Big Fish says small fees are the reason to accept Bitcoin

Want to plow your digital fields for a penny, or drop a dollar into a virtual slot machine?  Today, Seattle-based Big Fish said it has begun accepting Bitcoin to make small in-app transactions more profitable. The announcement comes two months after social gaming giant Zynga started trialing the alternative currency. Gaming is considered an ideal industry… Read More

Paul Thelen

Big Fish CEO sees clear line between social casinos and real online gambling

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – It’s a tumultuous time for the social casino market. As real-money gambling heads to the Internet in fits and starts, companies that make casino-style social games might seem best positioned to capitalize on the Internet gambling trend. But the leader of one of those companies, Big Fish CEO Paul Thelen, cautions that social gaming… Read More


Big Fish launches first mobile social roulette game

Roulette, like many casino table games, can get a little boring if you’re playing alone. For those who want an audience watching their big money wheel spins but can’t make it to the casino, Big Fish now has an answer. The Seattle game maker, founded by former RealNetworks employee Paul Thelen in 2002, just added the… Read More


Game of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

The Seattle region may be known for operating systems, airplanes and coffee, but video games play a huge role in the technology scene, and today we’re pleased to present a new GeekWire Awards category that recognizes this important field. Below you’ll find the five finalists for Game of the Year — the top video games… Read More


Big Fish teaming up with game-friendly Wikipad tablet

This past summer, Big Fish Games co-founder Paul Thelen addressed the crowd at Casual Connect and talked about how his company’s leap into cloud-based gaming was the “future of games.” Today comes another move that could help Seattle-based Big Fish stay ahead of the pack. The company, ranked No. 1 on our GeekWire 200 Startup Leaderboard, will partner… Read More

Mike Galgon

Tech Moves: aQuantive co-founder Galgon joins Real’s board; Madrona hires PR vet; Expedia changes; etc.

Rob Glaser continues to overhaul the board of directors at RealNetworks, today announcing that aQuantive co-founder Mike Galgon has joined as a director. “Mike is one of the more accomplished technology entrepreneurs in Seattle’s history,” said Glaser in a press release. “We look forward to tapping into his deep understanding of digital media, advertising, and e-commerce… Read More

Jeremy Lewis

Memo: Jeremy Lewis on his departure as Big Fish CEO

As we reported earlier today, Big Fish Games announced that its founder, Paul Thelen, would be returning to the role of CEO and president of the Seattle-based casual games company, replacing Jeremy Lewis in those roles. Lewis has been at the company for six years. He’ll remain on the company’s board of directors. The shift… Read More


Big Fish bets on casino game maker, buys Self Aware Games

There’s been a flurry of activity in recent weeks in the category of casino-style social media games, highlighted by IGT’s acquisition of Double Down Interactive and PopCap’s release of the Lucky Gem Casino. Now, another Seattle gaming company is jumping into the virtual casino. Big Fish Games today is announcing the acquisition of Self Aware… Read More


Morning Radar: Steve Jobs is ‘most fascinating’ of 2011; Cheezburger’s latest; Big Fish; Wetpaint and more

A quick rundown of stories and offbeat tidbits catching our attention this morning … Pet and animal lovers can now get all of their comedy offerings in one spot as Cheezburger Network today unveiled Meme Animals. The new site from the Seattle comedy network (best known for I Can Has Cheezburger) is described as a “meme-nagerie of… Read More


Big Fish hooks Amazon vet as CFO

Big Fish Games, the Seattle-based casual game distributor, has named David Stephenson as chief financial officer. The veteran of and Procter & Gamble fills the role left vacant when Michael Vernon departed for fast-growing daily deal site Zulily in May. “(Stephenson’s) demonstrated track record of leading operational finance teams focused on large and complex consumer… Read More


Big Fish brings ‘Hidden Expedition: Amazon’ to Kindle

The Kindle isn’t really known as a gaming device. But that’s not stopping developers from expanding onto Amazon’s popular electronic reading device. Today, Seattle’s Big Fish Games announced that its hidden object game, Hidden Expedition: Amazon, is now available on the Kindle for $4.99. It marks Big Fish Games’ first title on the Kindle, and the… Read More