Lumosity, a San Francisco company that has raised more than $70 million to create brain fitness games, says it now reaches 35 million members around the world.
The Moscow-based game maker ZeptoLabs hopes to duplicate the enormous success of Cut the Rope with Pudding Monsters, which launches today for Android and iOS devices. Doing so would make ZeptoLabs the first developer of mobile games to deliver two entirely separate blockbuster franchises.
Chartboost has released some comparative data on cost-per-installs and cost-per-clicks in 18 markets around the world. It’s helpful in seeing where developers might want to look to expand as they go global.
Rovio, the team behind Angry Birds, is launching Bad Piggies, a game told from the pig’s perspective. The game is still physics based but it doesn’t have the same visceral fun of throwing birds and bringing down structures.
At GigaOM’s Mobilize conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Jack Buser, Sony’s senior director of PlayStation digital platforms, talked about why Sony developed the PlayStation Mobile platform for PlayStation games that can, for the first time, be played on devices not made by the Japanese company.
Amazon is getting more serious about gaming on the Kindle Fire with the introduction of GameCircle, a social engagement layer for developers who want to add achievements, leaderboards and cloud syncing to their games. The service is Amazon’s answer to Apple’s Game Center.
Angry Birds maker Rovio generated $106.3 million in revenue last year based on the success of three games and a booming merchandising business. The tenfold improvement over the previous is a strong showing for the company as it looks ahead to an IPO next.
Zynga has acquired OMGPOP, adding Draw Something to its list of popular social and mobile gaming titles. Zynga reportedly paid OMGPOP for some $180 million, plus another $30 million in employee retention.
About two weeks ago, I sat down with Zygna founder and CEO Mark Pincus to discuss the importance of mobile gaming to his company and evolution from Mark the entrepreneur to Pincus the CEO of a company that is valued at billions by Wall Street.
Draw Something, the No. 1 paid and free app right now on iOS and Android, is listed as a game but it’s not really a game at all. OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter, who designed the app, explains how it succeeds using cooperation, rather than competition.