Why taking on Sony, Microsoft isn’t child’s play

One ouya-kabamyear ago, Ouya seemed poise to change the gaming world.

The console was a crowdfunding sensation. Having raised $8.6 million on Kickstarter in late 2012, its success attracted the notice of noted venture capitalists (Kleiner Perkins was among the firms that took part in a subsequent $15 million fundraising). With its $99 price tag, the Android system seemed poised to shake up the hierarchy of the console world. And that’s why it was one of two gaming companies named to CNBC’s 2013 Disruptor 50 list.

Read more at CNBC.com

Gamers: Your man cave is being monitored

On generic gamersan average day at Electronic Arts, players of the video game publisher’s hit title “Battlefield 3” create over one terabyte (TB) of data. In the course of a month, the company will collect more than 50 TB from its respective titles.

For a long time, that information wasn’t immediately harvested. Certainly, it would be sifted through as planning began on a sequel, but that was about it. Eighteen months ago, however, the company realized it was ignoring valuable data, and launched a program to change that.

Today, that program is quickly becoming one of EA’s most valuable assets.

Read more at CNBC.com

The Godfather starts social game turf war

Don Vito Corleone is about to make social network game fans an offer. Think they’re going to refuse it?

Kabam, the company behind Global Warfare and Kingdoms of Camelot, and Paramount, the studio behind “The Godfather” film series, are working together to bring the classic crime saga to social network sites.

Read more at Yahoo! Games

Paramount bringing new Godfather game to social networks

The Godfather is getting a second go-round in the video game world.

Paramount and game developer Kabam are teaming up to bring the story of the Corleones to social networks, likely including Facebook and Google+ – the first time the series has ventured into the casual gaming space.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog