Connected Gaming Week - May 11, 2012
Statistically speaking, Angry Birds, the reigning king of all mobile games, has been downloaded by one out of every seven people on the planet as the highly entertaining slingshot game eclipsed its billionth download this week. Not that Angry Birdsdeveloper Rovio would need to do anything else after it's Facebook- and Zynga-scale success, but the company just revealed its next mobile title: Amazing Alex. The new physics game is the first departure from the furious franchise for Rovio. Only time will tell if Angry Birds was just "lightning in a bottle" or if Rovio found the secret for mobile success.
Research firm Frank N. Magid Associates has some troubling news for social game publishers, as detailed in the Magid Media Futures 2012 study. According to the news, social gaming is in a slump, with plateauing user numbers (just 2 percent increase), declines in time spent gaming (7 percent decrease) and depressed user spending (34 percent decrease).
One could speculate that "RecessionVille" (gave myself a pat on the back for that one) is due to the problems that plagued Facebook gaming from day one - lack of proper discovery channels. With the amount of saturation of games on Facebook, it will take new innovations to really set social gaming apart from mobile ports. If you'll recall last week's CGW, Spil Games found tweens were spending more time on mobile devices, so the secret to turning around the negative trend could be making Facebook stand as a unique gaming platform again.
Check out the links below for more news from the world of online gaming in this edition of Connected Gaming Week, and have a great weekend.
Android über alles: Google's OS Now Makes up Majority of All Smartphone Sales
U.S. Retail Game Sales Suffer in April as Release Lineup Remains Sparse
Social Game Audience Growth is Slowing in the U.S.
THQHopes Company of Heroes 2 Will Boost Bottom Line
EA Sees Record Year Following Digital Push
Online Game Publishing Powerhouse Level Up! Inc. Merges with IP E-Game Ventures Inc.,
Strong Retail Sales Help Tecmo Koei to Increased 2011 Profits
Machinima may become Google's First Original Content Investment
Atari Revenues Drop as Company Shuts Down Eden Games, Refocuses on Mobile
Free-to-play Business Model Pays Off for Nexon in Q1
Report: GameStop to Start Selling Steam Vouchers Next Week
Rovio Reveals New Game
Nvidia's Earnings Drop 55 Percent with PC Slowdown, but Beats Expectation
Need for Speed and Dead Space Titles Coming by March 2013
Dark Souls Sells 1.19 Million
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Rides in June
Milestone for a Mobile Blockbuster: Angry Birds Hits 1 Billion Downloads
Take-Two Delays Highly Anticipated BioShock Infinite until Feb. 2013
Darksiders II Developers Contemplate the Nature of Death
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Sell 3.28 Million Copies
Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Ships 2 Million
McDonald's Happy Studio Makes Life Happy For Kids
SG Interactive Unleashes the Leviathan in Grand Chase: Heroes
Project Blackout Outpost Wheel of Fortune FREE Spin Giveaway Event!
Elsword Online News - New Defense Dungeon Added
Playing for Keeps in Planet Cyrene's Real-Money Arenas
Electronic Arts Commits $80 Million to Next-gen Console Development
PS Vita Sells 1.8 Million Units Worldwide
Microsoft Announces $99 Subsidized Xbox 360 Bundle
Casual Connect Asia, Singapore, May 22 - 24
Nordic Game 2012, Malmö, Sweden, May 23 - 25
E3, Los Angeles, June 5 - 7
Apple WWDC 2012, San Francisco, June 11 - 15
MobileBeat / GamesBeat, San Francisco, July 10-12
San Diego Comic-Con, San Diego, July 12-15,
Gamescom, Cologne, Aug. 15-19
PAX Prime, Seattle, Aug. 31-Sept. 2
LOGIN, San Francisco, Sept. 26-27
GDC Online, Austin, Oct. 10-13