Welcome to Friday’s news roundup, where we summarize all of the interesting casual game headlines that caught our eye this week. Gamelab’s Eric Zimmerman says casual games are dead (sort of) during a panel talk at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, PlayFirst signs Wadjet Eye Games (maker of the Blackwell adventure series) to a publishing deal, and Sean Ryan discusss the inevitable rise of web gaming in his latest Silicon Valley Insider column.


  • Meez gaming platform opens with more than 50 casual games

  • PlayFirst signs acclaimed developer Wadjet Eye Games to publishing deal

  • PlayFirst announces $30,000 in grants to independent game developers

  • GameLab’s Zimmerman says casual games are dead (sort of)

  • WildTangent announces “Orb” the industry’s first PC game console for enthusiast gamers

  • Beliefnet joins with RealGames to provide casual games that stimulate the mind, challenge the spirit and soothe the soul

  • Arkadium continues to aggressively grow the world’s largest flash game library

  • Game On! Social Gaming Network launches SGN Gaming Hub, creating an open and free social gaming platform for game developers

  • Mochi Media, a startup that helps to redefine casual gaming, growing strongly

  • Mortimer Beckett and the Secrets of Spooky Manor hits retail shelves


  • The Inevitable Rise Of Web Gaming

  • Just Click the Mouse. Follow the Cursor. You Are Calm. You Feel Good.

  • Big Blue Bubble: Video gamers are breaking out

  • Nintendo Wii leads video game industry revolution

  • On the cutting NeoEdge of casual game advertising

  • GDC Casual Summit: Blue Fang’s Meretzky Defines Casual Games

  • EA announces closed beta for TheSimsCarnival.com, new online community and gaming experience from The Sims

  • EA Sees Indie Talent As ‘Blueprint’ For Gaming Success