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Rovio and Zynga battle for mobile and social gaming supremacy

Rovio and Zynga battle for mobile and social gaming supremacy

This morning it was announced by Finnish mobile entertainment company and Angry Birds creator Rovio that they'd acquired Futuremark Games studio. Last week we heard that Zynga picked up the makers of Draw Something, the fabulously titled OMGPOP. Now what we've got is a silent war on our hands, not to destroy one another, but to gain sway over the social networking and mobile gaming worlds startup by startup. Zynga currently dominates the social aspect of this equation, while Rovio is tearing through mobile gaming with a hot knife, carrying out a release of its newest game Angry Birds: Space with healthy precision.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 21, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 21, 2012

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you're having a great hump day. You know who had a really great Wednesday? Social gaming startup OMGPOP, which was officially acquired by Zynga today. In not-so-great news, Google Wallet is still struggling, and now the search giant may reportedly be considering a revenue share deal. Another company that's still struggling is RIM, which is telling the few users who actually bought a Blackberry Playbook: just say no to jailbreaking.

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Zynga buys Draw Something makers OMGPOP officially

Zynga buys Draw Something makers OMGPOP officially

In a now-official affirmation of what the news media has been guessing at all day, Zynga has announced that they would be purchasing OMGPOP, the company responsible for the break-out hit Draw Something. This group of developers is also responsible for an additional 35 social games and will help Zynga strengthen their existing portfolio as well as new mobile IP. Zynga has taken special care to note that in no way does this mean that Draw Something will change in any way, it retaining its "magic" through the future.

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Zynga set to acquire OMGPOP at noon

Zynga set to acquire OMGPOP at noon

Today the folks at Zynga have sent out invitations to a phone conference which promises to be exciting for customers and partners alike. What we're expecting they're going to announce is their official acquisition of the explosively popular game Draw Something's developing company OMGPOP. This group has seen sudden success with the collaborative drawing application and Zynga, always the company ready for a good buy, is almost certainly ramped up to take advantage.

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Draw Something reportedly prompts Zynga to write checks

Draw Something reportedly prompts Zynga to write checks

Hit iOS and Android game Draw Something has apparently caught the attention of more than just gamers, with developers OMGPOP apparently in acquisition talks with heavyweight Zynga. The gaming giant is only one of a number of interested parties, however, according to TechCrunch's "source with direct knowledge of the discussions"; exactly how much cash is on the table is unclear, though with Draw Something grabbing the social gaming top-spot recently and OMGPOP raising around $17m on its own, any purchase isn't going to be cheap.

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OMGPOP’s Draw Something becomes #1 social game

OMGPOP’s Draw Something becomes #1 social game

Watch out, Zynga. There's a new kid on the block and his name is OMGPOP. For the first time in several months, Zynga is not at the top of the list in AppData's running tally of the most popular games being played on Facebook and mobile phones. Instead, it's a Pictionary close by the name of Draw Something, and it's quickly becoming the hot new thing.

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Konami, Playdemnic, Rebellion join Zynga third-party platform

Konami, Playdemnic, Rebellion join Zynga third-party platform

Just a week after announcing it wanted to expand its social gaming presence by inviting third-party developers to create new titles under its brand, Zynga has announced three major partnerships. The company has signed on Playdemic, Rebellion, and one of the largest names in console gaming, Konami. That's a pretty major announcement, in case you couldn't tell.

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Google working on unified gaming platform

Google working on unified gaming platform

Google consolidated its range of services yesterday, taking the Android Market, Google Music, Video, and Books, placing them all under the new Google Play banner. Punit Soni, group product manager for Google+, has said that the company plans to do the same for gaming across its various platforms.

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Facebook game developers earned $1.4 billion in 2011

Facebook game developers earned $1.4 billion in 2011

When it comes to monetization on Facebook, there is of course a bevy of advertising space, but what's more interesting is the uprise in Facebook games. According to a presentation at today's Game Developers Conference, more than $1.4 billion was paid to game developers on the social platform last year.

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Zynga debuts Zynga.com, invites third-party games

Zynga debuts Zynga.com, invites third-party games

Zynga has launched a beta game portal via its own domain at Zynga.com. This is a significant move for the company, which has so far been delivering games only through social networking sites, in particularly Facebook. The new Zynga.com portal will be the first time the company hosts its games independently and the platform will also host games created by third-party developers.

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