Yahoo Japan and GREE join forces, co-found new social game dev— Yahoo Japan and GREE announced this week they were launching a joint-venture company that will be focused on developing social games for smartphones. The company’s name is GxYz; GREE will hold a 51 percent stake in the company, with Yahoo owning the rest. The two parent companies committed approximately $2.2 million to the new developer, which will be focused on Japanese audiences.
Arcane Legends rolls out “Kraken Isles” update— Spacetime Studios’ Arcane Legends had its newest update, Kraken Isles, launch this week. The expansion brings pirate action to the game, with increased level caps, new pets and gear to collect and the ability to travel by ship. Arcane Legends is available for free on the App Store, Google Play or the Chrome Web Store.
Draw Something reaches 100 M downloads— Zynga announced Draw Something reached 100 million downloads this week. To celebrate the milestone, Zynga released an infographic to note several of the game’s highlights, including being played in 190 countries for a total play time of of 28,000 years. You can see the full graphic on Zynga’s blog.
[Launch] Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary arrives on iOS — DeNA and Runaway this week released Flutter: Butterfly Sanctuary on mobile devices this week. THe game has players caring for sections of a rainforest where they raise butterflies.
[Launch] MLB: Full Deck arrives on Android— GREE’s baseball-themed card-battling game MLB: Full Deck has proved popular for the developer on iOS, and now it’s coming over to Android. GREE says the game can be played across any mobile operating system (meaning iOS and Android users should be able to play against one another).
[Launch] Zombies & Trains lurches to Android— We get a lot of of notices about games with zombies, but this is a new one. Norwegian developer Dragonhead Games just launched Zombies & Trains! for Android, following the game’s iOS release. Players use trains to “blast through waves of zombies” and the game is available for $0.99.