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Zynga IPO….The Aftermath

Now that Zynga has gone public, what is in store for the world of social gaming? Analysts across the world weigh in on the industry and the impact of the IPO. Here’s a sampling:

Hugffington Post provides an excellent article discussing why Zynga’s IPO is a major victory for the Facebook social networking platform.

” Zynga and other app developers can tap into Facebook’s population of more than 800 million users, as well as the social network’s payment system, marketing opportunities and viral potential. “

Boston Herald takes the Zynga IPO behind the proverbial woodshed.

” The disappointing debut on the public markets may put a dent in the amount companies can raise in the future. Facebook, for example, has been rumored to be planning a $10 billion IPO in 2012, valuing the company at $100 billion. ”

Los Angeles Times “John Schappert, Zynga’s chief operating officer, said his company is on track to grow beyond Facebook. “

Fox News “Zynga, which makes popular games such as Farmville and Words With Friends, opened up 10% at $11, but closed down 5.8%.  “


Video: YouTube Description: Dec. 15 – GreenCrest Capital’s Anupam Palit says Zynga’s growth trajectory and its ability to turn a profit will provide additional upside for its stock once it starts trading

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VIDEO – Maha Ibrahim discusses the Zynga IPO

YouTube Description: Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Maha Ibrahim, partner at Canaan Partners, talks about the outlook for Zynga Inc.’s initial public offering and the social gaming industry. She speaks with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Video: Sean Ryan of Facebook

Sean Ryan,  Head of Game Partnerships of Facebook discussed the current state and future of the social gaming ecosystem. This is an excellent overview of the current Facebook social gaming environment.

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DeNA rolls out Mobage on Android

Online service giant DeNA launches their mobile social gaming platform Mobage into the global Android smartphone market. Articles and analysis from:

All Things Digital ” The idea behind the platform is that it will give players with common interests from around the world a place to meet up to play games — similar to Facebook, where you play games with friends from anywhere. “

TechCrunch ” Much like Zynga, the business model is to offer most games for free and monetize via sales of virtual items. As hinted at above, this model has worked very well for DeNA in Japan where the company is currently listed with a $7.6 billion market cap (you read that right) “

Marketwatch (Press Release) ” DeNA has had a business presence in China since April 2006 when it established a subsidiary in Beijing. In July 2009, DeNA acquired WAPTX LTD., DeNA China’s holding company, which owns the country’s leading mobile-only social networking service. “

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ShanghaiVille

Social gaming kingpin Zynga continues their expansion into other social networks and officially launches in China. The company will leverage local online giant Tencent’s massive reach to roll out its social games re-designed to reflect Chinese culture and customs. Articles and analysis from:

The New York Times ” The social game developer is introduced its first game in China on Tuesday, an adaptation of the extremely popular CityVille. Zynga had effectively been blocked from China because its games are played through Facebook, which is banned in the country. “

Los Angeles Times ” San Francisco-based Zynga, which has filed papers to sell its stock in an initial public offering, needs to show investors it can grow its audience beyond Facebook, where it already commands a significant share of traffic. “

Bloomberg ” Tencent had about 101 million users for its Pengyou site, President Martin Lau said on May 11. The company plans to increase spending this year on services including social media, Chief Executive Officer Ma Huateng said in March.”

 

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Marvelous Team Up: Lolapps meets 6waves

Mid-Tier social gaming companies Lolapps and 6waves team up to become a serious force within the explosive social games industry. Articles and analysis from:

Forbes ” Lolapps has been working with 6waves for the past 18 month and felt that 6waves had a similar focus on analytics and data-oriented design decisions in building games, says Arjun Sethi, CEO of Lolapps. 6waves was also attractive as a global publisher, working with Tencent in China, Mixi in Japan, and Zapak in India. “

Portfolio ” With 35 million monthly active users on Facebook between them, the merger will give the pair the No. 2 spot behind Zynga, which is way ahead with 274 million users. “

TechCrunch ” The combined company will be branded as 6waves Lolapps, but 6Waves and Lolapps will continue to function independently. CEO Rex Ng will become the CEO of the newly merged company, with Lolapps CEO Arjun Sethi reporting to Ng. “

Video – Ravenwood Fair in Nestea Commercial

 

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Big pop for PopCap

PopCap Games is acquired for $1.3 Billion by Electronic Arts. How will this massive acquisition affect the social games industry?Articles and analysis from:

The Wall Street Journal ” A PopCap executive offered to sell Bejeweled to Microsoft for $35,000 back in 1999.  “

Los Angeles Times  “What made PopCap attractive to EA and others that bid for the company was its ability to sell its games on numerous platforms. “

Forbes ” The social gaming company Zyngaoffered $1 billion in cash to acquirePopCap Games, but was turned down in favor of a more complex and potentially more lucrative offer from Electronic Arts, according to a source close to the deal. “

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