FTC Begins Cracking Down on COPPA Violators

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this VentureBeat report, the federal government is beginning to crack down on companies that are allegedly violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a statement on its blog this week announcing a $450,000 settlement with Yelp for collecting the personal information (names and other personal identifiers) of children in violation of COPPA.

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King Settles Lawsuit with 6Waves Over Game Clones

September 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Candy Crush Saga maker King has settled its copyright case against 6waves, has received an undisclosed sum of money, and has ensured the closure of 6waves' Farm Epic and Treasure Epic games - two games it claims were infringing on its copyrights.

"We are pleased that this matter has now been resolved," commented King's chief legal officer Robert Miller.

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EA Looking Into Making Games for Apple Watch

September 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts says that it has two teams investigating the possibility of creating game apps for Apple's new "Apple Watch." The Apple Watch was announced yesterday alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It will retail for right around $349 (for the low-end model) and will require an iPhone 5S or higher in order to work.

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Google To Pay $19 Million Settlement In FTC In-App Purchase Suit

September 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Trade Commission announced that Google has agreed to pay $19 million to consumers (parents) whose children made purchases through Google Play without their express consent or permission. The FTC alleged that Google was unfairly billing account holders on its Google Play market for Android-based mobile and tablet devices by not getting express authorization from parents when kids bought things both in the store and within apps.

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Kim Kardashian Defends Popular Mobile Game

August 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Kim Kardashian appeared on NBC's morning program The Today Show  to defend her ultra popular mobile title Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Last week New York Times best-selling author Ayelet Waldman took to Twitter to lambaste Kardashian, blaming her for her son spending $120 in the game for virtual goods. Waldman called her an "evil scumbag."

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Zynga Has a Bad Second Quarter

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Social and mobile game maker Zynga posted a $63 million net loss for the second quarter of FY 2014. The company reported non-GAAP quarterly revenues of $153 million, with non-GAAP profits of $3 million - a bit better than the $6 million loss for the same period a year ago. Bookings, or virtual item sales, were $175 million, down 7 percent from the same period a year ago.

Zynga also reduced its full-year guidance on bookings to be between $695 million and $725 million, down from an earlier guidance between $770 million to $810 million.

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Sony No Longer Supporting PlayStation Mobile for Android

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony is no longer mucking around with Android devices. The company announced today that it will no longer support releasing games on Android devices through its PlayStation Mobile initiative. Instead the company will put its focus back on PS Vita and its micro-console, the PS Vita TV.

The company launched PlayStation Mobile in 2012, allowing developers to publish games on the Vita without having to jump through the hoops of certification on that platform. It also allowed for publishing games to PlayStation-certified Android devices.

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Virgin Mobile's New Custom Plans and Net Neutrality

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Virgin Mobile's new build-your-own smartphone plans (see the announcement from Sprint here) seems like a convenient way for consumers to customize their bills based on the types of services they use and the media they consume, but as The Verge points out, it's a slippery slope and goes agai

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FCC Questions Verizon's Plan to Throttle Unlimited Mobile Data Customers on 4G Network

July 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Federal Communications Commission has sent a letter to Verizon asking the company a series of pointed questions concerning its plan to throttle unlimited data plan customers on its 4G LTE networks. The company announced earlier this month that it planned to start prioritizing customers who were not unlimited data plan customers over those who are - all in the name of network management.

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Samsung Uses Recent SCOTUS Decision in Long-Running Patent Fight With Apple

July 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court gave a crushing blow to supposed patent trolls with last month's ruling in Alice v. CLS Bank, Samsung is trying to use that same ruling to knock out two claims by Apple in its long running feud over mobile device patents. The Supreme Court decision in Alice v. CLS Bank basically said that lower courts should be throwing out more cases that involve patents that are too abstract in nature to be legally valid.

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Verizon Plans to Throttle 'Unlimited' 4G Networks Customers This Fall

July 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Verizon’s 4G networks soon will start feeling a little less unlimited for customers who don't pay for data by the gigabyte. According to GIGA OM, Verizon will start prioritizing traffic so that customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte get access over customers who use  Verizon’s unlimited plans. The new policies will only apply when the network gets crowded, according to Verizon.

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Lionsgate Invests Millions in Next Games

July 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Film company Lionsgate Entertainment has invested an undisclosed amount of capital in Finish developer Next Games. Next Games is a game studio based in Helsinki, Finland that was formed last year by former Rovio, Disney and Supercell developers. The studio raised $6 million in its first round of public funding, and is currently working on a free-to-play mobile game based on AMC's The Walking Dead show called No Man's Land and another undisclosed project.

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EU Reveals New Guidelines for App Stores

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The European Union announced today that it is working with member states to create guidelines that ensure that games and apps with in-app purchases are marketed to consumers in an "appropriate manner." These rules come after an investigation into App store marketing practices aimed at children.

The EU said that, going forward, the following guidelines will be applied to Apple, Google, and other app store owners:

- Games advertised as "free" should not mislead consumers about the true costs involved

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AT&T Supports Fast Lane Bans With Loopholes

July 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In its filing with the FCC about Chairman Wheeler's proposal to allow ISPs to charge content providers for faster direct access to customers, AT&T said it supports the ban of fast lanes... as long as there are some major loopholes. Naturally these loopholes would benefit AT&T's broadband and wireless businesses.

AT&T, like Comcast, is taking an amicable position because it wants the FCC and other government regulatory agencies to approve its merger with DirecTV (in Comcast's case it is seeking approval for a merger with Time Warner Cable).

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Mind Candy CEO and Founder Steps Down

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Mind Candy founder and CEO Michael Acton Smith announced via a YouTube video that he is leaving the company. Smith founder the company in 2004 and saw great success with its popular mobile game Moshi Monsters. But smith says that the great success the company experienced forced him to spend less time developing games and more time handling the business side of things. His departure from the company is a return to getting back to the art of making games.

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'Kim Kardashian' Game Could Net $200 Million in Annual Revenue for Glue Mobile

July 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Glu Mobile's Kim Kardashian iOS game is set generate $200 million annual revenue for the company, according to one analyst. The game has already boosted the company's share price by 40 percent in less than a month, and according to what analyst Doug Creutz told Bloomberg, revenue from Glu's game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood could reach $200 million for the year.

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EA Mobile Says Dungeon Keeper May Have 'Innovated Too Much'

July 9, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

About two weeks ago, Electronic Arts boss Andrew Wilson talked about what a shame it was that EA made a mobile version of Dungeon Keeper that most fans of the franchise hated with a passion that burned hotter than the fire of a thousand suns.

Yesterday, in an interview with GamesIndustry International, EA Mobile big cheese Frank Gibeau suggests that EA might have innovated too much with Dungeon Keeper Mobile.

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Gamblit Gaming Inks Deals With Shanda Games Europe, Flexball, and Gamiker

July 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Real-money in gaming technology company Gamblit Gaming has announced partnerships with Shanda Games International Europe, Gamiker and Flexball. All three companies will eventually utilize Gamblit Gaming’s mobile platform technology to let companies to add real money gaming mechanics to any mobile or PC game.

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Amazon Refuses to Settle With FTC Over In-App Purchases

July 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Amazon is refusing to comply with a Federal Trade Commission settlement plan related to in-app purchases. Apple settled for $32.5 million in refunds to parents who claim they were billed for games and in-app content their children were playing on their mobile or tablet devices without their express consent. Apple was also ordered to change its billing practices to make sure that in-app purchases require consent from parents or device owners before transactions could be completed.

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Report: Nvidia Working on 'Shield Tablet'

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

New documents from the Global Certification Forum and the Federal Communications Commission found by Notebook Italia indicate that a second Nvidia Shield device exists.

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Tablets More Popular Than 3DS Amongst UK Children

June 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Tablets have overtaken Nintendo's 3DS as the most popular personal gaming device owned by UK children, according to new data from Futuresource Consulting - as reported on by MCV.

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Chinese Mobile Games Giant Embroiled in Bribery Scandal

June 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamasutra reports that one of the biggest game publishers in China, China Mobile Games and Entertainment Group has laid off several executives following allegations of bribery. The company laid off nine executives from their positions earlier this week, including President Shuling Ying.

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Juniper Research Predicts Mobile Games Market Will Generate Over $28 Billion by 2016

June 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Total global revenues from mobile games will reach $28.9 billion by 2016, according to a new report from research firm Juniper Research. This represents a 38 percent increase from the $20.9 billion Juniper predicts by the end of 2014.

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Microsoft Commits to Recycling Electronics

June 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is officially a founding member of R2 Leaders, a group dedicated to responsibly recycling used electronics. The company joins other technology companies including Sony America, Xerox and Goodwill Industries in this endeavor.

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Temple Run Series Downloaded Over One Billion Times

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The popular and often copied Temple Run games on the Apple App Store have been downloaded one billion times, according to GII. Developed by Imangi Studios, Temple Run and Temple Run 2 are world-running platformer games that are extremely popular and have been cloned by other developers trying to cash in on the games' popularity.

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AVAST Warns World Cup Soccer Fans to Be Wary of Nefarious Apps

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security software maker and security research firm AVAST Software have found several soccer apps that they describe as "ad-overloaded, data-hungry apps." As fans get ready for the World Cup to get underway in Brazil, the offering of soccer-related apps on the Google Play store is big; there are at least 125 different vuvuzela apps available. But AVAST Software is warning those keen to download these apps that some of them are wolves in sheep's' clothing.

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Report: 'Puzzle & Dragons' Generates Five Times More Revenue Than 'Clash of Clans'

May 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to new data released by Super Data, GungHo's Puzzle & Dragons beats out Super cell's Clash of Clans in mobile ARPU (average revenue per user). Super Data claims that GungHo's game generates around $12 per user, while Clash of Clans generates only around $1.31.

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Glu Mobile Acquires PlayFirst

May 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Glu Mobile has acquired Diner Dash maker PlayFirst, according to this GII report. The transaction is expected to close this month. Glu Mobile bought the company by offering PlayFirst shareholders 3 million shares of the company's common stock and by taking on $3.55 million of PlayFirst's debt.

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Malwarebytes Discusses the Dangers of 'Sideloading' Game Apps

April 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Security researchers at Malwarebytes has a new blog post up talking about the dangers of "sideloading apps," or bypassing the app store on your preferred Android-based device to install games. Malwarebytes say that this practice is "best avoided" because it makes it easier for malware makers to install something nefarious on your device.

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Microsoft Completes Acquisition of Nokia

April 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has finally completed its acquisition of mobile phone maker Nokia. The completion of the acquisition follows approval from Nokia shareholders and various governmental regulatory agencies around the world. Microsoft announced on Sept. 3 of last year that it intended to acquire Nokia for a total of $7.5 billion in cash. The deal consisted of approximately $5 billion and an agreement to license Nokia's patents for $2.17 billion.

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Michael ChandraYou want a debate? Build a wall between you and the poisoned well. Make clear you despise it, despise the behaviour. Then get into the other issues you are troubled with, and don't say a single word again about the poisoned well.09/19/2014 - 3:46am
Michael ChandraAnd someone claiming #notyourshield was to be taken serious, when chatlogs show they wanted it going to hide even more harassment behind? Yeah, not buying a word you're saying. You poisoned your own well.09/19/2014 - 3:45am
Michael Chandraallegedly fired over giving a game a mediocre review and the company threatened to pull ads? Sorry but I ain't buying this.09/19/2014 - 3:45am
Michael ChandraBut people arguing this is horrible and just about ethics, even though there's very little support that journalistic integrity was actually violated here, while they never spoke up when a journalist was09/19/2014 - 3:43am
Michael ChandraIf people start with condemning the way GamersGate was used as a misdirection, then use a better hashtag, that would work in convincing me they mean it.09/19/2014 - 3:43am
Andrew EisenOoo, this one came down to the wire! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/749082525/nefarious09/19/2014 - 1:03am
Andrew EisenI don't doubt that many are truly interested in journalistic integrity. The problem I'm often seeing is they seem to have no idea how or where to talk about it.09/18/2014 - 11:46pm
Andrew EisenDidn't word that well. Busy at work. I've seen people claim that GamerGate is solely about ethics and transparency in games journalism and then go on to show that what they're really after is silencing those who talk about gender issues in games.09/18/2014 - 11:45pm
Kronodebate. Becaus apparently people who only post on Reddit are supposed to police twitter before they're allowed to question anything about the people involved.09/18/2014 - 10:40pm
KronoI highly doubt many, if any are using journalistic integrity as a cover for harassment. The people harassing are essentially trolls. They aren't interested in subtle. More often it's othe other way around. People use "but X is being harassed" to shut down09/18/2014 - 10:38pm
Andrew EisenAnd exacerbating everything is the fact that all the cries of ethics violations have been obnoxious and easily proven false.09/18/2014 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenProblem is, I would imagine, the sheer number of people who are using journalistic integrity as a cover for their harassing actions or only bringing it up on the false pretense of journalistic integrity.09/18/2014 - 8:47pm
Andrew EisenHaving said that, I can certainly see how one would be frustrated if they truly just wanted to talk about journalistic integrity and someone said they were one of the people harassing Sarkeesian, Quinn and others (though I've seen no examples of that).09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoThat's been the common refrain, that talk of journalism ethics is just an excuse to harass people.09/18/2014 - 8:44pm
KronoLines like "like a partial compromise with the howling trolls who’ve latched onto ‘ethics’ as the latest flag in their onslaught against evolution and inclusion." are taring everyone questioning the ethics as a harasser.09/18/2014 - 8:43pm
Andrew EisenKrono - Except, none of the articles were talking about gamers complaining about journalist ethics, let alone called them white male misogynists. They were talking about the gamers who were harassing others.09/18/2014 - 8:36pm
Kronomakes plenty of sense. It's rather hard to dismiss someone as a white guy running a sock puppet when they've posted proof they're a woman, or black, or another minority.09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronothat any critics of journalists were white guys that hated women, and could be dismissed as such. It seems to have helped some. It's kind of difficult to maintain the white guy narrative in the face of a bunch of women and non-white guys. So the tag09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronothat, someone vented on a #gamergate 4chan thread about being dismissed like that. The suggestion they got in return was to organize their own hashtag in response, with #NotYourShield being suggested. Thus the tag came into use to combat the undercurrent09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
Kronomuch more general problem. And while several of the articles were fairly tame, they spured a bunch of people to dismiss any critics of the journalism involved as misogynistic men. Usually with insults aimed at the geek stereotype. After about a week of09/18/2014 - 8:32pm
 

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