Digital Chocolate Launches Millionaire City on iPhone — Earlier this week, Digital Chocolate launched its popular Facebook game, Millionaire City, on the iPhone. It likely won’t be the last Facebook title that Digital Chocolate moves over, as the company has years of expertise in mobile gaming to leverage.
Bigpoint to Hire 80 in San Francisco — Good news for job seekers from the San Francisco Business Times: the German game developer Bigpoint is looking to hire 80 additional employees, including game designers, 3D artists, and Flash, C++, C#, Unity, and PHP developers. For those looking overseas, the company is adding over 200 jobs in its German studios and elsewhere.
Zynga Finding New Ways to Promote Games — Zynga tried out yet another game promotion this week, hosting a contest called “The Zynga 8-Game Challenge.” For 24 hours, any player that logged into YoVille, Zynga Poker, FarmVille, PetVille, Cafe World, Treasure Isle, Mafia Wars, and FrontierVille would be eligible to win, via a drawing, $1000, with 24 prizes in all. Zynga’s last bit promotional move was zLotto, which is ongoing.
Marvel Coming to Social Games — Game startup Smith & Tinker has made a deal with Marvel Entertainment, says VentureBeat. The deal will bring a very large brand into the social gaming space, as the developer revealed that it would be producing Marvel-based games for both Facebook and the iPhone with one being a “digital collectible game.” Since Marvel is a Disney-owned property, it’s possible that Playdom could also develop Marvel games.
Capcom to Launch Facebook Games — Another major company is coming to social games: Capcom, one of the most international of the Japanese developers. The Japanese game developer stated at the Tokyo Game Show that they would be launching three Facebook connected iPhone titles as early as this fall, according to Businessweek.
Russia-Based Investor Changes Name — Russia-based investor Digital Sky Technologies has changed its name this week to Mail.ru Group, according to Cnet.com. The company’s past investments include both Zynga and Facebook itself. [image via Cnet]
Social Games May be Killing Soap Operas — It’s no secret that many social game players are of the middle-aged, female demographic. That in mind, an interesting post from Business Insider suggests that their gaming addictions are leading to the death of daytime soap operas. That’s right, people like Facebook, Zynga, and Playfish could kill all that, ahem, quality drama.
GamersGate Launches Facebook Store – Digital distribution platform GamersGate has announced the beta opening of the GamersGate Store on Facebook. From here, players can shop for their games directly through Facebook.
CrowdStar Settles Tap Resort Lawsuit — Thursday, CrowdStar and Brooklyn Packet announced that they had reached a settlement over a legal dispute about Happy Island and the latter company’s Tap Resort for iPhone. The agreement will call for a complete redesign of Brooklyn Packet’s island-oriented title.
Adknowledge Reveals “Three-In-One” Monetization Platform — Adknowledge’s Super Rewards recently unveiled their “three-in-one” monetization platform. Through the new platform, developers will be able to integrate an in-game overlays for offers, offer banners, and an offer wall. Additionally, advertisers will have access to the Adknowledge’s BidSystem.
MySpace American Idol Auditions — According to My Fox New York, American Idol is coming to MySpace for Season 10. Users will now be able to submit their auditions through the social network. The online auditions will continue through October 6th.