Justin Smith


IF: As More Asian Developers Build for Facebook, Regional Usage Patterns Change

[Editor’s note: Earlier this week, we took a closer look at how games are affecting how people use Facebook, especially in Asia.] We have written in recent months of Facebook’s […]

See You Tomorrow at the MIT/Stanford VLAB Event on Virtual Goods

Tomorrow night at 6pm in Santa Clara, California, the MIT/Stanford VLAB (Venture Lab) is hosting an event on the future of virtual goods titled Virtual Goods: Runaway Growth Opens New […]

Inside Virtual Goods: What Portion of Social Gaming Revenues Come From Offers?

This is a post by both Justin Smith and Charles Hudson When we set out to write the Inside Virtual Goods: The US Virtual Goods Market 2009-2010 research report earlier […]

LOLapps Partners with Atari’s Cryptic Studios, Launches Champions Online on Facebook

LOLapps, a developer of Facebook apps and games funded by Polaris Ventures, got its start building a white label quiz and gift creation platform for Facebook users. Since then, however, […]

Talking With Accel’s Kevin Comolli About This Week’s Playfish Acquisition

Earlier this week, game giant EA announced the acquisition of social game developer Playfish in a deal valued up to $400 million, that we first reported on a few weeks […]

Playfish COO: EA Acquisition Validates the Future of Virtual Goods in Social Games

Nearly a month ago, we first reported that gaming giant EA (ERTS) was looking to acquire large social game developer Playfish. Today, the deal was made official: EA is acquiring […]

Facebook to Deliver Platform Roadmap Today – Big Changes on the Way for Social Games?

Facebook is hosting a Developer Garage in Palo Alto this afternoon, this time called “Roadmap Edition.” Facebook says it will be giving developers a “sneak peak of the Facebook Platform […]

AppData Facebook Application Stats Service: Now Faster and With Daily Active Users

It’s been just over a year since we first launched AppData, the easiest way to track application traffic on the Facebook Platform. Since then, the number of interesting applications on […]

Inside Virtual Goods: Tracking the US Virtual Goods Market, 2009 – 2010, Is Now Available

While virtual goods have been driving revenues in Asia and Europe for years, 2009 will be remembered as the year virtual goods-based businesses began to scale in the United States. […]

See You at Virtual Goods Summit 2009 in San Francisco

The 3rd annual Virtual Goods Summit is rapidly approaching on Friday, October 30, at the Westin Market Street in San Francisco. The 2009 edition of the event will bring together […]