Wednesday Mobile Roundup: Game Ports, Funding, IP Expansion & More
Infinity Blade X to Come to Mobage — Japanese company, DeNA has announced that the popular Infinity Blade iOS title will becoming to its Mobage platform as its first title run by the Unreal Engine. The game will be dubbed “Infinity Blade X” and will be created in collaboration with Epic Games and ChAIR Entertainment. As part of Mobage, the game will a free-to-play social title, mixed with the original game’s combat mechanics, and monetize through virtual goods. It is expected to be released this fall.
Fruit Ninja Coming to Facebook — Mobile developer Halfbrick is expanding its popular Fruit Ninja iOS game to the Facebook social network. The company tweeted that” Fruit Ninja Frenzy” would be coming to the platform “soon,” and that users can earn a chance at testing the Alpha stages by filling out a short survey. Halfbrick also previously announced the game’s coming to Xbox Kinect.
Magic: The Gathering Creator Works On Coming iOS Game, Kard Combat — Hothead Games has recently announced its next iOS title, Kard Combat.The strategic collectible card game contains several game modes, including multiplayer, but is also being developed with Richard Garfield, creator of the original Magic: The Gathering collectiblecard game. A preview of the game can be found here.
Loopt Adds U-Deals — Loopt has added a new service called U-Deals that adds a new point of view to location-based deals. Through U-Deals, users will be able to request deals of their own, and once enough have been requested, Loopt will contact the merchant and request it.
Outfit7 to Make Film, TV, & Book Brands — Following the example of Rovio Mobile, Outfit7, the iOS developer behind several talking avatar apps has signed a deal with William Morris Entertainment, says VentureBeat. Through WME, the Outfit7 brands, such as Talking Tom Cat, will expand to movies, TV, and books.
Shazam Raises $32 Million — Music tagging software developer, Shazam, has raised massive new $32 million roundof funding. The round was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners. DN Capital also participated. In short, Shazam is an application that allows users to identify a piece of music by holding the smartphone up to a speaker.
Glympse Raises $7.5 Million — In more funding news, Glympse has raised$7.5 million is a Series B round led by Menlo Ventures and Ignition Partners, says TechCrunch. Glympse is a location based app that allows users to share their location with only select friends for only a few hours at a time.
China Marked as 2nd Largest iPhone App Market — According to a report from Distimo, and highlighted by TechCrunch, China has become the second largest application market for iOS behind the United States. What’s more impressive, is that Apple only recently opened an App Store there last Fall. Despite the vast number of downloads, revenue is still below both the U.S. and Europe with most Asian markets downloading free version apps (e.g. ad supported).
Apple Moving Into Television Displays — According to a post from Daily Tech, a former “Apple executive” has noted that Apple is looking to get into the television display business. Though nothing is official, Apple will supposedly team up with an unnamed television supplier to create the branded TV set which is said to be bundled with both Apple TV and iTunes.
Ngmoco Hires Ben Cousins for New Swedish Studio — Yesterday, the former general manager of Electronic Arts, Ben Cousins, was hired by mobile games company, ngmoco, says Gamasutra. Through Cousins, ngmoco will be tasked with establishing a new Swedish studio in Stockholm.
A Month on Android — In an interesting piece from Making Money With Android, a mobile developer highlights the ups and downs of a game demo uploaded to the Android Market. Pointing out important metrics such as download numbers and revenue figures, the provides interesting insight into what new Android developers could expect.