Zynga and Facebook: Are the naysayers wrong?

In farmville2this op-ed, Gamasutra editor-at-large Chris Morris tries to figure out why investors are so down on what could be a good thing for Zynga.

So Zynga and Facebook have agreed to see other people — and Wall Street is freaking out about that.

Zynga shares were down 8 percent in early trading Friday after the companies restructured their working agreement. And while those investors certainly have a right to be mad at Zynga in general, I think they might be getting it wrong this time.

Read more at Gamasutra

Vidgames face great divide

Forget Xbox vs. PlayStation. In the videogame industry, the biggest brewing battle these days is the one between traditional developers and the new breed — those who specialize in Facebook and iPhone titles.

While social networking games and mobile gaming apps are still dwarfed financially by franchises like “Halo” and “Call of Duty,” they’re stealing eyeballs — and talent — from the console world. And, according to some high-ranking execs, they’re putting the future of the industry at risk.

Read more at Daily Variety

Retail purchases make up just 60 percent of game industry’s total

September’s retail sales numbers for the video game industry might have stunk up the joint something terrible, but there’s one bright spot to be found.

The NPD Group, for the first time, has released a new spending report that incorporates not only retail sales, but used games, game rentals, subscriptions, digital full game downloads, social network games, downloadable content, and mobile game apps.

Read more at Variety’s Technotainment blog