New iPhones “on par with next-generation consoles” – Gibeau

Frank apple-watchGibeau and his team at EA Mobile spent their Tuesday like a lot of other tech enthusiasts: Grumbling about the quality of Apple’s stream of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch reveal.

The group gathered en masse in a conference room, as it does with every Apple reveal, to watch a broadcast that faded in and out (and occasionally came through in Chinese). But while the rest of us were gnashing our teeth in frustration, the mobile teams were already riffing on ideas about what they could do with the technology being introduced.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 coming to iOS

Civilization: CivRev2Beyond Earth isn’t the only entry in the time-sucking franchise coming out this year.

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 is on its way to iOS devices on July 2 and Android devices soon thereafter. The sequel to the 2009 hit game is more than just a double shot of Civ for fans, though. It could also be seen as a worrisome sign to console makers.

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10 Must-Play Mobile Games

Still hearthstonespending your time with Angry Birds or Candy Crush? While there’s certainly nothing wrong with flinging fowl at pigs or matching sweets, the maturation of mobile gaming is bringing about a new crop of must-haves, ranging from titles that can take just a moment of your time to games you can sink a few hours into and still barely scratch the surface.

If you’re missing any of these on your smart device, you’ll want to correct that quickly.

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Take-Two plays the waiting game with mobile

Strauss strauss zelnickZelnick on Wii U, Oculus Rift, and what happens with Rod Fergusson’s Bay Area studio now that he’s jumped ship to Microsoft.

While many video game publishers are racing to embrace the mobile world – and seeing some significant earnings in the process – Take-Two Interactive Software CEO Strauss Zelnick is moving cautiously.

There’s certainly potential in the market, he concedes – but, so far, the hardware isn’t where it needs to be to be a proper showcase for the company’s games. And he’d rather wait than make compromises.

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Peter Levin on Scandinavia’s Rise to Mobile Gaming Supremacy

The GeekChicDaily Presents GeekChicLAearly advisor to Rovio talks to THR about how the region’s focus on mobile design, social integration and upselling features led to Candy Crush and Angry Birds: “These games fill that bite-size need sitting on a line, on a tarmac, in a waiting room, or during a commercial.”

The rise of mobile gaming has created a new center of power in the gaming world: Scandinavia.

Led by companies such as Rovio (Angry Birds) and Supercell (Clash of Clans), developers there are leading the way in mobile aesthetics, gameplay and monetization.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Following massive user drop, Zynga folds its gambling plans

New zynga-poker-top630Zynga CEO Don Mattrick has a lot of work ahead of him.

As the company continues to see users abandon its games at an alarming rate, it has reversed course on its plan to pursue real-money casino games in the U.S., a combination that led to investors punishing the stock Friday.

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Report: U.S. gaming population is on the decline

Gaming, in some ways, seems bigger than ever. An explosion in mobile titles, the sheer size of blockbusters like Call of Duty and Halo, and a seamlessly endless barrage of requests from Facebook friends to join them in games points to a growing, healthy industry.

But new data from the NPD Group, the market research company behind the industry’s monthly sales charts, finds that the number of players is on the decline in the U.S. — and it’s falling faster than you can imagine.

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‘Ice Age’ coming to videogames

Fox is looking to extend the Ice Age.

The studio plans a trio of videogame tie-ins for the franchise — on consoles, mobile phones and Web browsers — to both whip up excitement about the film’s fourth installment this summer and give fans a way to stay engaged long after “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” leaves theaters.

Read more at Daily Variety