Welcome to Friday’s weekly news roundup, where we bring you casual gaming headlines from around the web. Among the highlights this week: Indian video game developer FXLabs buys online gaming portal Knibble.com for $3 million, PlayFirst and RockYou partner to release casual games on social networks, Tag Games chats about developing Granny in Paradise, and according to a Turner Investment Partners study, casual games are “leading the charge” in transforming the video game market.


  • “Casual” video games lead the charge in transforming the video-gaming market, says Turner Investment Partners commentary

  • Flo gets skill: Diner Dash cash competitions launch at WorldWinner.com

  • PlayFirst and RockYou announce partnership to roll out successful casual games on social networks

  • FXLabs acquires world’s largest online “casual” gaming portal Knibble.com

  • James Patterson makes casual gaming debut with Women’s Murder Club

  • Mobile veterans launch casual gaming start-up “Playfish”

  • Doof.com aims to cross casual games with social networking

  • NetDevil launches new web games division with LEGO Racers

  • PlayFirst raises $16.5 million in venture capital for casual games

  • Magmic Games, IG Fun agree to an exclusive content partnership for smartphones

  • Mobile phone remains a casual gaming platform

  • Jenkat Media, Inc. announces completion of seed round financing

  • Analyst: EA Sports Looking To Broaden Audience

  • Playyoo turns to Japan; invites Adobe Flash LiteTM developers to compete in Playyoo Game Contest

  • CryptoLogic closes deal for stake in Mikoishi Studios


  • Daring to be different: Tag Games on the move from GTA to Granny in Paradise (and back again)

  • Mac games in 2008