William Hill CEO wants social games regulated — William Hill PLC CEO Ralph Topping took to his personal blog to say he believes social gaming needs to be regulated. Addressing the issue of hard currency, he said it, “sounds like virtual money to me, which some unscrupulous operators might, just might, be tempted to use to make social gaming a form of real-money gaming with no regulation – even available to children.”
Farm Kingdom gets summer update — Mail.Ru is providing Farm Kingdom with a major crop of summer updates. Players have new expansion options, including a fishing shore full of space for new buildings and new areas of the Royal Forest to explore.
Bingo Blitz comes to mobile as Bingo Rush [Launch] — Buffalo Studios is bringing its popular Facebook game Bingo Blitz to iOS under a new name: Bingo Rush. Bingo Rush provides a single-player experience, as well as new twists like the ability to play more Bingo cards and new power-ups.
Hotel Casino launches on Facebook [Launch] — Facebook players who want to enter the world of Bugsy Siegal and rule Las Vegas can test their mettle in Hotel Casino, developed by Merrywind, Inc. The game combines social gambling mechanics and city-building gameplay.
iLogos opens European headquarters — Ukrane-based indie game and outsourcing studio iLogos has established its European headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. Co-founder and CEO of iLogos Europe Alexander Goldybin says the new headquarters will allow the company to expand its presence throughout the European continent.
Eruptive Games gets $1M in funding — Vancouver-based Eruptive Games just snagged $1 million in funding from investors including Kevin Colleran (one of Facebook’s original ten employees), Kai Huang (famous for creating Guitar Hero) and Russian developer Plarium. TechCrunch reports Eruptive is targeting more hard-core players with its zombie-killing game Citizen Grim.
Facebook game named in PAX 10 —The folks over at Penny Arcade are gearing up for PAX Prime and have revealed the PAX 10, “the ten best indie games in regard to gameplay and overall fun-factor.” Developer Mango Down!’s Catch 22, an arcade game for both iOS and Facebook is included on the list.
Joe Monastiero is Ludei’s new president — Ludei, creator of HTML5 mobile gaming platform CocoonJS, announced this week that it’s appointed Joe Monastiero as its first president. Monastiero co-founded appMobie.