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Zipline Games rolls dice on new Slots Tycoon app

Slot machine giant International Game Technology last month indicated that it planned to push its newly-acquired Double Down Interactive unit deeper into mobile gaming, diversifying the Seattle unit beyond its base of Facebook-oriented games. “It is all about mobile, mobile, mobile for us in the Double Down area,” noted CEO Patti Hart. But IGT isn’t the only… Read More

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Best of Startup Day: Todd Hooper on finding customers

Editor’s Note: We’ve got a fantastic lineup of speakers on tap for GeekWire’s Startup Day, taking place Saturday, Sept. 22nd at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Among the entrepreneurs on the agenda are Box CEO Aaron Levie; Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens; and many others. It is going to be an informative and high-energy day for those in… Read More

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After Kickstarter success game studios turn to Zipline for help

Kickstarter is revolutionizing the way that game companies raise cash as evidenced by the recent success of Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun Returns just raised $1.8 million) and Double Fine Productions (Double Fine Adventure pulled in $3.3 million). But once the cash is raised, the developers need to get to work, delivering on the big promises made… Read More

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Generation Gamer: NWCN takes an inside look at the booming video game industry

Valve Software co-founder Gabe Newell, DoubleDown Interactive CEO Greg Enell, ZipLine Games co-founder Todd Hooper and many others from Seattle’s burgeoning gaming business appear in a new special report from Northwest Cable News called Generation Gamer that explores in detail the impact of the video game industry. “I think now it is becoming incredibly obvious… Read More

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Zipline releases WolfToss on iOS, Android and Chrome

The significance of WolfToss isn’t necessarily the game itself — though Zipline Games co-founder Todd Hooper admits that he spent an inordinate amount of time over the Thanksgiving holiday slinging the Big Bad Wolf at pigs and boars. The real significance of the title, the first for Zipline using the open source Moai platform, is… Read More

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Microsoft vets launch Buddy to provide the ‘plumbing’ for mobile app development

About three years ago, Jeffrey MacDuff and Dave McLauchlan designed an iPhone application called Buddy which allowed users to locate running, study or drinking buddies who were nearby. The free app never really took off, especially as services like Foursquare gained momentum. But the Microsoft managers — who worked on the app in their spare time —… Read More