Social Gaming News Digest for the week ending Aug. 13, 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 that happened this week:
- Google supposedly spent $75 million on virtual currency platform Social Gold, further feeding rumors of the company's social gaming plans. Analyst Colin Sebastian has some interesting ideas about what such plans would mean for the rest of Google.
- Disney Boss (and new Playdom owner) Bob Iger got positively giddy at social gaming's prospects on a conference call.
- Farmville disappeared from MSN Games, likely due to poor traction from users there.
- We didn't get Madden on Facebook, but we did get an announcement for Gasworks' Title Town Football, targeted for next month.
- eMarketer reported that social games advertising will be a $220 million market this year. Still only 20% of social gaming revenues, though.
- The biggest social network in the world's biggest country announced it had gotten bigger, thanks in part to games.
- Golden Nugget became the first real-world casino with a Facebook game.
- Square Enix continued its Japanese social gaming push with a freemium RPG.
- OMGPOP signed on to integrate their games into myYearbook's social network.
- Playdom explains why they're trying to get a foothold in the European market while the getting is good.
- Rixty offered bonus Facebook Credits for your loose change.
- Zynga offered Petville and Treasure Island cash at 7-Eleven.
- HeyZap offered HTML5 support in addition to Flash.