Atheer and Meta Want You to Touch Your Apps in Midair

Reach out and touch something.
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Despite Free-to-Play Explosion, Apple Puts Spotlight on Paid Games

Candy Crush can fend for itself.
Apple's iPad game of the year, Badland.

2013 Was a Huge Year for Android Gaming

And paid apps on both Android and iOS are falling deeper into obscurity.
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AllThingsD Week in Review: Nokia’s Android Phone, Bitcoin Funding and Facebook the Newspaper

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.
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Japan Overtakes U.S. in Apple/Google App Store Revenue

Japan is now the top country worldwide in revenue from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, according to a new report from App Annie. The app analytics company attributed the surprising shift to rapid smartphone adoption over the past year in Japan — where feature phones have held on for longer — and explosive growth in Google Play spending, outpacing global trends due to the availability of carrier billing as an alternative to credit cards.

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With Interest From Asia, Mid-Core Game Developer nWay Raises $5 Million Series A

NWay, the two-year-old gaming startup behind the Facebook game Chrono Blade, has raised a $5 million Series A round. Co-founder and CEO Taehoon Kim said TransLink Capital, which led the round, is well connected in Asia and that the action RPG has generated interest from Asian publishers. The company plans to launch new online multiplayer features this week, and will carry those real-time MMO features over to iOS, Android and Ouya ports of Chrono Blade next year — something nWay says is a technological feat for mobile.

Toca Boca CEO Bjorn Jeffery: Adults Don’t Understand How Kids Play

Well, most of them, anyway.
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Survey Says Mobile Gamers Prefer Kindle Fire Over Tablets With Google Play

But Android phones are still huge, and, thanks to the iPod touch, Apple is on top, overall.
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One Year In, Spaceteam’s Solo Developer Hopes Fans Will Fund Him Directly

The developer of a successful game that made no money plots his next course.
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Indie Platformer Badland Finally Comes to Android, but With a New Business Model

Premium downloads don’t work on Android, Frogmind’s COO says.
Apple's iPad game of the year, Badland.

Logitech’s iPhone Gamepad Case Goes on Sale Next Month, Costs $100

Is This “The Last Console Generation”? And Nine Other Questions for Sony’s Jack Tretton.

If Wearables Are Going to Grow Up, Games Might Point the Way

AllThingsD Week in Review: Patent Wars Redux and Netflix Thinks “Big”

Google Is Working on Ingress for iOS, but It Won’t Be Ready Until 2014

Unu, Yet Another Android Gaming Device, Ships by November

Blue Goji Teams Up With MyFitnessPal to Get Cardio-Gaming Devices in Shape