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Handango adds games from Digital Chocolate, I-play

Handango Inc. expanded its portfolio with two deals with mobile game makers Digital Chocolate and I-play.The distributor of smartphone applications added Digital Chocolate titles such as 3D Brick Breaker Revolution, Mini Golf 99 Holes and Shopping Madness; I-play's offerings include the licensed titles Deal...

Game developers look to tap community support: Cross-platform functionality may help mobile gaming grow beyond niche

While a tiny handful of entrenched mobile game makers cement their place at the top of the industry, a small army of startups are throwing all sorts of ideas against the wall to see what sticks. And community may be the stickiest feature yet.Community...

THE ‘IN’ CROWD: Content providers find success through social networking

CARRIER DECKS AND AGGREGATOR STOREFRONTS are so last year. Because application developers are quickly discovering that the hottest places to showcase their wares are the top social networking sites.Facebook last year opened its platform to third-party developers, spurring a flood of applications that users...

Executive Interview: Trip Hawkins

In the small world of mobile gaming, Trip Hawkins looms large. Hawkins designed his own major in applied game theory at Harvard University, and in 1982 founded Electronic Arts Inc., which continues to dominate console- and computer-gaming spaces. He launched Digital Chocolate Inc., a...

Digital Chocolate commits to free gaming: Publisher to supply 5 games through Greystripe

Digital Chocolate Inc. is the latest mobile-game maker to distribute its games for free.The publisher said it will make five of its games available through Greystripe, a San Francisco-based distributor of free mobile games. The titles will come wrapped in marketing messages that appear...

Mobile games not all fun and games

What's plaguing the mobile gaming market? Pretty much the same headaches that have been there for years.Mobile gaming continues to struggle to move beyond what publishers have dubbed the "golden nickel"-the 5% or so of mobile users who pay to download and play games...

I-play to support Nokia’s delayed N-Gage effort

I-play said it will support Nokia Corp.'s N-Gage gaming platform with a portfolio of casual titles.The U.K.-based publisher will begin to offer N-Gage games next year, starting with World Rally Championship and Super Mah Jong, and will focus on simple, "one-thumb" games. Glu Mobile...

Digital Chocolate expands to India, Spain

Digital Chocolate Inc. expanded its global footprint, adding development studios in India and Spain.The San Mateo, Calif.-based publisher picked up Small Device Mobile Technologies of Bangalore, India, which specializes in porting games across networks and devices. Microjocs Mobile from Barcelona, Spain, was acquired for...

Digital Chocolate launches new games for connected series

Publisher Digital Chocolate Inc. unveiled its latest mobile game offerings, introducing a series of titles that stress community themes and connected play.The San Mateo, Calif.-based developer launched the first five games available in the DChoc Caf

Small and nimble: Lesser-known game developers expected to drive innovation

Mobile game publishers have gained steady-if uninspiring-traction churning out titles based on blockbuster movies and classic board games. But what the industry really needs, some believe, is some fresh ideas. And they're unlikely to come from some of the more familiar names in the...

Digital Chocolate gets seat on LG phones

LG Electronics Co. Ltd. said it plans to pre-load games from Digital Chocolate Inc. on "multiple" new handsets in the United States beginning this month.The companies declined to disclose details regarding specific titles or handsets, and financial terms of the deal were not revealed....

Hawkins to industry: Think bigger

Trip Hawkins is at it again.The CEO of Digital Chocolate is proselytizing, pushing what he calls "Mobile Games 2.0"-an effort to create next-generation titles that incorporate familiar themes like community, user-generated content and viral marketing. And in the process, he's pointing out some of...

GAME DAY: Safe bets blamed for lack of growth in gaming

SAN FRANCISCO-TRIP HAWKINS last week sounded more like an exasperated coach than a mobile gaming executive. And he wasn't alone. "We just keep selling to the same customers," the CEO of Digital Chocolate told software developers during his keynote address at GDC Mobile. "Clearly,...

At GDC, mobile game-makers bemoan ‘giant sucking sound’

The opening day of the 2007 Game Developers Conference was all about 5 percent.While U.S. consumers increasingly use their phones to send photos and experiment with the wireless Web, mobile gaming continues to lag. Less than 5 percent of all wireless users download a...

Digital Chocolate, EMI and k-os link hip hop to mobile game

SAN MATEO, Calif.-Digital Chocolate Inc. is partnering with EMI Music Canada to include pop music into customized versions of its mobile games.The companies' first offering, Club k-os, is a takeoff on Digital Chocolate's Nightclub Empire game. The title will include the hip-hop artist's likeness...

Digital Chocolate guns down ‘The Sopranos’

SAN MATEO, Calif.-Digital Chocolate Inc. scored a high-profile franchise, inking a deal to produce a mobile game based on the hit HBO series "The Sopranos."The publisher said it will offer a Sopranos-branded game that will place gamers in the front office of the fictional...

Mobile gamers flock to simple games

Mobile gaming enthusiasts envision the day when they can play massive multiplayer titles that combine real-time interaction and pinpoint location capabilities with eye-catching, 3-D graphics. For now, though, the most popular games in wireless are old and simple. And they weren't originally built for...

E3 to tone it down

The videogame industry's annual extravaganza of booth babes, deafening sound effects and eye-popping displays is lowering its profile. And mobile game makers aren't complaining. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, which has exploded into a 60,000-person tech-fest, is going to be dramatically scaled back next year....

VC firms cheer Digital Chocolate in $22.5M round

SAN MATEO, Calif.-Mobile game publisher Digital Chocolate Inc. welcomed six new investors as it scooped up $22.5 million in Series C funding. New investor Bridgescale Partners led the round; other newcomers included Outlook Ventures, Mantagu Newhall, DN Capital, Glynn Capital Management and CHI Capital....

VC firms cheer Digital Chocolate with $22.5M round

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Mobile game publisher Digital Chocolate Inc. welcomed six new investors as it scooped up $22.5 million in Series C funding. New investor Bridgescale Partners led the round; other newcomers included Outlook Ventures, Mantagu Newhall, DN Capital, Glynn Capital Management and CHI Capital....

Mobile-gaming space surprised by different health assessments

Mobile game-makers spent their time at the world's largest video-game conference trying to reconcile two very different bills of health. A report issued by M:Metrics in advance of the Electronics Entertainment Expo earlier this month indicates mobile-gaming activity has been consistently flat during the...

Digital Chocolate, Heavy.com score MVNO content deals

SAN MATEO, Calif.-Digital Chocolate Inc. scored dual MVNO agreements, announcing deals to offer its games from the decks of mobile virtual network operators Amp'd Mobile Inc. and Helio L.L.C. Each operator plans to carry about two dozen titles from the publisher, which specializes in...

Digital Chocolate, Heavy.com score MVNO content deals

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Digital Chocolate Inc. scored dual MVNO agreements, announcing deals to offer its games from the decks of mobile virtual network operators Amp’d Mobile Inc. and Helio L.L.C. Each operator plans to carry about two dozen titles from the publisher, which specializes in...

Study: Mobile game market slows

SEATTLE—Consumption of mobile games has stagnated as carriers have steadily increased prices during the last six months, according to figures from M:Metrics. The research firm said the number of subscribers who downloaded at least one mobile game a month has consistently fluttered between 5...

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