Social Gaming News Digest for the week ending July 30, 2010
Things happen so fast in the social gaming space these days, it can be hard to keep up. For those who need a little help, here's a quick recap of some of the biggest social gaming news of the week.
- 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.