Category Archives: Wooga

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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Wooga Scores Another $24 Million

European social gaming company Wooga has secured an additional $24 Million in funding for further expansion in Europe and the Americas. Articles and analysis from:

The Wall Street Journal  ” Part of Wooga’s success has been to develop games for native languages, rather than U.S.-inspired games. Mr. Begemann said he hoped to use the money to expand further into emerging markets. “

TechCrunch ” Wooga was founded in 2009, starting out with just five employees and growing to 85 people today. The company has ambitions of hiring two more employees every week going forward, to reach 150 employees in total by the end of this year. “

Vator News  ” wooga (“world of gaming”), which develops popular titles like Monster World, Diamond Dash and Bubble Island, has doubled its user base this year from 14 million to 30 million monthly active users “

Video – Bubble Island by Wooga

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Is Wooga the Zynga of Europe?

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about the rise of Germany based social games developer Wooga, and their strong position in Europe. From the article:

” Jens Begemann, Wooga’s 34-year-old founder and chief executive, also attributes his firm’s success to its international focus. Region-specific teams inside Wooga translate games into seven languages, including Italian, French, Portuguese and Turkish, and tailor virtual items for sale to each market. The result is a user base that is majority European. “

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Wooga wants to be Number 2

German social game developer Wooga is moving up the ranks and says they are striving to be second only to Zynga by 2012. Articles and analysis from:

Gamasutra ” Wooga entered the social game space 20 months ago, and has expanded its total userbase to overtake Facebook developers like Digital Chocolate, PopCap, and RockYou in recent months. “

Games.com ” What’s even more exciting is to see how PopCap and Playdom will respond. As the competition comes to a head, it’s only a matter of time before one of these developers truly disrupts Zynga’s choke hold on the market. “

Video – Diamond Dash by Wooga


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LeWeb 2010 Social Games Panel

Industry experts from Wooga, Yahoo and others discuss social game business models, Facebook, mobile, brand integration, virtual goods, and strategy at the 2010 LeWeb Conference in Paris. Starts a little slow but gets interesting a few minutes in.

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