As Columbia Journalism School researcher Maxwell Foxman points out in a research paper, media companies could learn a lot from the game-playing approach that sites like BuzzFeed take towards their content
On Wednesday, Duolingo launched a version of its language-learning game for Windows Phone, because Microsoft’s platform is prominent in emerging markets where Duolingo wants to establish itself.
A hashtag that started as a complaint about ethics in video-game journalism has spawned a movement aimed at attacking and harassing female journalists, developers and others — and the same fuel that allows positive social-media campaigns to go viral has fanned the flames of violence
Google has made concrete moves to protect consumers — particularly the parents of Android-toting kids — from accidentally racking up huge in-app purchase bills. Apple and iOS, not so much.
Osmo is combining simple but elegant hardware with clever computer vision technology to turn Tangram shapes, letter cards and everyday objects into iPad game controllers.
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.
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.
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.
Finally, Nintendo of America CEO Reggie Fils-Aime says the company is considering bringing content to mobile.
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.