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RealNetworks hires industry vet Atul Bali to lead video game division

RealNetworks today announced that Atul Bali, a 20-year gaming industry vet, will head up the company’s video game division beginning later this month. Bali was previously the CEO of Aristocrat Technologies, a company that supports land-based and online gaming solutions. He’ll be in charge of RealNetworks’ game portfolio, which includes the GameHouse — formerly RealGames — and… Read More

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RealNetworks buys social casino game Slingo for $15.6M as ‘Zynga Slingo’ shuts down

RealNetworks’ GameHouse division continued making a splash in the social gaming arena today, announcing the acquisition of social casino company Slingo Inc. for $15.6 million. Slingo is an immensely popular online game with billions of plays over its 17-year-old history. Interestingly enough, Slingo set up a partnership with Zynga in March 2012, which helped bring Slingo to Facebook. But just… Read More

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Here’s how you can win $100K by playing a free social casino game

Real-money gambling hasn’t quite made it to the United States yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t win a nice chunk of money — like, $100,000 — via free-to-play social casino apps. RealNetworks’ GameHouse Casino is debuting what it calls the “first-ever” real-money sweepstakes in a social casino game called The Golden Dreams Sweepstakes. Ken… Read More

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Seattle tech vet Matt Hulett named CEO of ClickBank

Matt Hulett, the Seattle startup veteran who was most recently president of RealNetworks’ video-game division, has been named the CEO of ClickBank, a Boise-based digital content creation, distribution and marketing platform. Hulett, the former AdXpose (Mpire) CEO and Expedia Corporate Travel president, announced his departure from RealNetworks’ GameHouse unit a month ago for an unspecified… Read More

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Tech Moves: GameHouse taps Keela Robison; NanoString hires biotech vet Bruce Seely

Keela Robison is returning to her roots. After stints at Amazon.com and WhitePages, Robison is returning to RealNetworks’ and its GameHouse unit. Robison, who will serve as vice president of operations, will oversee the unit’s mobile and downloadable games business. She worked at RealNetworks as a general manager from 1998 to 2004 before moving on… Read More

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RealNetworks posts wider loss, new CEO cites progress

RealNetworks today posted first-quarter revenue of $67 million, a decline of 23 percent, with a quarterly loss of $17 million — slipping further into the red as all of its three major divisions saw their sales decline. Despite the result, RealNetworks CEO Thomas Nielsen, who took over last year, expressed confidence in the company’s prospects… Read More

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Tech Moves: Cray taps Microsoft GM as CTO; Weber names creative director; etc.

William Blake, the former general manager of parallel computing platforms at Microsoft Corp., has been named senior vice president and chief technology officer at supercomputer giant Cray Inc. Blake has more than three decades of high performance computing experiencing. He’s served on Cray’s board since June 2006, but will step down from that role this summer…. Read More

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GameHouse president Matt Hulett joins board of Yapta

Yapta has named GameHouse president Matt Hulett to the board, part of an ongoing transformation of the Seattle startup from a consumer travel company to one focused on business-to-business services. Hulett has very specific experience in that arena, formerly serving as president of Expedia Corporate Travel. “The opportunity for Yapta to penetrate the corporate travel… Read More

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GameHouse: Women who play online games have more sex

A new survey commissioned by GameHouse, the RealNetworks video-game division, finds that women who play online games are more social than those who don’t and also have sex more frequently than their non-gaming counterparts. Social scientists may forever debate the question of cause and effect on this one. But on a more serious note, the… Read More

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GameHouse first to pilot Facebook Credits outside Facebook

Facebook is beginning to expand its Facebook Credits system beyond its own social networking site with a new initiative called Facebook Credits for Websites. Seattle-based GameHouse, the RealNetworks games division, is the first publisher to use the new system. GameHouse is testing Facebook Credits with versions of UNO Boost and Collapse! Blast on GameHouse.com —… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Braden Moulton, GameHouse

Back in the 1990s, Braden Moulton scripted a website to display his resume as if it were the opening text sequence of the Star Wars movies. Of course, it got him the job at Microsoft. Today, he’s living his longtime dream of working in the video-game industry, as business development director for RealNetworks’ GameHouse division,… Read More