PopCap talks about Peggle, Double Fusion discusses the future of in-game ad models, and Yo Yo Games announces a new game design contest on the theme of “ancient civilizations.” These headlines and more in Gamezebo’s Friday weekly news roundup, plus a recap of Casual Connect Europe announcements.

  • New Design Contest From YoYo Games

  • Interactive Skill Games Association (ISGA) Announces New Members in 2008

  • EA Sports to concentrate on more casual games for Wii / DS

  • Hidden City Games names Emmy-winning art director for Bella Sara Online

  • Advergaming and casual game maker Arkadium is growing the company by adding former GameTrust Vice President, Neal Sinno. The company has named Sinno as their new Vice President of Business Development.

  • ChaYoWo Games, a gaming development and solutions company, has announced the official launch of www.gameZindia.com, their own Indiabased online casual gaming portal.

  • Come2Play Launches Networked Multi-Player Game Channels for Every site Now in Closed Beta. Come2Play is a new startup company specializing in networked multi-player gaming and social gaming networks.

  • FlowPlay secures funding from INTEL Capital, Ambient Sound Investments, and leading angel investors. Series A financing totals approximately $3.7 million.

  • Casual games publisher Freeze Tag announced four new titles including Letter Lab, Concentration Hollywood, Paper Chase, and Can You See What I See? based on the best-selling Scholastic children’s book series by Walter Wick, co-author of the I SPY books.

  • GameDuell launches its gaming community in the Netherlands

  • Intenium and dtp young entertainment, the leader in the sphere of computer games for young audiences, signed an agreement on online games distribution with a separate section of its Deutschland-spielt.de portal devoted to young players.

  • King.com, the world’s largest skill games site, said that 190 million games were played on the King.com platform in January 2008.

  • Last Day of Work (LDW), an independent game studio specializing in sophisticated casual games for the mainstream player, today revealed it is developing Virtual Villagers 3 for PC and Mac.

  • Merscom, a global distributor, has released word that they will become the online publisher for the scarily good casual game, Ghost in the Sheet.

  • PlayFirst is announcing at Casual Connect their newest time management game, Doggie Dash. The game follows the story of two pets and their owners, trying to create the ultimate pet spa.

  • RealGames announces results of casual games survey

  • RealGames launches Cate West – The Vanishing Files on RealArcade.com and GameHouse.com

  • RealNetworks and Spill Group sign long-term global partnership

  • Sally’s Salon ranks as best-selling game in 2007 from th RealGames family of sites and syndication networks

  • Rebel Monkey, Inc., a developer and publisher of casual and community games, has raised $1 million in a first round of financing from Redpoint Ventures of Menlo Park, CA.

  • Reflexive Entertainment today announced that it has reached agreement with OUAT Entertainment to publish the PC casual game Miss Teri Tale. Developed by OUAT, Miss Teri Tale will be a top-notch entrant into the vibrant ‘seek and find’ genre that has driven the growth of the casual games space over the past 18 months.

  • Spill Group, the world’s leading generator of online casual game traffic, with 60 million people every month, chooses Double Fusion as exclusive partner for major U.S. casual game portals.

    Features

  • Pondering Peggle: PopCap Games Q&A

  • PopCap on Casual, Peggle & Valve

  • ANALYSIS: Are Casual Games the New Frontier?

  • Facebook’s winning game

  • Oberon Media: We want to lead the casual space

  • Casual mobile games market currently underserved

  • Q&A: Double Fusion Goes Casual, Talks Future Of In-Game Ad Models

  • Beyond Hardcore: A Look At Casual Gaming