Social Gaming Roundup: New Social Games, Playdom Contest, Unity Awards & More

Unity AwardsUnity Technologies Announces Unity Award Finalists — Unity Technologies has announced the finalists for its annual Unity Awards for games on the web, iOS, Android, and consoles. For games in the social space, Cmune Games’ UberStrike is nominated for Best Cross-Platform title and a Community Choice award while Nival Interactive is up for Best Gameplay with King’s Bounty: Legions.

Zynga IPO Delayed — According to Reuters, Zynga may be delaying its initial public offering. The delay is partially due to questions the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has regarding the company’s means of measuring daily and monthly active users and its bookings. Another reason behind the delay is poor market conditions.

Deep RealmsPlaydom Seeks Armor Designers — Playdom is issuing a virtual call to arms for Deep Realms. Designers and illustrators of all kinds are invited to design a suit of armor for the social game. The winning design will become part of the game and its artists will receive $1,000. Additionally, the 10 highest voted submissions and five runner-ups will be featured in an online gallery.

Woozworld Raises $6 Million — Children’s virtual world Woozworld has announced a $6 million round of funding, reports VentureBeat. The company is looking to use the money to expand Woozworld onto mobile platforms.

Whale Wars Captain Paul Watson Endorses Social Game — Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepard Conservation Society and the TLC show Whale Wars officially endorsed the social game, MyConservationPark. Through a partnership with Sea Shepard, developer Good World Games will donate 15% of earnings to the Sea Shepard Conservation Society.

Dungeon OverlordNight Owl Games Displays New Social Game at PAX — At the Penny Arcade Expo last weekend, Night Owl Games debuted a new social strategy game by the name of Dungeon Overlord. The game tasks users with the management of an army of orcs, keeping them happy and equipped (with the construction of buildings and paths) so that they can battle through dungeons automatically. Players can work with friends to boost aspects of their army as they attempt to expand their dominion across the game world.

[Announcement] Bearville.com Passes 20 Million Avatars — The social virtual world for children that utilizes the Build-A-Bear-Workshop brand, Bearville, has reached a new milestone this week. Developer Frima Studios announced that the game has surpassed 20 million avatars.

Conquer Online[Announcement] NetDragon Websoft Announces Completely Free iPad & Facebook MMOG — Chinese online games developer and operator, NetDragon Websoft has announced that it will be bringing Conquer Online to iPad and Facebook as a free-to-play MMOG. The company states that the game will host no download fee, no subscriptions, and no in-game “Shopping Mall.”