Monday Morning Quarterback: Forget freemium, it’s all about gambling in 2012!

Jan 2, 2012

Internet gambling (and perhaps gaming companies) got a huge present from Santa over the Christmas weekend, in the form of a Justice Department ruling that may open the door to legalizing Internet gambling.

The Justice Department issued a legal opinion that the Wire Act of 1961, prohibiting wagering on telecommunication systems that cross state and national borders, does not apply to states selling lottery tickets to its citizens to adults within its own borders.

Internet gambling is not yet legal, but the door is open. If you don’t think this has an impact on the world on online and social gaming, then you’re betting on the wrong horse.

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Zynga Poker launches on Google TV

Dec 8, 2011

Zynga Poker is quickly becoming one of the most ubiquitous games around, available on seemingly every platform. There are already mobile versions of the game in addition to the Facebook and Google+ versions, and now Google has announced that Zynga Poker is coming to Google TV as well.

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Michael Jackson making an appearance in CityVille

Nov 17, 2011

First Enrique, and now Michael Jackson. Zynga has announced that the late King of Pop will be making an appearance in CityVille in support of the new MJ-themed Cirque du Soleil show The Immortal World Tour.

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Empires & Allies conquers FarmVille with over 40 million monthly users

Jun 27, 2011

Well that didn't take long. According to numbers from AppData, in just its first month Zynga's latest game, Empires & Allies, has already surpassed FarmVille as the second most popular game on Facebook.

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Zynga acquires poker expert MarketZero

Apr 5, 2011

Not content with 10 acquisitions over the past 10 months, Zynga has added yet another company to its roster: MarketZero, the team behind popular online portals like

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How does CityVille compare to Call of Duty: Black Ops?

Feb 18, 2011

We all know that CityVille is big (100 million users big). But, how do Facebook games stack up against the heavyweights in the core game space, such as Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops?

I’ve often pondered this question, as have the fine folks at IGN who put together a chart comparing the top games on Facebook and in the retail video game space in 2010 by revenues and users.

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Zynga Poker Review

Dec 31, 2009

Most people might remember Zynga as the company that took a gamble on farming with their smash hit Farmville, but did you know that before that they took an even bigger gamble on gambling? Zynga Poker (aka Texas Hold'em Poker) was the company's first real success, and we're not bluffing when we tell you that it still holds up wonderfully. In the face of fresh competition from games like Poker Rivals and Poker Palace, Zynga Poker is still the hand to beat. Read more »

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