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@ SXSW: Mike Tyson KOs iPhone/iPad game for RockLive

AUSTIN, Texas--Former boxing king Mike Tyson showed up to knockout a promotion and sign autographs for RockLive's new iPhone/iPad game, "Mike Tyson Main Event" at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival on Sunday. The champ appeared approximately 45 minutes late, and forced a handful...

EA acquires Angry Birds publisher Chillingo for up to $80 million

In another major vote of confidence for iOS app developers, Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS) has acquired Chillingo for as much as $80 million.The publisher of the runaway-hit Angry Birds sold for less than $20 million in cash, according to The Los Angeles Times, but...

Mobile content revenues poised to jump threefold by 2014

Mobile content revenues are expected to more than triple from 2009 to 2014, according to a new report from eMarketer called "Mobile Content: Games, Music and Video Take to the Cloud."Building upon a compound annual growth rate of nearly 20%, revenues from mobile content...

GAME ON: Vollee looks to leverage networks to enhance games

It seems the entire mobile gaming industry is scampering to churn out pick-up-and-play, made-for-mobile titles that emphasize simplicity and downplay rich graphics and other sophisticated features.Vollee Inc. is headed the other direction.The San Mateo, Calif.-based firm is hawking a kind of placeshifting technology that...

Burger King taps Mobliss for mobile gaming push

Burger King Corp. is hoping to extend its surprisingly successful gaming effort to mobile.The Miami-based fast-food giant has tapped Seattle's Mobliss Inc. to develop wireless games that will be promoted through in-restaurant signage and packaging. The titles are slated to launch next spring and...

Q2 results: EA, Glu receive mixed reception from Wall Street

Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. surged while Glu Mobile Inc.'s stock tumbled after both companies issued quarterly earnings reports.EA, which continues to dominate the mobile gaming space, managed to exceed Wall Street's expectations despite a net loss of $132 million for the quarter. The...

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...

Report: Gen-X rule mobile gaming space, but Gen-Y gaining

Teens and young adults may dominate the console gaming space, but U.S. consumers between 25 and 34 years old represent the largest group of mobile gamers, according to new figures from The NPD Group.The market research firm found that in 2006, 29 percent 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,...

Nokia adapts N-Gage to new environment

Like a high-tech runaway bride, Nokia Corp. is readying for another N-Gagement. The handset maker is preparing to dust off the familiar-but tarnished-brand next year, expanding the N-Gage from a single, gaming-focused mobile phone to a platform for sophisticated wireless games across a variety...

EA, Gameloft show mobile gaming increases

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. jumped after the game-making behemoth reported increased mobile sales and surprisingly good overall quarterly revenues. The company rang up $35 million in mobile game sales, up slightly from the previous quarter's $33 million. EA reported $784 million...

EA, Gameloft show mobile gaming increases

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. jumped after the game-making behemoth reported increased mobile sales and surprisingly good overall quarterly revenues. The company rang up $35 million in mobile game sales, up slightly from the previous quarter’s $33 million. EA reported $784 million...

Entertainment revenues mere fraction of data ARPU

Wireless data revenues are surging for U.S. carriers, but whether network operators can cash in on mobile entertainment is far from certain. It's no secret that network operators are wagering vast sums on wireless data to offset ever-slimming margins from voice, and those bets...

I-play offering NBC’s ‘Office’ on mobile

LOS ANGELES—NBC Universal and mobile entertainment company I-play are offering on-demand scenes from the NBC comedy series "The Office" on mobile platforms. The agreement with NBC's Universal Mobile Entertainment makes one- and two-minute scenes from "The Office" available in North America later this year....

I-play plays with movie clips

LOS ANGELES—I-play is hoping to expand beyond mobile game-making, inking a deal with Universal Studios to market video clips to North American wireless users. RCR @ CTIAClick here for complete coverage of the CTIA Wireless I.T. show. Click here for the latest headlines from...

Hedgehogging

While perusing the Telus Mobility Web site-hey, it was a slow week-we noticed the Canadian carrier was offering a Motorola Inc. M800 Bag Phone for the bargain price of $500 without a contract. In this day and age of ever-decreasing phone sizes, we think...

Worst of the Week: Get New App

Hello! And welcome to our Thursday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCR Wireless News to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the...

Simplicity to propel wireless gaming

LONDON—Operators must make it easier for users to discover and download games if the mobile gaming market is going to move from niche-market to mass-market status, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms & Media. The market research firm said wireless games will...

HandyGames uses ads to offer free mobile games

SAN FRANCISCO—Mobile in-game advertising company Greystripe will partner with German publisher HandyGames to offer 28 free wireless games to consumers worldwide. The titles will employ Greystripe’s AdWrap for Publishers, an automated, online service that allows advertisers to target consumers who choose to receive marketing...

Mobliss, Mobile 365 get new CEOs

SEATTLE—Two prominent mobile messaging firms announced leadership changes. First up, Mobliss tapped a longtime console-gaming executive in an effort to create space on the wireless gaming playground. The company said Jim Merrick, a former Nintendo Co. Ltd. executive, will take the reins as Mobliss’...

EA closes on Jamdat acquisition

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Video-game powerhouse Electronic Arts Inc. said it completed its acquisition of Jamdat Mobile Inc. The $680 million deal was announced in December.Mitch Lasky, formerly Jamdat’s chief executive officer, was named senior vice president of EA Mobile. Michael Marchetti, Jamdat’s chief financial officer,...

Mobile Media Co. buys wireless game-maker, Mobile Streams allies with TruePosition

OSLO, Norway-The Mobile Media Co. said it has acquired Dutch game-maker Overloaded Pocket Media from Endemol N.V. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Overloaded develops and publishes wireless games for Java, Symbian, BREW and i-mode platforms, and distributes titles in 23 countries through 42...

Mobile Media Co. buys wireless game-maker Overloaded

OSLO, Norway-The Mobile Media Co. said it has acquired Dutch game-maker Overloaded Pocket Media from Endemol N.V. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Overloaded develops and publishes wireless games for Java, Symbian, BREW and i-mode platforms, and distributes titles in 23 countries through 42...

EA shakes up gaming world with Jamdat buy

Video-game giant Electronic Arts Inc. shook the mobile gaming world last week with the announcement it would shell out $680 million to acquire publisher Jamdat Mobile Inc. EA said it would pay $27 per share for Jamdat under terms of the long-rumored deal, sending...

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