Don’t Regulate Me, Bro! Social Casino Companies Band Together to “Inform” Lawmakers.

The social casino gaming trade group ISGA wants to stop government regulation before it can start. Whether it’s going to start is another question.
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EA Founder Trip Hawkins Teases New Education Startup, Predicts Intense Disruption in Living Room

And Apple isn’t even one of his Top 5 candidates to win that disruption.
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New Acer PCs Will Launch Preloaded With Pokki-Powered Games, Including Zynga’s

The partnership makes a slew of Web-based games available to download and install in one click.
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Zynga’s Pincus: “None of Us Ever Expected to Face a Day Like Today”

It’s not easy being mobile.
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Zynga to Lay Off 520 Employees — 18 Percent of Staff — and Shutter New York and LA Offices in Refocus on Mobile

Right-sizing the gaming giant for the mobile market.
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Facebook Touts Gaming Numbers at GDC, Lays Out New Plans

Facebook’s focus on its gamers in 2012 appears to have paid off.
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Q&A: Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell on Innovation, the “Next Steve Jobs” and Why Mobile Games Are “Over”

Also, why Google Glass is the next big thing in gaming.
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Mobile Gaming Startup Red Hot Labs Raises $1.5 Million

Red Hot Labs, the gaming development startup founded by two ex-Zynga engineers who helped create FarmVille, announced Thursday it raised $1.5 million in seed funding. Investors include Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock Partners, SV Angel, General Catalyst Partners, Japan’s IT-Farm and others. The six-person outfit is currently working on a number of games under the Red Hot Labs banner.

Cut the Rope Creator ZeptoLab Plans Four New Games in 2013, TV Show in 2014

“Merchandising, merchandising! Where the real money from the [hit mobile game] is made.”
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Are Gamers Waiting for the New Consoles, or Have They Moved On?

Will it ever again be the right time to launch a videogame console?
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Zynga’s Next Gamble: An Ad Platform