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  • 21Dec

    Dr. Dre Joins Mafia Wars

    Zynga has just announced the company’s first in-game music partnership with Dr. Dre, which will allow players of Mafia Wars to see the music video for his first single, Kush, from his new album, Detox. The video will stream for free within the game and features Snoop Dogg and Akon. “We’re always looking for innovative and interesting ways for fans to discover great music and with an artist of Dre’s cultural significance we really wanted something special that’s never been done before,” said Jimmy Iovine, Chairman, Interscope Geffen A&M Records. “We felt it was a perfect fit for Dre to be the first musical experience for the millions of Mafia Wars players to enjoy while gaming.” Also included in the partnership is a slew of Dre-inspired game content, including in game music and limited edition virtual goods such as headphones, a vintage car, and weapons in a “Hustlin’ wit Dre”

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  • 02Dec

    Zynga Takes Us to the City

    Zynga, makers of some of the most popular social games on the market, FarmVille, FrontierVille and Mafia Wars, has now launched CityVille, their newest in line up of -Villes in which players con build their own dream cities from the ground up. CityVille contains features that ramp up the social aspect of the game, enabling players to interact with their friends’ cities and help each other build franchises. You can play CityVille (Beta) now on Facebook in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish! . Follow

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  • 20Oct

    Facebook User Sues Zynga

    It was announced yesterday that a class action suit was filed after Zynga, makers of 6 of the 10 top Facebook games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars, allegedly shared the personal Facebook user data of its 218 million users with Internet tracking companies, advertisers, and data brokers in violation of federal law as well as Zynga’s contract with Facebook. According to the press release set forth by the firm Edelson McGuire, LLC, the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in San Francisco, Calif., is brought by Nancy Graf of St. Paul, Minnesota. The class action seeks monetary relief for those whose data was wrongly shared, and an injunction to prevent continued privacy abuses. “This appears to be another example of an online company failing the American public with empty promises to respect individual privacy rights,” explained Michael Aschenbrener of Edelson McGuire LLC, co-lead attorney for the class action.

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  • 02Jul

    Featured Interview: Rixty Joins Forces with Facebook

    Facebook announced the news this week that it is integrating Rixty as a way for users to pay for Facebook credits to get enhanced content in Facebook games and send virtual gifts. As many more Facebook games are including the universal Facebook Credit as a way for players to get more out of their games by offering more content and more continuous play – for a price, Rixty is becoming an exclusive way to pay that price without a credit card (and without completing offers… which also often requires a credit card). I recently had the opportunity to char with Joel Andren, Marketing Director for Rixty about the exciting news… Rixty & Facebook GA – Why don’t you start off by telling me a little bit more about Rixty? Joel – Rixty provides an easy way for people who pay for online content – especially games – using cash and

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  • 10Jun

    Explore Egypt on Facebook

    YayZee games has just released their first Facebook RPG Adventure game, Expidition Egypt. So get your crew together, pack up your Indiana Jones hat and whip, and get ready for some ancient tombs, breaking and entering, and camp raiding. Complete quests such as interviewing locals, breaking into museums, stealing treasures, and riding crocodiles on the Nile, build up your inventory of weapons and supplies, raid camps to add to your stash, and snatch up some properties to build on your wealth. As the guys at YayZee said, “Whip out your totally practical axe-gun and conquer the sands!” I am pretty excited to be starting one of these games from a time near the launch. I always feel envious of people who started way before I did and are much farther along by the time I start. Come join my crew! Follow

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  • 15Jan

    Zynga Does Some Good (For a Change)

    Zynga, creators of The Games Clogging Your Facebook News Feed and Stealing Your Data For Quite Some Time, are contributing to the flood of money heading toward Haiti for disaster relief purposes. (So are we! See our Gamers4Haiti Charity Drive post to see how you can help right here at GamingAngels.) Users of these popular social networking games can purchase special limited-edition social goods, where 100% of the proceeds will go to the World Food Programme, which is currently distributing food and other forms of relief to those displaced and injured as a result of this week’s earthquake. So far, over $1.2 million has been raised in support of these efforts. The limited-edition goods include white corn that will not wither if left unattended for a week (FarmVille) and a Haitian drum (Mafia Wars). Zynga has also set up their own donation portal at, where users can donate directly

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  • 16Dec

    Zynga raises $180 million in investments

    I’m sure many of you either play or know of FarmVille, Mafia Wars or any of the other big games that developer Zynga has launched on Facebook. Well on the heels of speculation that FarmVille is more popular than Twitter, it has been revealed that the Russian investors Digital Sky Technologies, who gave Facebook $200 million, will be investing a huge chunk of money into developer Zynga. The total investments from various sources for Zynga will be $180 million. This is honestly pretty amazing, and a good thing for Zynga and other companies looking to social media to build game applications. At the same time I’m left wondering more about the details as not much is mentioned in the New York Times article about the deal. It’s interesting to see how a small app on a social networking site can blow up and become such a huge entity that they

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