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‘The Sims’ Facebook Game App Announced At E3 2011

Published by pratyushkp on June 8th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Wish you could be on Facebook both as yourself and as a virtual avatar version of yourself? Good news: here come “The Sims.”

EA will launch “The Sims Social” for Facebook as an extension of the popular Sims franchise. According to Mashable, a Facebook page for the game is already up, though no information has yet been released about when we can expect the game to go live.

“The Sims Social” will let users create avatars to interact with other Facebook users. There will also be a mobile app to accompany the game.

The Sims first launched back in 2000 and has since sold over 140 million units worldwide. In the game, users can play the part of virtual characters who interact with each other, get jobs, have babies and die.

EA’s new release would pit them against social game powerhouse Zynga, which dominates Facebook with popular games like Farmville and Mafia Wars.

Over 800 people have already reviewed the app on Facebook, despite the fact that it is not yet active. 900 users have also Like the games page on Facebook.

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  • The Sims Are Coming to Facebook (
  • The Sims Social: Yup, The Sims is finally coming to Facebook (
  • EA debuts a Sims social game (
  • EA’s Sims Studio & Playfish Bring The Sims to Facebook in The Sims Social (
  • The Sims creator Will Wright is making a Facebook game, and it’s not SimCity (
  • E3 2011: EA unveils strong games roster (

Zynga Announces Empires & Allies

Published by pratyushkp on June 1st, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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ynga, the creators of FarmVille and CityVille, is about to unleash its newest social game upon the world: Empires & Allies, the company’s first combat strategy game.

The social gaming giant describes Empires & Allies as “CityVille meets Risk.” Unlike FarmVille, where your goal is to build up your property through trade and commerce, Empires & Allies is about building an army and protecting your empire. Users can build army units, form alliances, secure energy and even invade other islands. In some ways, it’s similar to OGame and the other battle-oriented browser games of the early 2000s.

Unlike other Zynga games, Empires & Allies is driven by its story. The game has more than 30 characters that guide players through the storyline. The game isn’t focused on hardcore gamers though, and has many of the casual gaming elements that have made Zynga’s games so successful. “We’re focused on bringing our players a new form of entertainment and a strategy game is definitely a new playground for us,” Empires & Allies executive producer Amer Ajami said.

While this isn’t Zynga’s first combat game (that honor goes to Mafia Wars), it’s a more involved game that requires strategic battle planning and resource management. Zynga’s betting that the combination of in-depth strategy and social gaming will turn Empires & Allies into a lucrative time sink.

The game will become available on Wednesday in 12 languages.

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  • Zynga’s Newest Game Lets You Fight Your Friends (
  • Zynga Expands Empire with “Empires & Allies” (
  • Zynga Channels Settlers Of Catan In New Social Combat Game Empires & Allies; Debuts In 12 Languages (
  • Zynga unleashes Empire & Allies game ahead of impending IPO (
  • Zynga Moves Into Combat Zone With Empires & Allies (

Zynga Preparing To File IPO: Report

Published by pratyushkp on May 25th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Zynga, the force behind wildly popular social games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, and FrontierVille, is preparing to file its initial public offering, writes All Things D‘s Kara Swisher, citing unnamed sources “close to the situation.”

According to All Things D, Zynga may file with the Securities Exchange Commission “as early as this week, or next week at the latest.”

The IPO follows hot on the heels of LinkedIn, which was predicted to touch off a slew of IPOs by Internet companies such as Groupon and Facebook.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that Zynga’s revenues in 2010–the company’s third year in business–reached $850 million, triple what it brought in in 2009. In May 2011, following a fresh round of funding just south of $500 million, the company was estimated to be worth around $10 billion. It’s likely that its valuation could rise significantly, especially given investors’ red-hot demand for social networking sites and Internet firms, which has sparked talk of a second tech bubble.

By comparison, LinkedIn brought in $243 million in revenue in 2010 and was valued at around $8.45 billion, post-IPO.

The New York Times wrote in January of this year that an IPO by Zynga was “said to be unlikely in 2011.” The Times reported, Zynga “is in no hurry for an initial public offering and unlikely to seek one this year, according to people with knowledge of the company’s plans.”

Read more at All Things D.

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