Roadhouse Interactive acquires Chunky Pig, launches publishing services division

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Vancouver-based game developer Roadhouse Interactive Limited has announced its new publishing services division, which will work to partner with other developers from around the world to manage live game operations. This new publishing services division will be led by the team from Roadhouse Interactive’s newly acquired Chunky Pig, a digital marketing company.

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FunPlus raises $74 million for mobile social game development

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Mobile social game company FunPlus has announced it has raised an additional $74 million in Series B funding from Orchid Asia Group, GSR Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. The company’s offices in Beijing, San Francisco and Vancouver will use the funds to support the company’s growth, as well as develop and launch multiple new titles.

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Tapjoy launches nGen Platform for targeted, timely mobile ads

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Mobile ad-tech and monetization company Tapjoy has announced the launch of its nGen Platform, aimed at helping app publishers monetize their users more effectively. This is done through a variety of ad or engagement experiences, which utilize Tapjoy’s user targeting tools to deliver the right kind of ad to the right user, and at the right time.

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Max Axe dev ChangYou (US) announces $600 million developer investment program

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ChangYou (US) has announced its $600 million developer’s investment program, the CYOU Win Plan, aimed at helping independent mobile game developers release their games with the strengths of a major publishing studio. Via this program, ChangYou (US) will help developers distribute their games, and will support them via marketing and business operation going forward.

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Dragon City dev Social Point shifts focus to action strategy games

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Spanish game developer Social Point has experienced a year of massive success, with its mobile games Dragon City and Monster Legends boosting the developer’s catalog to over 40 million current monthly active users (MAU), according to our app tracking platform AppData. Since its formation in 2008, Social Point titles have been downloaded over 100 million times.

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Wix.com continues mobile expansion with acquisition of app builder Appixia

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Cloud-based web development platform Wix.com has announced its acquisition of Appixia, a platform for building native mCommerce apps. By joining forces, the two companies will allow businesses and individuals to build their online presence using the pair’s tools for creating native mobile applications. Wix launched its mobile adaptive solution last year, and now, over 30,000 new mobile sites are created by Wix users each day.

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Backflip Studios announces Backflip Publishing for third party titles

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Backflip Studios has announced its new game publishing initiative Backflip Publishing, which will bring the company’s mobile experience to third party game developers. As part of this announcement, Backflip Studios announced two partnerships with game developers: LightBox Interactive and HandCircus.

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Chartboost launches Video and InPlay ads for mobile games

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Mobile game discovery and monetization platform Chartboost has announced the release of two new mobile ad units, Chartboost Video and InPlay, aimed at making it easier for mobile developers to integrate video into their games. The new ads give developers the free technology to use in cross-promotions or in Chartboost’s Direct Deals Marketplace.

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Kabam acquires Underworld Empire developer Phoenix Age

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Social and mobile game developer and publisher Kabam has announced its acquisition of Phoenix Age, the developer of mobile and Facebook game Castle Age and iOS title Underworld Empire. The terms of the acquisition weren’t revealed, but the 44-person Phoenix Age team will continue to operate in its current offices.

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Twitch announces mobile SDK for broadcasting mobile gameplay

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Game streaming platform Twitch has announced its Twitch Mobile SDK, which will allow developers to offer live broadcasting, capturing and archiving of mobile gameplay in their apps. Like Twitch on PC and consoles, the Twitch Mobile SDK will allow users to capture and broadcast both mobile gameplay video and audio, as well as capturing video from a device’s front-facing camera.

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