It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our casual games weekly news roundup.

News

  • Seattle is the hotbed of the $2 billion casual game industry, in which women are the dominant players

  • GDC 2008 details speakers for single-track summits

  • WorldWinner and PopCap Expand Relationship

  • Terminal Studio becomes Playrix Entertainment

  • USA Network makes forays Into casual gaming with launch of the USA Character Game Lounge

  • Midnight Synergy picks the Best Free Games of 2007

  • Indian core gamers fall into four categories

    Features

  • Lyon GDC: Casual Game Association’s Jessica Tam on how to succeed in casual games

  • Mobile games taking casual inspiration (part 2)

  • MIGS 2007: EA Mobile’s Minotti On The Mobile Games Industry