This week in social games companies were breaking records. We saw Digital Chocolate launch its 4th Facebook game in 2 weeks, Crowdstar bring its games to MSN Games, Zynga launch its first international title CityVille in 5 languages and port Mafia Wars and FishVille to Yahoo, EA Sports announce PGA Tour Golf Challenge for Facebook, and Wooga become the third company to have games with over 1M DAUs.
We compared 4 monetization companies on the merits of multi-platform billing, in-game payments and ease of integration. We also saw Disney partner with Gowalla and PlayFirst partner with Charles Chocolates to let users create artisan confections within PlayFirst’s Chocolatier title on Facebook and order them from within the game. The list of this week’s biggest social games news is below. Sign up for our newsletter in the right hand column for daily updates!
In an astonishing feat, Digital Chocolate has launched their latest title called Epic Fighters. This is the 4th game being released in a cascade of back-to-back launches all within 2 weeks. This record setting streak is sure to set the bar high for all social gaming companies.
The second biggest social game developer behind Zynga, Crowdstar, today announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring its titles on to Microsofts’ gaming platforms starting with Bing.
Users are global and access to content should be ubiquitous across all platforms. Developers need a single, unified, billing system to cover all devices and monetize users globally. In this article, we summarize four key players in this monetization solution space as relates to multi-platform billing.
Interactive game publisher PlayFirst today announced that it will let players make and order award-winning Charles Chocolates confections in its popular Facebook game Chocolatier(R): Sweet Society. This is one of the first mergers of virtual and digital goods on Facebook.
Yahoo! is welcoming the addition of two games from the social gaming giant Zynga, namely Mafia Wars and FishVille, to its Yahoo! app platform games initiative. Yahoo will also be working with OMGPOP to feature games on YahooIM.
EA Sports has announced that the will be releasing EA Sports PGA TOUR Golf Challenge, a casual golf game for Facebook that will launch in Winter 2010.
Today Zynga unveiled its newest game, CityVille, which lets players build their dream city while trading with neighbors. CityVille will premiere in 5 different languages: English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, making it the social gaming powerhouse’s first international launch.
Social game developer Wooga is proudly announcing the launch of their latest game Happy Hospital. The company is doing quite well as 2 of their games have over 1M DAUs, making it one of only 3 developers asides from EA and Zynga to have games above the 1M DAU marker.
“I’m going to Disney World.” It’s the chant of Super Bowl champions and award winners alike, and now Gowalla users too. For Disney fans it’s a new, virtual way to share memories. For Gowalla, the partnership with Disney could be a game changer.