DoubleDown president Glenn Walcott, who is leaving the company, hangs out with a pirate after being knighted as "Duke of DoubleDown" Wednesday evening at F.X. McRory's.

Glenn Walcott steps down as DoubleDown president, gets knighted as ‘Defender of Seattle Fireworks’

The man who brought the Seattle tech community raining dollar bills, “Gangnam Style” dances and Chewbacca impressions is saying goodbye to the Emerald City and hello to sunny California. DoubleDown Interactive president Glenn Walcott is stepping down after helping lead the Seattle casino games company for the past three years. Walcott told GeekWire that he and his family are… Read More

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Sex talk, Chewbacca and penguins: Welcome to the Tech Show (PHOTOS)

Ramez Naam reading a steamy sex scene from his new sci-fi novel. Glenn Walcott groaning and moaning while doing his best Chewbacca impression. Jenni Hogan talking about penguins. These are just snippets from Wednesday’s first-ever Tech Show, Seattle’s newest tech-centric and entertaining version of a meetup. About 100 or so from the local tech community… Read More

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Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse: Tech execs dance Gangnam Style

How do you know when an Internet meme has run its course? Executives do stuff like this at conferences. In the span of two hours today, executives from two Seattle tech startups started their talks at the Seattle Interactive conference with “Gangnam Style” dances. First was Glenn Walcott, president of Seattle-based DoubleDown Interactive, who started… Read More

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Gambling giant IGT buying Double Down for $500M, moving into Facebook games

Updated with confirmation and details. International Game Technology, which makes real-world casino games and gambling systems, has agreed to pay as much as $500 million to buy Seattle-based Double Down Interactive, a developer of casino-style Facebook games that don’t involve any actual gambling. It’s a major deal that underscores the increasingly blurry line between those… Read More

DoubleDown President Glenn Walcott in the KIRO-FM studios. (Erynn Rose photo)

Q&A: DoubleDown exec takes us inside a Facebook ‘casino’

Our guest on the latest GeekWire radio show and podcast was Glenn Walcott, president of Seattle startup DoubleDown Interactive, which offers the DoubleDown Casino suite of casino-style casual games, using Facebook as its platform. We talked about the company’s strategy, the games it offers, and dove into the underlying economics of running games on the… Read More

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Maker of free Facebook casino game doubles down on Seattle

DoubleDown Interactive is well, doubling down, on Seattle. The company, maker of one of the top casino games on Facebook, announced today that it is moving its headquarters to Vulcan’s 505 Union Station building near Pioneer Square. It also announced the hiring of Peter Anderson — formerly of Big Fish Games — as vice president… Read More