Despite a bleak third-quarter financial report from game developer Zynga, Facebook still believes the company can rebound. After Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg noted that the company’s revenue from Zynga has dipped 20 percent, a Facebook representative told select members of the media Thursday that the social network still has faith in the struggling game maker.
Not long after King.com’s Alex Dale weighed in on the state of Facebook games, the social network’s own director of game partnerships, Sean Ryan, sat down with VentureBeat. Ryan talked about how Facebook games are now a worldwide phenomenon and also addressed subscriptions, SongPop, trends, and 3D games.
So you’ve got an awesome Facebook game. How do you go about getting people to play it? Many gamers hate banner ads, so developers have to get creative. That’s where Applifier Impact comes in. The new product from Applifier finds innovative ways to introduce games to the people who want to play them. Count King.com and the maker of SongPop among Applifier’s fans.
If your favorite sport is playing social games, then you may want to join the Facebook community called App Champ. Or perhaps you already have: App Champ claims to have gone viral, accumulating more than 5,000 fans in just three weeks.
Classic video games are making a comeback on Facebook, and Bossa Studios is bringing back the defend-a-city-from-monsters scenario with the release of Monstermind.
Facebook’s policies say that any application running on the site is prohibited from integrating or linking in any way to any app on a competing social platform.
Users playing “Call of Duty: Black Ops” on Facebook have been reportedly getting spam messages of a nonexistent video of a guy killing his roommate.
Disney is making a major foray into social gaming with the purchase of Playdom for up to $763.2 million. The games company, which has titles such as Mobsters, Social City, Sorority Life, Market Street and Bola on Facebook and other social networking sites, claims 42 million active players a month.
It was only a matter of time before all those anti-Farmville Facebook Groups got a cause to get behind, and that patient wait is over. Jolt Games has released a game called “FarmVillain”, and it’s got over half a million users and is growing fast. Described by fellow gaming site Kotaku as being so low-brow that “it’s leaving little brow trails on the ground behind them”, the game revolves around, well, nothing! The game simply involves posting fake Farmville stories that are crude and disgusting and kind of hilarious.
PETA, the animal rights group, posted a blog post criticizing Zynga’s Mafia Wars for promoting cruelty to animals with its latest ‘animals’ update. The animals update allows players to bring animals along with them on their missions and can use them to attack other animals and people. It’s certainly something that happens in a lot of games, but just because it’s common doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right. What do you think about this? Let us know in the comments and read more after the jump.
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