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News ByteKing said in a press release that it has crossed the 70 million mark in daily active players across all platforms. That puts it within striking distance of Zynga’s all-time quarterly peak of 72 million daily active users (achieved in Q2 2012), and well beyond that competitor’s latest quarterly total of 52 million DAU, as reported last month. The company also said that its cross-platform games are now being played more than 21 billion times per month.
News ByteClub Penguin, is slated to roll out today, the company said in a press release. Players will be able to customize and sync their penguin characters between the iPad app and the popular Web-only Flash game, and also play four mini games ported over from the Web. Disney Interactive VP Chris Heatherly (who sat down for a Q&A with AllThingsD last month) said the studio plans to update the app roughly once a month until the whole game experience is playable on mobile.
News ByteKotaku reports that about 150 people have been laid off as a result of the company closure. In addition to the many Star Wars videogames LucasArts had released over the years, the studio was also known for games like Sam & Max, The Secret of Monkey Island and Afterlife.
News Bytemobile indie game publisher Tilting Point: Giordano “Gio” Contestabile, who until recently supervised the Bejeweled franchise at EA subsidiary PopCap Games. Contestabile joined PopCap in 2007, right before free-to-play games went wild on mobile. Before producing the hit puzzle series Bejeweled, he managed the business end of PopCap’s mobile games, including Plants vs. Zombies. As Tilting Point’s new VP of product management and revenue, Contestabile joins fellow EA vets Tom Frisina, Dan Sherman, Steve Coallier and Jim Hsu.