Photos: PopCap’s Zombies take over the Space Needle

The zombies are here! The zombies are here! Seattle’s iconic Space Needle has been taken over by those marauding zombies from PopCap Games, which today is releasing  “Plants vs. Zombies 2: It’s About Time.” The PR stunt got rolling this morning, and continues with other activities at the Space Needle, including autograph sessions and photo ops with… Read More


Amazon rumored to be working on a game console

If a new rumor is true, Amazon may be getting into the console business by the end of this year. According to a report by GameInformer, Amazon is rumored to be developing an Android-powered game console for release in late 2013, in time for the holiday shopping season, complete with its own dedicated controller. Following… Read More


The Xbox 180: Why designing the business matters

The big story in June was Microsoft’s Xbox One announcement, and their abrupt about-face on used games and online connectivity. In an attempt to enable new scenarios based on online services linked to physical discs, they angered gaming enthusiasts by changing the rules of the business. It’s an all-too-common phenomenon, where high-profile companies make business… Read More


Age of Empires on the iPad? Microsoft reportedly bringing its games to iPhone, Android

Japan-based news outlet Nikkei just reported that Microsoft will bring its first-party Xbox and PC games to the iPhone, as well as Android smartphones. First spotted by Reuters, Nikkei reports that Microsoft will partner with Japanese game-maker Klab to bring games like “Age of the Empires” to smartphones sometime in fiscal year 2013. Klab has already… Read More

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Convicts to coders: Maximum security prison teaches inmates computer science

Clallam Bay Corrections Center, a maximum security prison on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, is worlds away from Seattle’s bustling high-tech and startup scene. Yet, an innovative educational program introduced last fall at the prison could connect these two disparate worlds around a very valuable asset: software developers. Working in conjunction with Peninsula College extension, the… Read More

Zynga's mission statement adorns the wall at the company's Seattle office

Zynga trims Seattle office

Zynga’s 2-year-old Seattle engineering office was largely spared in the game maker’s most recent layoff announcement, especially when compared to other branch offices that were reportedly shut down. But the layoffs of 18 percent of Zynga’s workforce are still having an impact in Seattle, though fairly minimal. According to a filing with the State of Washington’s… Read More


Plants vs. Zombies coming to iOS July 18 as free-to-play

Plants vs. Zombies fans have reason to be happy today: The second installment of PopCap’s popular game is officially arriving next month and it won’t leave any dents on your wallet. PopCap today announced that Plants vs. Zombies 2 will arrive on iOS devices on July 18 and unlike its predecessor, will be available to download for free. Popcap said… Read More


Nike Accelerator Spotlight: Chroma.io rewards exercise with customizable fighting robots

Editor’s note: Nike Accelerator Spotlight takes a look at the ten startups participating in the Nike+ Accelerator, a three-month startup program based in Portland, Ore. and put on by Nike and TechStars. GeekWire is featuring each company leading up to the June 10 demo day.  There are a lot of startups out there that reward exercise with… Read More


EA pulls plug on some Facebook games, doubles down on PopCap

Electronic Arts today announced that it is retiring three of its popular Facebook games, including The Sims Social, SimCity Social and Pet Society. The online gaming news site Gamasutra calls the move a surprise, but notes that some developers are making a bigger push into mobile games versus browser-based games. “After millions of people initially logged in to… Read More


VIDEO: What makes Seattle such an awesome gaming city

The list of game development companies in the Seattle area, from Valve to PopCap to 343, is certainly impressive. And to show how awesome the Emerald City’s gaming scene is, GameSpot just put out a really well-done video showcasing the talent here. They spoke with several of the city’s leading game devs, from Pete Parsons… Read More

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Z2 chases car racing fans with new iOS game Nitro

Z2 Live has a new name, and a new game. The Seattle mobile gaming company, which earlier this month switched its name to Z2, just released a multiplayer car racing game called Nitro. In the game, participants can choose from one of 16 vehicles and race in real time against as many as five other players…. Read More