Social Gaming Roundup: Rome, Television, Hackers, & More

Third CityKabam Launches New Glory of Rome Expansion — Social developer Kabam has launched its newest expansion to the strategy title Glory of Rome this week. Entitled Third City, it is purchased via a “Third City Deed” within the in-game store and allows more wilderness, extra field plots, more marches, and new art.

British Hacker Gets Sentenced for Stealing Virtual Currency — A British hacker, Ashley Mitchell, who stole 400 billion virtual gaming chips from Zynga‘s for Zynga Poker (worth $12 million) was sentenced this week. According to Guardian.co.uk, Mitchell will be spending two years in prison.

MocoSpaceMocoSpace Announces Game Developer Fund Recipients — Mobile-social gaming network, MocoSpace, has announced the first handful of developers to receive funding from its $1 million HTML5 Mobile Game Developer Fund. According to Engage Digital, the recipients of New Game Town, Joyplay, and Kooky Panda will be the first to receive both funding and marketing support.

Syfy Joins Social Gaming — NBC Universal has stated that Syfy Ventures will be getting into social games, says B&C. Developed under Syfy Games, the first set of titles will launch later this year, and be centered around the Syfy network’s gamete of shows.

GMODOlympus Games Creates Modding Social Marketplace — Fans of core game modding may have a new place to share their creations, says VentureBeat. A startup by the name of Olympus Games has a new social marketplace called Gmod where users can upload and share game modifications (“mods”). The social marketplace is currently in closed beta with around 2,000, or so, users.

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Rixty Goes Announces March Madness Promotion — Online games and virtual goods alternative payments platform Rixty has announced its biggest promotion ever, March Madness. From March 25th to April 17th, any user that purchases $25 in Rixty Cash will receive $5 extra for free.