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Tencent buys minority stake in Epic Games

Tencent buys minority stake in Epic Games

China's Internet giant, Tencent, has purchased a minority stake in leading US game developer Epic Games, maker of the Unreal gaming engine that powers many of the high-end console-quality franchises such as Mass Effect and Gears of War. Epic Games is also behind the popular console-quality iOS mobile game Infinity Blade.

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Zynga usage declines, stock drops to record low

Zynga usage declines, stock drops to record low

Zynga, known for its popular online games for Facebook, has just seen its shares drop to a record low of $4.98. It's the lowest price since the company first began selling its shares at $10 in its IPO back in December. The drop came after analysts at Cowen & Co. revealed that usage of Zynga's games had declined last month as more players switched over to mobile gaming.

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Facebook offers carrier billing for Credits

Facebook offers carrier billing for Credits

When it comes to Facebook's social commerce platform, the site has managed to create an amazing system of monetization. People are buying premium items in games, paying for bonus features, and spending money to increase the amount of time they can spend in the game. In other words, Facebook Credits is bringing in huge amounts of money for the social networking site, but it wants to go further.

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Zynga adds Buzz Monkey to its quiver

Zynga adds Buzz Monkey to its quiver

Social gaming giant Zynga has decided to make yet another acquisition. The company has purchased a company called Buzz Monkey. The amount of money it paid was not reported, which means it was not excessive. Very large acquisitions need to be reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Buzz Monkey proved itself with games like Army of Two: 40th Day and Tomb Raider titles.

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Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

If there was ever a testament to how even the most hardcore gaming enthusiasts are in jeopardy of being overtaken by the uprise in the casual, social fare that the industry is beginning to see, it would be this story. A man with a seemingly top-of-the-line job in the video game industry for one of the biggest hardcore franchises has just left that job to work for Zynga.

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GameStop touts Android tablets at 1,600 stores

GameStop touts Android tablets at 1,600 stores

It seems as though GameStop's bold move to begin offering Android tablets alongside its traditional packed shelves of traditional console and handheld video games may be working out in its favor. The retailer has gone from a bunch of test stores to now selling Android devices in no fewer than 1,600 locations. Among the tablets that the #1 US games retailer sells are those from Acer, Asus, Samsung, and Toshiba.

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Angry Birds Heikki coming June 18th

Angry Birds Heikki coming June 18th

When will the pain end? Not anytime soon, apparently. Rovio is content to milk the Angry Birds franchise for all it's worth, announcing that the next installment will involve motor racing. Angry Birds Heikki will be a web-based game that will launch on June 18th. Rovio say that the game won’t be a radical departure from existing Angry Birds games, but will feature “racing themes.”

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Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Social gaming giant Zynga has just added another notch to its belt. This one was created with a very specific niche in mind - targeting women gamers on mobile platforms. The company in question is Wild Needle, which was created by the co-founder of successful game company Playdom Rick Thompson. Playdom was acquired in 2010 by Disney, AKA pretty much the best kind of acquisition there can be.

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Nintendo cancels 3D TV service and Aqua Blue 3DS

Nintendo cancels 3D TV service and Aqua Blue 3DS

When Nintendo first launched the 3DS, a separate 3D TV service was announced for Japan called "Itsu no Ma ni Terebi". The service was launched in June last year and served up short video clips of 3D content to viewers for free. Nintendo has announced that they’re planning to cancel the service on June 20th, only a year after it first launched and with a million viewers served.

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Google planning Game Center competitor for Android

Google planning Game Center competitor for Android

Apple fans have enjoyed the Game Center in iOS for about a year and a half, and it's only cemented Apple's lead on Android in the mobile gaming market. According to Business Insider, Google is planning to even the score with its own centralized gaming network for Android some time soon. The source is anonymous, so take the news with a grain of salt, but it would certainly be a boon to Android's game developers.

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