Don’t Like In-App Purchases in Games? Deal With It, Says PopCap.

“That’s just a reality of the industry right now.”
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PopCap’s Bejeweled Executive Producer Leaves for Indie-Focused Studio

Add one more name to that list of ex-EA folks now at mobile 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.

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EA’s PopCap to Close Dublin Game Studio, Lay Off 96

Electronic Arts-owned PopCap has decided to close its game studio in Dublin after completing a monthlong evaluation period, according to a spokesperson; 96 jobs will be cut in the process. EA will continue to employ about 400 people in its European Customer Experience Center in Galway, Ireland. The layoffs were part of a recent broader restructuring that included 50 layoffs at PopCap’s Seattle headquarters.

PopCap Confirms Layoffs as the Billion-Dollar Payoff From EA Becomes Less Likely

As gaming shifts from paid to free, PopCap has to downsize.
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Ahead of Earnings: Can Electronic Arts Escape the Drag of Zynga’s Losses?

As the Olympics play out this week in London, there’s another pretty big games competition worth watching right at home: Zynga vs. EA.
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Following Four-Year Hiatus, WildTangent Reopens Games Studio to Focus on Mobile

After closing down its game studio in 2008, WildTangent said it will once again develop games — this time for mobile. It also thinks it has a pretty smart way to monetize those games.
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Game Developers Already Abandoning Google’s Social Network

It has been less than a year since Google launched games on the Google+ network, but already some game developers are calling it quits.
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Ubisoft Prepping Eight Wii U Titles, Including Exclusives Like Zombi U

Ubisoft is aggressively going after Nintendo’s new Wii U by publishing eight titles to coincide with the console’s launch sometime later this year.
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Mobile Gaming Is Hot, but Pocket Gems Won’t Sell Out

Pocket Gems says it is not for sale, even though other mobile gaming companies like OMGPOP and Funzio are cashing out at big valuations.
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OMG, Zynga Planning “a Few” More Hundred Million-Dollar Acquisitions

In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Mark Pincus said he’s looking for both great teams and companies that have break-out hits, and he’s willing to pay for them.
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