goth_SkunkIt is not conducive to a welcoming, open-minded environment that this site is supposed to be.05/30/2015 - 2:33am
 

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