Tag: DeanBeat Mobile and Social

Facebook Gaming app debuts amid fight with Apple over instant games

Facebook launched its standalone Facebook Gaming app on iOS today, but it complained loudly that Apple would not let it launch instant games that are part of the app on Android. This Facebook app helps players find games and connect with friends. But it doesn’t let people play with each other instantly, as it does […]

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Zynga beats Q2 2020 expectations with bookings up 38% to $518 million

Zynga reported revenue and bookings today that beat expectations for its second quarter ended June 30, as more people turned to social mobile games because of the pandemic. The San Francisco-based social gaming company reported bookings of $518 million, up 38% from the same quarter a year ago, while revenues (which do not include deferred […]

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Blackout Blitz creator Big Run Studios raises $5.25 million for casual mobile games

Big Run Studios has raised $5.25 million in seed round funding led by game investment firm Transcend Fund. Game and tech investor Galaxy Interactive, via its Galaxy EOS VC Fund, also participated in the round. The Oakland, California-based studio develops casual mobile games that feature diverse characters. Big Run Studios’ hit, Blackout Blitz, is the […]

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Sky: Children of the Light hits 15 million more downloads in a month with China, Android launches

Thatgamecompany said its Sky: Children of the Light mobile game has topped 35 million downloads, including 15 million in the past month thanks to its launch on Android as well as in China. The soulful game from the makers of Flower and Journey launched in July 2019 on iOS. The team released the Android version […]

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Discord launches noise suppression for its mobile app

Social media platform Discord is launching noise suppression for mobile audio calls. That means no one will notice if you’re taking a walk at a windy park during a meeting — or making noises in the toilet. Based on the publicly available Krisp machine-learning-based audio filtering technology, Discord’s app will now filter out noise. The […]

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AppsFlyer: Mobile app and game fraud has dropped 30% to $1.6 billion since 2019

AppsFlyer said mobile app and game fraud was $1.6 billion in the first six months of 2020, down 30% from a year ago, based on its latest research. But while the drop is good for the mobile industry, the numbers show serious money is still at risk. As the pandemic stretches on and people continue […]

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At Pokémon Go Fest 2020, millions of players caught nearly a billion Pokémon

Niantic announced today that Pokémon Go Fest 2020 drew millions of players who caught nearly a billion Pokémon over the weekend. The annual fest took place on July 25 and July 26 as an online-only event, in contrast to prepandemic years, when it was held as a physical event in big parks in different regions. […]

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Mobile game publisher Gismart woos developers of hypercasual games

Mobile game and app developer Gismart announced it is seeking to partner with developers of hypercasual games to speed both development and publishing of their titles. The London-based Gismart is inviting experienced hypercasual, puzzle, and idle game development studios to partner with the company. Gismart is joining companies such as Crazy Labs in chasing after […]

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EA Mobile reels in Jeff Karp from Big Fish Games

Jeff Karp, the president of mobile game maker Big Fish Games, has resigned from that post to become the head of Electronic Arts’ mobile game division, GamesBeat has learned. Yes, I have to make the joke. EA has gone fishing, and it has landed a Karp from Big Fish. EA did not make Karp available […]

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Lenovo, Asus, and Tencent launch mobile game phones with Sentons GamingBar virtual buttons

Sentons has teamed up with Lenovo, Asus, and Tencent to create gaming smartphones with virtual buttons, which can be used as controllers that sense gestures, including presses, swipes, and taps. Lenovo has come up with the Lenovo Legion Smartphone, while Tencent and Asus created the Rog Phone 3 using Sentons’ tech. San Jose, California-based Sentons […]

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Ludia unveils Disney Wonderful Worlds mobile puzzle game

Mobile game publisher Ludia and Disney announced the new match-3 mobile game Disney Wonderful Worlds today. You can sign up on Google Play. It will launch there and on the iOS app store early next year. That’s a long way away, considering Wonderful Worlds as been in the works for nearly three years. But that […]

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Carbonated raises $8.5 million for squad-based mobile shooter

Last Chance: Register for Transform, VB’s AI event of the year, hosted online July 15-17. Carbonated has raised $8.5 million for its mobile game studio. It’s building a squad-based shooter that taps artificial intelligence as a core feature. The company has thought not only about incorporating AI into making mobile gaming easier, but it is […]

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Tilting Point acquires Plamee Studios and FTX Games assets

Last Chance: Register for Transform, VB’s AI event of the year, hosted online July 15-17. Tilting Point has acquired the assets of FTX Games and all of Plamee Studios from gambling technology software firm Playtech in Estonia, adding to Tilting Point’s growing portfolio of mobile games. New York-based Tilting Point did not disclose the purchase […]

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China removes Supercell’s Hay Day and 2,500 other games from iOS app store

Last Chance: Register for Transform, VB’s AI event of the year, hosted online July 15-17. The Chinese government has cracked down on unlicensed mobile games in China’s Apple App Store, removing more than 2,500 in the first week of July, according to measurement firm Sensor Tower. Among those removed are Hay Day from Supercell, which […]

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