Betting on live and over-the-top

The importance “Sunday Ticket” to the AT&T/DirecTV deal underscores the degree to which the extent to which live streaming is starting to drive deals and investment in the over-the-top video space.

Zynga Founder Mark Pincus resigns from CPO position

Struggling games company Zynga (s znga) announced more executive shifts Wednesday during its Q1 2014 earnings report, as co-founder and former CEO Mark Pincus will step down from his role as CPO. Pincus moved to the role in 2013 after hiring former Xbox guru Don Mattrick to take the reigns at the company. According to the press release, Pincus will continue his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors. The announcement comes as the company exceeded Wall Street’s dismal expectations for performance for Q1, reporting $168 million in revenue — 38 percent decrease since 2013.

Candy Crush Saga company King files for IPO, hopes to raise $500M

Irish game development and publishing company King, best known for creating freemium smash hit “Candy Crush Saga,” filed for an IPO Tuesday. The company, which hopes to raise $500 million, pulled in $1.9 billion in 2013 and says 78 percent of its total gross bookings last year came from Candy Crush Saga, which launched on mobile in November 2012. King’s revenues in 2012 were just $164 million. King says 70 percent of its gross bookings — which it defines as the total amount its users pay for virtual items and access to skill tournaments — are on mobile, and just 4 percent of users (roughly 12 million) regularly make in-game purchases.

Google’s Niantic Labs brings Ingress out of beta

Ingress, created by Google’s Niantic Labs, is hard to describe: the real-time, location-based mobile Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game also draws in features from the Alternate Reality Game (ARG) genre to keep users enthralled in a kind of global war, and its beta game culminated in a worldwide party that took place in both San Francisco and Buenos Aires. Now, with that chapter finished, Ingress has exited beta and is now available for free on Google Play. The app already has more than 1 million downloads and boasts players across the globe — just be prepared to lose some serious battery life.