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Good Numbers for Badland: Audience Grew 26x During Paid-to-Free Apple Promo

Yesterday, we noted that the high-profile mobile game Infinity Blade 2 added 5.7 million players in a week, thanks to an Apple App Store promotion that offered paid games for free. Today, indie studio Frogmind, whose first game, Badland, was also free during the promotion, told AllThingsD that it saw an even bigger lift: Downloads of the game, normally $3.99, jumped from 280,000 to 7,400,000 in a week. Co-founder Johannes Vuorinen said the “eerie sidescroller” was the No. 1 free iPhone game during the promotion.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik