4chan Creator’s Drawing App Comes to the iPhone

The previously iPad-only DrawQuest app goes fully mobile.
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How Do You Get VCs to Invest in a New Videogame? QuizUp Did It With “Twilight.”

And no, VCs does not mean “vampire capitalists.”
Apparently, the answer is "red." The more you know?

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Former OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter Lands Top Digital Job at WME

Dan Porter, the former CEO of gaming company OMGPOP, is now running digital for heavyweight talent agency WME, working out of its New York City outpost. Porter, who had been advising the company for several months, will now “oversee all of the company’s online and mobile initiatives and help identify digital opportunities for clients.” Porter sold OMGPOP to Zynga in March 2012, and stayed at the social games company for a year after that.

Twitter Music Is Here Today, and You Can’t Use It

Unless you’re famous.
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Remember Draw Something? Here Comes the Sequel.

Last year’s mobile one-hit wonder Draw Something is getting a sequel, per this tweet from OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter. Porter was responding to a tweet by Ryan Seacrest with a Draw Something 2 screenshot depicting “American Idol’s” Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey. Zynga acquired OMGPOP last year, but the popularity of Draw Something plummeted shortly thereafter. Zynga had to write down the acquisition by as much as $95 million.

Mind-Boggling: The Numbers Behind Ruzzle’s Rise (And Fall?)

Eat our D-U-S-T, Zynga … hey, wait, where’s everyone going?
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ATD Q&A: Zynga’s President of Games Steve Chiang

Here are some highlights from a recent interview with Steve Chiang, Zynga’s new president of games.
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Zynga Underwriter J.P. Morgan Reduces Stake to Almost Zero

J.P. Morgan now owns less than half of a percent of the social games company.
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Google and Apple Dominated App Installs on Android and iOS Last Year

Nope, it wasn’t Instagram or Electronic Arts. While most publishers complain about how hard it is for customers to discover their apps, here are two companies you won’t hear a peep from: Apple and Google. In 2012, the top app publishers by download were Apple on iOS and Google on Android, according to a year-end report published by Distimo, an analytics provider from the Netherlands. Apple, which has a half-dozen apps, earned an average of $7.43 per paid download, the report found, whereas Google made zero from its catalog of 60. In the case of Google, downloads included apps that were preinstalled on the handset.

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After Leaving Zynga, Wilson Kriegel Surfaces at Paltalk

Wilson Kriegel has been named president and COO of Paltalk, a provider of group video calls. Prior to joining the New York company, Kriegel was at Zynga, having joined the social games maker through the acquisition of OMGPOP, where he was chief revenue officer. Kriegel will be responsible for Paltalk’s growth and research and business development.

Zynga’s Next Gamble: An Ad Platform