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13 predictions for the future of the $3.4B social casino games market

Social casino games have become a $3.4 billion market and are on their way to $4.4 billion by 2017, according to Eilers Research. It’s a growing and stable niche within the $91 billion market, accounting for 4 percent of all industry revenues (based on Newzoo research).<p><i>The organizers of Casual</i> …

Tel Aviv

Crossy Road - Endless Arcade Hopper Game #CrossyRoad

Best of 2014 (App Store) <br>Best of 2014 (Touch Arcade) <br>Best 2014 (iPhone and iPad) (The Guardian) <br>Best of 2014 (mobile) (CNET) <br>Best of 2014 (Mobile) …

Google Play

10 Things That Make an Addictive Mobile App

<i>Gal Shvebish is the VP Products at MOBurst, a global mobile marketing agency helping first tier startups and brands grow their mobile business.</i><p>Let’s be honest – we are all, to an extent, addicted to mobile device. The smartphone is one of those conveniences of modern life we’ve gotten accustomed to …

Facebook Takes Another Tip From Twitter And Pushes Trendy Topics

Just because Twitter wants to be more like Facebook doesn’t mean Facebook doesn’t want to be more like Twitter.<p>About a month after Twitter started aping Facebook, shoving “curated” tweets in your timeline and suggesting strangers you should follow, Facebook is now getting into the “trending topics” …

The App Store Turns 5: Its Top 10 Milestones

10 Milestones From the App Store's First Five Years<p>'I Am Rich' and the First Wave of App Bans<p>Android Market Launches, Offering First …

Seen our latest infographic? This one's on China's teen gamers, who are crazy about PC-based MMOs. China's Teen Gamers Revealed, From In-Depth Demographics to Deepest Desires [INFOGRAPHIC] http://www.techinasia.com/chinas-teen-gamers-revealed-indepth-demographics-deepest-desires-exclusive-infographic/

China Has 160 Million Active Android Users, 85 Million on iPhone and iPad (INFOGRAPHIC) http://www.techinasia.com/china-active-android-ios-users-2012/

Social Games and Gaming Trends in Japan (Slideshare Presentation)

When Dr. Serkan Toto says something about Japan’s social gaming scene, we tend to listen, because he’s an expert with years of experience tracking …

Japan

KakaoTalk Hits 10 Million Downloads in Japan

Korean mobile messaging giant, KakaoTalk, says in a blog post today that it has hit 10 million downloads in Japan (h/t SD Japan). The last count that …

Japan

Chinese Web Game Developer Linekong Online Shifts Focus to Mobile Gaming

Earlier this week,<p>Linekong Onlinewas one of China’s best known and biggest developers of web games. But today, the company is no longer a web game …

Mobile Gaming

Discussion: Mobile Gaming in Southeast Asia

While Android is on the rise in Southeast Asia, it’s still a very fragmented market. There are lots of feature phone users and browser-based games as …

Asia

A Sneak Peek at Some Games on WeChat’s Social Gaming Platform

As confirmed by Tencent (HKG:0700) during its most recent earnings call, a WeChat social gaming platform is in the works. Now leaked pictures have …

Intellectual Property

Mobile Social Gaming Company FunSpot Arrives in Indonesia with Telkomsel Partnership

Singapore-based mobile social gaming and entertainment company FunSpot announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with Indonesia’s …

Asia

Line Targets Kids With Toy Smartphone (PICS) http://www.techinasia.com/line-touch-toy-smartphone/

How InMobi Grew From a Startup to a Giant Mobile Ad Network

Founder and CEO of mobile ad network giant, InMobi, Naveen Tewari, has come a long way. Naveen is an engineer by training, studied at Harvard …

Line is Growing Faster Than Ever, Now Up to 150 Million Users

Far from nearing a saturation point, the messaging app Line is actually growing faster than ever. Having previously taken nearly seven months to go …

Startups

Game On: KakaoTalk Brings Social Gaming Platform to Indonesia and Vietnam

After months of testing it out in South Korea and Japan, the messaging app KakaoTalk is today launching its social gaming platform for users in …

Asia

KakaoTalk’s Growth Chart: Hitting 90 Million Users Soon http://www.techinasia.com/number-of-kakaotalk-users/

Not Only on WeChat: Tencent Hints at Integrated Mobile Gaming Platform

We know that Tencent is developing a social gaming platform for WeChat, its popular messaging app, but so far we’ve not heard about its mobile gaming …

Tencent

We were in Seoul recently, and got the full story: How KakaoTalk Grew From a Startup to a Giant Mobile Platform (INTERVIEW) http://www.techinasia.com/kakao-founding-story/

WeChat Now Has 190 Million Active Users, Close to Passing Whatsapp

Tencent’s (HKG:0700) deputy general manager Hou Xiaonan has revealed that the company’s social messaging app WeChat now has 190 million monthly …

Startups

Line’s Revenue for Q4 2012 Was $58 Million

For the first time since NHN debuted its popular chat app, Line is publicly announcing its quarterly earnings – and it’s a whopper.<p>Line’s earnings …

Asia

Kakao Launches KakaoHome, A Social Android Launcher For Your Smartphone

Kakao, the maker of Korean mobile chat app, KakaoTalk, has launched KakaoHome a launcher for Android users. At first glance, it feels a little like …

Android News

Japan's GREE Shuts Down China Branch (Update: CONFIRMED) http://www.techinasia.com/gree-shuts-china-branch/

The Growth Story and Future of Mobile Chat App Giant LINE

Popular mobile messaging chat app LINE was created by NHN Japan inspired by the tragic earthquake that happened in Japan in 2011. When SMS and calls …

Maker of Korean Hit Game Anipang, SundayToz Talks About Its Story

Korean game studio SundayToz was founded by three friends, Kevin Lee Jungwoong, Hyunsoo Im, and Chanseok Park in 2008. Not many people may know …

Social Media

Line Hits 16 Million Users in Taiwan

In a 36kr interview with Frank (no last name was provided) who is in charge of Line expansion into the Chinese market, we got to learn that Line has …

China

Marissa Mayer Has Already Made One Big Mistake With Tumblr

Yahoo’s $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr is already being hailed as a brilliant move, securing a younger Internet demographic and a fertile field for native advertising, an innovative business model where content from brands lives side by side with users’ contributions.<p>In buying Tumblr, Yahoo CEO …

Tinder: Finding Traction On Campuses, IAC’s New Dating App Makes It Easy To Break The Ice

Regardless of what you think about digital dating sites, they encourage us to close our computers and get out there and meet new people. In short, they bring people together. The problem is, of course, that there are infinite variations on social and mobile dating, from compatibility engines and …

Platform Thinking: How to Disrupt Craigslist

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This is a guest post by Sangeet Paul Choudary, who analyzes business models for internet startups at his blog Platformed.info. You can follow Sangeet on Twitter at @sanguit.</i><p>Craigslist, that ugly set of electric-blue links that still stands around like an exhibit from the museum of …