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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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.
Mashable provides a good overview of Zynga’s “Adventure World” social game and also discusses how social gaming is moving towards more depth and complexity in games.
Social gaming gargantuan Zynga sets it’s IPO date for mid-December. Is this a historical “inflection point” representing the peak for the social gaming industry? Or is it just another step by Zynga towards world online gaming domination? Articles and analysis by:
Reuters Canada ” The IPO is expected to value the fast growing social gaming company at around $10bn, below some earlier estimates of as much as $20bn.”
New York Times ” In the first nine months of the year, the company notched $828.9 million in revenue, more than double the period a year earlier. It’s also profitable, earning $121 million since the start of 2010.”
Games.com “Zynga will reportedly ask between $8 and $10 a share on the Nasdaq under the ticker ZNGA–a fairly noticeable one, no?”
MSNBC asks the question, “Is Zynga worth 9 $billion?”
NPR ” The big picture here is that Zynga is a rare instance of success in the social media landscape. That is to say, it’s actually making money”
memeburn ” The company’s games on Facebook have more than 200-million active users. In fact, four out of the top five games on Facebook are from the Zynga stable. ”
UPDATE: Dean Takahashi from VentureBeat takes an in-depth look at Zynga and CEO Mark Pincus .
TechCrunch discusses how Zynga got a fast start on the Facebook platform in 2009 and never looked back
Reuters provides an insightful look into the company as it prepares to go public.
TechCrunch writes that going into their IPO, Zynga has locked down the top 5 gaming rankings on Facebook.
Quirky new social game Glitch has emerged from beta and now available for the masses. Articles and analysis from:
Digital Trends ” The game is separate from Facebook, but uses the social network site to connect with friends. With Glitch, you’ll have the ability to IM friends, view a friends’ activity stream and interact with forums. Though the game is free, players can purchase additional items and even subscribe to Premium service if they’re really into it. “
Forbes ” The game is so elaborate–but also open-ended–that it is difficult to boil down to a simple summary. Glitch takes place in the shared imagination of 11 ancient giants. People in Glitch play in real-time in one shared world, where everything that people do affects others in the game.”
CNET ” It is a puzzle-heavy, Web-based social game built around sending players billions of years into the past to develop the optimistic future that today seems increasingly unlikely. “
The Glitch Trailer
Sony modifies Playstation Home to provide a social gaming experience with free-to-play games. Will “Home” become a destination for online gamers? Articles and analysis from:
VentureBeat ” Home is evolving to become more of a platform for playing social games. The 230 titles available on Home are aimed at Home’s mostly hardcore fans, but they are lighter and more casual experiences than users would find in disk-based PlayStation 3 games. “
Financial Times ” With Sony providing core back-end services, Home is an attractive and easy environment in which publishers can develop, experiment and evolve their titles. It is pushing a freemium model of free-to-play games with players able to buy virtual items. “
With the Sims Social, EA has a runaway megahit game and is clearly becoming a dominant force in the industry, second only to Zynga. Articles and analysis of EA from:
InvestorGuide.com ” The company’s social games also include venerable franchises such as Bejeweled’ and Plants vs. Zombies’. Electronic Arts has a total of 72.3 million registered social gaming users across the Internet, which is still a third of market leader Zynga’s 275.4 million users, but EA’s gains have definitely caught the market’s attention. “
Montreal Gazette ” Chief Executive John Riccitiello told Reuters in an interview his company survived a “near-death experience,” three years ago when its profit shrank, game quality was poor and it lacked an Internet presence.
CNBC (includes video) Riccitiello said the Electronic Arts is now “aggressively” closing the gap between it and social gaming company Zynga thanks the release of its new Facebook game “The Sims Social.” He said the game is now number two in the social gaming space.