Back in April, I had the good fortune of moderating a panel at the Social Casino Summit in San Francisco. The panel was about how to stand out in the crowded social casino marketplace. It’s a topic that Michael Carpenter, CEO of Ruby Seven Studios, knows all too well.
The first shipments of Google Glass are being delivered to a lucky thousand few fans and developers. And so far, the initial impressions are that this could simultaneously be as much a fad as the Segway and/or a new platform in the making like the iPad (the big VCS who formed the Glass Collective are surely betting on the latter).
Surely, games will play a big role in the success of Google Glass, and vice versa. The question is, how?
With a funding round of $8.5 million from an A-List of investors back in September, and the recent successful launch of Mini Golf MatchUp on both iOS and Android platforms, Scopely is clearly doing something special. The question is, what? Is Scopely trying to be the next big mobile publisher, platform, both? The answer, according to CBO Andy Kleinman, is none of the above.
The state of Nevada has passed legislation legalizing online gambling and further paving the way to the day when it will be legal to lose (or win) all your money gambling on your phone.
Specifically, the legislation allows Nevada to move forward in allowing online poker legal in lieu of federal legislation and to create interstate compacts with other states to allow their citizens to gamble on Nevada-based online casinos.
Why am I sharing this on Gamezebo? Because every single social game company (especially the social casinos) are salivating at the chance to offer legalized gambling in their games.
There is nothing duller than when prognosticators make obvious predictions. So, let’s get them out of the way: iOS will continue to be the dominant platform for games. The Wii U will fail. Tablets will remain huge and games retail and the console market will continue to falter. Duh!
Roy Bahat is leaving IGN to join Ouya as its chairman. Julie Uhrman will remain CEO, which is a no-brainer, given that she raised $8 million for the concept of Ouya on Kickstarter. That’s a better track record than the last four CEO’s of Yahoo!
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