Social Gaming Roundup: Zynga, FIFA Superstars, OpenFeint, & More

FIFA SuperstarsFIFA Superstars Nominated at Best Free-to-Play Game — Electronic Arts and Playfish have received a nomination for the GameMaster Golden Joystick Awards this week for FIFA Superstars. The awards ceremony will take place October 21st.

Zynga to Gain EA Executive — Another executive from Electronic Arts is defecting over to Zynga, reports Develop. According to a “U.S. source” Jeff Karp, one of EA’s social games executives, is slated to join Zynga after 11 years at EA.

Jeremy Verba Leaves Zynga — According to VentureBeat, Zynga general manager Jeremy Verba has left the company after 19 months to become CEO of dating site, eHarmony.

OpenFeint Releases New Social Features — Aside from its activity in China, OpenFeint has begun its roll out of new social features for Android. This includes player status updates and a new message wall.

Mobage Releases for iPhone in Japan — DeNA has released its mobile social games network, Mobage, in Japan’s App Store this week, reports Penn-Olson. Though the platform has been available in mobile browsers, it did not have a dedicated app.

Zynga LawsuitZynga vs. Vostu Lawsuit Clashes Abroad —  Last week, Zynga filed its copyright infringement lawsuit against Brazilian startup Vostu, again, in a Brazilian court. This led to a preliminary injunction against Vostu. Now, TechCrunch reports that U.S. District Judge Edward Davila has issued an order that restrains Zynga from enforcing the Brazilian courts decision to shut its games down.

[Launch] Greenopolis Stays Environmentally Friendly in New Mobile App — The environmentally friendly Greenopolis has launched a new mobile app for iOS and Android dubbed RecyclePix. The social title allows users to take pictures of themselves and friends recycling and share them on social feeds. Doing so earns “Greenopolis Points” which can then be redeemed for real world rewards and discounts.

[Launch] Yazino Socializes Bingo as a Team Sport — Yazino announced the launch of its newest social game, Extreme Bingo for both Yazino.com and Facebook. Combining traditionally Bingo rules with the use of strategically placed power-ups (on the Bingo “Battleboard”), players are able to compete in synchronous, team-based play.