Social gaming news roundup: SGN, Kabam and virtual goods

By Kathleen De Vere Comment

Playspan: virtual goods consumption up 28 percent since 2009 — According to a study conducted by digital monetization company Playspan, U.S. consumers bought $2.3 billion dollars worth of virtual goods in 2011, spending an average of $64 dollars per person. Playspan included purchases within a game or app, purchases from a console like the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, prepaid cards and purchases from online stores and publisher’s websites in its study.

Adobe unveils AIR 3.2 — Adobe has announced the latest updates to Adobe AIR. Version 3.2 of the tool includes both 2D and 3D hardware acceleration, which will allow games to run at 60 frames per second.

87 percent of US gamers play on Facebook or casual gaming websites — According to the latest study from Newzoo, 87 percent of the 145 million gamers between the ages of 10 and 65 in the U.S. either play games on Facebook or through casual portals like Newzoo also found that 87 percent of Facebook gamers also play games on casual games websites.

Kabam games now available on — Four of Kabam’s social games, The Godfather: Five Families, Edgeworld, Thirst of Night and Dragons of Atlantis are now available as full-screen, downloadable apps at The desktop apps are made by SweetLabs, and were previously available on the company’s Pokki platform.

FarmVille and CityVille go tropical — Zynga has announced the newest expansion for FarmVille will be FarmVille Hawaiian Paradise. The update, which includes a tropical landscape, buried treasure, aquaculture and a new special coconut currency, goes live on Monday. The newest CityVille expansion, CityVille Islands, launched on Feb. 29.

Fiveonenine Games signs with GamesAnalytics — Durham-based social and mobile startup Fiveonenine Games is the latest company to sign a deal with GamesAnalytics. Fiveonenine will incorporate the company’s analysis tools in its upcoming games.

Dungeon Overlord expanding, going mobile — Night Owl Games has added the first expansion to its Facebook game Dungeon Overlord, titled The Succubus Stories. The developer will also be unveiling a companion mobile app for iPhone and Android at PAX East in April.

[Release] Rounds releases Facebook game based on interactive music video — Israeli-based Facebook video chat app maker Rounds has released a game using its technology to promote the rock band We the Kings. The game, based on the video for the band’s single Say You Like Me, was developed by Interlude.

[Release] Marvel: Avengers Alliance launches — After a lengthy preview period, Disney has finally launched Marvel: Avengers Alliance on Facebook. Our full review of the game can be found here.

[Release] Syfy releases Syfy Monster Island — Cable network Syfy has released a social game based on its over-the-top original movies. Called Syfy Monster Island, the game allows players to hunt prey like the Sharktopus. Syfy Monster Island is available on Facebook and the Syfy Games website.

[Announcement] Mindjolt SGN now just SGN – As of Feb. 28, Mindjolt SGN is now officially just Social Gaming Network, or SGN.