Loot Drop Bets on Talent to Compete in Social Games — Loot Drop has been adding to its list of veteran game creators as it moves to introduce its own games, VentureBeat details. It now includes Doom co-creators John Romero and Tom Hall, game designer Brenda Brathwaite (who was formerly at Lolapps), and chief executive Rob Sirotek. The first title is slated for release in the next few months.
SupersonicAds Launches BrandConnect — Virtual currency monetization firm, SupersonicAds, has announced the launch of BrandConnect this week. The new virtual currency monetization solution uses cost-per-engagement (CPE) brand engagement such as videos and branded widgets.
Electronic Arts Expands Partners Program to Social & Mobile Games — Electronic Arts has announced the expansion of its EA Partners program to the social-mobile space this week. Through Chillingo the company will support iOS and Android titles, and through Playfish, it will support Facebook.
San Francisco Mayor Announces Kabam Move — Social games developer Kabam is moving its office to downtown San Francisco. Announced by Mayor Edwin M. Lee during The San Francisco Business Times, the company will not only relocate and bring 150 jobs.
WeeWorld Launches Social Game Advertising Network — A new ad network for social games and virtual worlds has launched this week says Engage Digital. Created by WeeWorld, the new Social Game Advertising Network (SGAN) will help advertisers incorporate branded virtual goods campaigns into various titles.
The Duchess of Poker to Host Zynga Poker University — Zynga has announced that Annie Duke, “The Duchess of Poker,” will be instructing Zynga Poker University at PokerCon this month. The event will take place March 18-19 in Las Vegas.
Motorola Invests in Moblyng — Motorola Mobility has invested HTML5 games developer and publisher Moblyng this week. Though the amount is not disclosed, TechCrunch notes a filing indicating that Moblyng raised $7.5 million out of a $10.9 million round. Moblyng develops titles for Android, iOS, Facebook, and WebOS platforms.
CyberAgent Announces GameWave Social Game Platform — In a post from Serkan Toto, CyberAgent has announced it’s new social game platform, GameWave, for the iPhone. The platform is noted to be available this spring.