Social Gaming Roundup: KISS, RockYou, Ngmoco, & More

Nightclub CityKISS Coming to Nightclub City — This Saturday, hard rock band KISS will be coming to Booyah’s Facebook title, Nightclub City, to perform a live streaming concert as part of the final show from their 2010 tour. Players that take part in the event will receive KISS virtual goods for both their avatar and nightclub.

RockYou Powers Deal of the Day for Facebook Devs — Earlier this week, RockYou announced that they’ve been working with many game developers to integrate the Deal of the Day service. These offers allow players of social games to earn virtual currency without giving email addresses, phone numbers, or credit card information. Deal of the Day users will be able to engage with brands by watching 15-30 second videos, completing short polls, or playing mini-games.

Plus+ LogoNgmoco Bring Plus+ to Android — Ngmoco is expanding its mobile, social network of games, by bringing the Plus+ platform to Android, according to Pocket Gamer

Disney Internet Chief Resigns — The New York Times is reporting the resignation of Disney’s president of the Disney Interactive Media Group, Steve Wadsworth. One of the potential candidates to take his place is chief executive of Disney’s recent acquisition target Playdom, John Pleasants.

Cinderella CastleDisney Comes to Social City — In other Playdom-related news, Disney has finally made an appearance in the popular Social City Facebook title. Players will now be able to collect various Disney themed gifts and items, with those that collect all eight receiving a Cinderella Castle.

Enteraction Launches GameShaper — The social gaming branch of Europe-based Etv media group, Enteraction, has launched a new platform called GameShaper. With it, brands, broadcasters, and rights holders will be able to make better use of the growing social games space by offering “significantly” reduced time to market, cost, and risk.

THQTHQ Partners with Joyent — A report from Forbes notes that long-time console developer, THQ, is teaming up with cloud-computing service, Joyent. The latter will power coming social games from the company.

RightScale Raises $25 Million — This past week, cloud management software provider, RightScale, has raised $25 million in a third round of funding, says VentureBeat. Providing a means to host and store online games, RightScale’s customers include social developers Zynga and Playfish.

How much data do these companies use? Zynga noted at the Oracle OpenWorld 2010 conference, this week, that the company uses around one petabyte of data for its social games, and has interacted with about 10 percent (roughly) of the world’s Internet population.

RekooRekoo Uses Cell Phone Address Books to Spread Social Games — Chinese social developer Rekoo has found a creative way to virally spread its social games through mobile phones, reported in English by Asiajin. Partnering with Japanese mobile provider, KDDI, players will be able to invite other KDDI subscribers to play social games directly through their phone’s address book.