Gaming company Kabam, creator of such little known hits as “Kingdoms of Camelot” and “The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth,” has joined the elite-ish $1 billion valuation club following a sizable Series E from Alibaba. With a “diversify and prosper” strategy, Kabam hopes to avoid the rocky roads paved by Zynga and Candy Crush’s King.com.
Want to safely explore Middle Earth from the comfort of your phone or tablet? You’ll avoid dragons and get a taste of new web technologies at the same time: Google’s latest Chrome Experiment showcases off new web technologies for mobile devices.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate and publisher HarperCollins are suing Warner Brothers over digital rights to “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” The suit alleges that Warner Brothers violated copyright by developing online gambling games and slot machines.
Shooting and sharing movie footage all over New Zealand makes for connectivity challenges, but the crew of The Hobbit is making do. But not with magic; heck, even a powerful wizard such as Gandalf has limitations. Portable satellites and six kilometers of cable bring them broadband.
How do you keep buzz going for one of the most anticipated films of the decade, when the film doesn’t come out for over a year? Peter Jackson and the crew of The Hobbit have found the answer — thanks to Facebook.