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GMIC SV 2014: Global Game Summit

GMIC SV 2014 Global Games Summit will host business executives from the leading mobile game developer studios and top app stores to discuss the state of the mobile games industry and future outlook. GGS is the must-not-miss track if you’re a game developer, are part of a gaming company, or are interested in game advertising and…

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Branded watermelons: Phil Larson, Christopher Kassulke, and Kim-Mai Cutler discuss mobile gaming in China

Have you seen Fruit Ninja branded watermelons for sale in China? News to Phil Larson if you have–they’re not being offered. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen–one day. Fruit-themed merchandizing wasn’t the only thing on topic when Phil Larson, CMO of Halfbrick, and Christopher Kassulke, CEO of HandyGames, came to the GMIC main stage…

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GGS Seoul Sends Ten Korean Mobile Games to GMIC Beijing for New Distribution in the Chinese Market

Following on the coattails of its successful GGS mobile gaming event in San Francisco, GWC held its 4th GGS event last Friday evening in the Microsoft Center in Central Seoul’s Gangnam district, where an audience of 100 game developers, investors, and distributors were given a taste of Korea’s latest innovators in the mobile game space….

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Global Game Stars (GGS) at San Francisco Helps Game Developers to Achieve Success in China

Sponsored by Tencent Games, the third installment of Global Game Stars (GGS) took place at the YetiZen Innovation Lab in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) last week. GGS @ SF aimed to help mobile game developers go global by giving them the opportunity to launch their app in China, the fastest growing…

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GGS Mobile Game Platform Announces Ten Winners from GGS Beijing!

Held in Beijing on Tuesday, the second installment of GGS was a smash hit! With 400 in attendance at the Schonbrunn Hotel and judges from DeNA, Tapjoy, 91 Perfect World, Zynga, and Renren, GGS Beijing sets the stage for the next phase of the competition, which will be held in Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo, and San Francisco…

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[Interview] Ludei CEO Eneko Knörr Plans for Asian Partnerships, Says Android Will Win Next Year

Ludei is a game technology company currently based in San Francisco (CA, USA) and Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain). They develop tools for HTML5 that help developers seamlessly convert their games from HTML5 to iOS and Android. Additionally, they produce their own native mobile games which have already been downloaded by over 15 million people in…

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Kabam Acquires Balanced Worlds Studios in Beijing

Kabam has announced today that they will be acquiring Balanced Worlds Studios, an action-oriented 3D social games company located in Beijing behind the recent title Bomb Buddies. Balanced Worlds Studios has been in existence since 2006. The company has contributed to a variety of games over the years, including Resistance: Fall of Man, Ratchet &…

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GMIC SV: Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam, Sees Great Opportunities on Social Gaming Front

With the Fireside Chat series of this year’s GMIC SV coming to a close, Douglas MacMillan, reporting for Bloomberg News, had the opportunity to speak with Kevin Chou, CEO of Kabam, about recent developments both at Kabam and on the social gaming forefront. We learned that in the year in which Zynga has struggled, Kabam…

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GMIC SV Panel Discussion: Build Local, Distribute Global. Industry Leaders Share Foreign Market Experiences

The first day of GMIC SV featured several panel discussions, including the Build Local, Distribute Global session focusing on international business development. The discussion highlighted both the strategies and successes of GetJar, Zynga, Groupon, Foursquare and ZeptoLab in foreign markets while being moderated by Benjamin Joffee, CEO of Plus8Star. As these industry leaders shared their…

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Gaming is Entertainment: CEO of EA Denies Game-Making is a Data-Driven or Social Business

As the first in a series of keynote speakers at GMIC SV John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronics Arts, took some time to set the record straight on the direction and evolution of the gaming industry. The EA front man stressed the importance of quality gaming experiences serving as the core from which games themselves can…

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