Social Gaming News Digest for the week ending July 30, 2010
- By far the biggest happening this week was Disney's purchase of Playdom for up to $720 million. We had plenty of analysis, but also had some fun with the announcement.
- Speaking of Playdom, they signed on with the World Series of Poker to get some big-name branding on the game formerly known as Poker Palace.
- Speaking of brands jumping on the social gaming bandwagon, MTV's Jersey Shore got the Facebook game treatment this week.
- Rumors of Google's impending jump into the social game space continued apace this week.
- EA jumped into the deep end of the microtransactions market this week by signing a deal with LiveGamer.
- Zynga's long-rumored deal with Japan's Softbank finally went through to the tune of $150 million. The deal opens one of Japan's largest mobile networks to Zynga games.
- Brick-and-mortar game retailer Gamespot made big waves in online gaming this week, first with a promotional giveaway for subsidiary Jolt Online then with a surprising purchase of social gaming network Kongregate.
- Social gaming's growth has been good to Green Giant. It's also been good to the employees that make the games.
- And finally this week, a bunch of washed-up wrestlers are making a social game. So there.