TabTale looks to help small indie developers with Crazy Labs publishing label [Interview]

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Educational app and game company TabTale announced its Crazy Labs publishing brand in late February, with the goal of creating fun new applications for audiences 13 years and older. Alongside the announcement of Crazy Labs came the reveal of Air Hockey Mania – Disky, an air hockey game developed by Playful Shark and Plaid Games.

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PopCap vets form collaborative game development team Fixer Studios [Interview]

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Inspired by the indie game-jam spirit, a group of industry veterans have come together to form a new mobile development team called Fixer Studios. Spearheaded by former PopCap Games manager Avery Alix, the “collaborative cloud” development team is made of a volunteer workforce, where members can join and scale the scope of their work based on their individual availability, previous experience and desire.

The team is comprised of around 30 members, but that number changes based on the availability of team members. The company is self-funded, and as members join or leave the group, the rest of the team reassesses current tasks to keep development on track.

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Pocket Gems launches interactive mobile story platform Episode [Interview]

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Campus Life developer Pocket Gems has announced the official launch of its interactive mobile story platform Episode. The app allows users to read visual stories, making decisions for the main characters along the way, and now features a Writer’s Portal for users to submit their own stories and see them brought to life on the platform.

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Mobile game news roundup: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Tiny Tycoons, Monster Match and more mobile favorites

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, game developers large and small are capitalizing on the holiday with themed content releases in their mobile games. From romantic hidden object scenes in Disney Hidden Worlds to Aphrodite butterflies in Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season of love this February, all without leaving the comforts of home.

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TabTale hits 300M downloads, 25M MAU

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Israeli publisher TabTale announced today some astonishing numbers, as their games and educational apps have not only hit the 300M download mark worldwide, but the company also boasts 25M monthly active users. What makes the numbers so staggering is the fact that back in December 2012, TabTale had only 20M downloads across all of its apps, so today’s announcement marks a 1,500% rise, while also boosting the company into the Top 10 of global publishing giants in terms of download volume. (more…)

Flirt Planet and the gamification of dating apps

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Can virtual flirting lead to romance in real life?

That’s the premise behind TrulySocial’s innovative new dating apps, Flirt Planet Meet and Flirt Planet Play, as users looking for love can now use their iPhone or iPad to practice their smooth moves on computer-controlled characters before actually interacting with other humans through the app. (more…)

Insider Q&A: Eutechnyx CEO talks emerging trends in game development, ACR Drift, and his company’s focus on F2P

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With over 25 years of video game development and hits that include everything from Auto Club Revolution to NASCAR, U.K. studio Eutechnyx has switched its focus away from consoles, setting its sights squarely on mobile’s free-to-play market. (more…)

Tapjoy: 90-percent of users have multiple music apps on their mobile device

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One in three people prefer their mobile device over desktop computers or radio when listening to music. (more…)

Zynga reports Q4 2013 results, announces NaturalMotion acquisition, layoffs

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Mobile and social game developer and publisher Zynga has revealed its earnings for Q4 2013, with the company announcing a full year of profitability in 2013 and Q4 revenue of $176 million. This is a 43 percent decrease in revenue year-over-year and a 13 percent decrease from Q3 2013. Zynga’s full 2013 revenue was $873 million, a decrease of 32 percent from 2012.

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First-ever M&A game hits iOS

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Ever wish you could build your own corporate empire, negotiating deals with competitors using every trick at your disposal, including flattery and bullying? That’s the world inside Ansarada’s M&A Game, the first iOS title to capture the shark-like world of mergers and acquisitions. (more…)

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