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Zynga Names Clive Downie as New COO

A new exec with a past in social and mobile gaming.

Ngmoco Team Reunites for N3twork to Restructure the Web With $12M From Kleiner Perkins

The company wants to reorganize the Web around interests. What does that mean? We’ll see!

Schadenfreude With Friends: Zynga’s Rivals Explain Why They’re Not Also in Trouble

A few thoughts from the execs at some of Zynga’s top challengers.

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Social Games Company DeNA Names New Ngmoco CEO

Clive Downie, former VP of marketing at Electronic Arts, has been named CEO of mobile gaming company Ngmoco, parent company DeNA announced on Friday. Founder and former CEO Neil Young will continue to serve on DeNA’s board of directors while he moves on to his “next adventure” with co-founder Bob Stevenson.

Funzio’s Big Exit to Gree Fueled by Only Three Hit Game Titles

Funzio’s $210 million sale to Tokyo-based Gree this week makes it the second mobile game company with a relatively short operating history to be snapped up recently.

Japan’s Gree Buys Mobile Social Game Developer Funzio for $210 Million

Gree, the Tokyo-based company that bought OpenFeint for $100 million last year and is trying to build a global mobile social network, has acquired Funzio for $210 million.

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Ngmoco Hires Former Mattel Exec to Head Up Marketing

Following the recent appointment of a new COO, San Francisco-based Ngmoco continues to fill out its executive team. It has hired Michael Staskin as CMO to lead global marketing and communications, including the launch of Mobage, a mobile games platform. Previously, Staskin was VP of Marketing at Sisal, a gaming and lottery company in Italy; before that, he held several positions for Mattel. He will be based in San Francisco.

Ngmoco Hires COO From Current TV Ahead of Major Growth Spurt

Ngmoco has hired Joanna Drake Earl to be its second in command as the game company grows and begins to fully execute its vision of being a mobile entertainment network.

U.S. Mobile Game Revenues Expected to Double in 2011

U.S. mobile game revenue has started accelerating, fueled by new game publishers coming into the space and the ability to make more than 99 cents per download through the rise of the free-to-play business model.

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