Startup Spotlight: Duxter is a LinkedIn for your gamer life

Hard-core gamers are a different breed. So, it makes some sense that they need their own social network. Duxter, which recently relocated from Los Angeles to Seattle, is hoping to be  that place where gamers of all stripes hang out. Even better, users of Duxter earn rewards — known as Duckets — that they can spend… Read More


PopCap: Plants vs. Zombies sequel in the works for 2013

A sequel to the hit Plants vs. Zombies game will be released by late spring 2013, PopCap Games announced this morning. As the company puts it in a news release, the follow-up is “germinating and advancing with rigor.” The game will have a “bevy of new features, settings, and situations,” PopCap says, but beyond that, details… Read More


Facebook tests UK gambling in possible preview for US

The characters are cuddly, but don’t let those wobbly eyes fool you — the stakes in this Facebook game are very real. It’s called Bingo Friendzy, and it’s the first game on Facebook to let players win (and lose) real money. It launched this week exclusively in the UK, where online gambling is already a… Read More


Microsoft ends work on ‘Flight’ in blow to games group

Well, that didn’t last long. Microsoft confirmed today that it has ended development of Microsoft Flight, the “freemium” PC title that the company launched less than six months ago as a follow-up to its discontinued Flight Simulator franchise. We were impressed by our time with the game, but it apparently didn’t catch on with a wide… Read More


Video: Double Down rains cash on Casual Connect crowd

Lots of speakers aim to give their audience valuable takeaways, but Double Down Interactive’s Glenn Walcott took that concept very literally at the Casual Connect conference in Seattle today. As he wrapped up his speech this afternoon at Benaroya Hall, the Double Down exec gestured to the sky. Suddenly $1,000 in dollar bills started raining… Read More


Facebook expects to see more ‘core’ video games

Facebook may be known for Zynga’s FarmVille and other laid-back games, but there’s a big opportunity for third-party developers to make more titles on Facebook that appeal to “core” gamers — the types of people who might have traditionally spent most of their time using living room consoles. “With the improvements in 3D technology, and… Read More


Photos: Geek burlesque reveals the sexy side of video games

What says “Seattle” better than videogame-themed burlesque? Not much. Friday night at the Theatre Off Jackson, Seattlelites were treated to the “nerdlesque” show, JOYstick. The two-hour, sold-out show was exploding with videogame references, from the drink menu featuring cocktails inspired by God of War and Donkey Kong, to the hilariously entertaining emcee who began the… Read More


Seattle game firm says rival stole its monsters, and more

Runic Games, an independent Seattle game studio that makes the Torchlight action role-playing games, says a company in China has copied monsters, sound effects, scenes and much more for its own game, Armed Heroes Online, for iPhone and iPad. The dispute has played out so far in a series of tweets and forum posts involving… Read More


Xbox 360 marks 18 months atop U.S. console market

Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold 257,000 units in the U.S. in June, topping Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii for the 18th consecutive month, according to NPD Group research cited by the Redmond company. That translates into 47 percent market share among current-generation consoles. The latest numbers were down considerably from the 507,000 Xbox 360 units… Read More


Victory for swordsmanship: Clang gets $525k on Kickstarter

Clang, the sword-fighting video game project led by sci-fi author Neal Stephenson, surpassed its $500,000 goal on Kickstarter over the weekend and has now raised more than $526,000 as the crowdsourced funding campaign draws to a close. It’s the latest in a series of high-profile game projects funded through Kickstarter. The project by Stephenson’s Subutai Corp…. Read More


Ask Andru: Is Wii U really a next-generation console?

Today we received a question about Nintendo’s upcoming console release, Wii U, with GeekWire reader Alex wondering why the company continues to release new peripherals for a console that’s seen better days. Question: What’s up with the Wii U? Why is Nintendo releasing yet another expensive peripheral for the aging Wii? Nintendo originally announced Wii… Read More

Yanis Varoufakis

Video-game maker Valve: ‘An economist’s paradise’

Here’s a great weekend read. It’s the opening blog post in a new weekly series from noted economist Yanis Varoufakis, the “economist in residence” for Valve, the Bellevue-based company behind games such as Half-Life and Portal, in addition to the dominant Steam game-distribution platform. This makes perfect sense, actually. Gabe Newell, the Valve president, showed his… Read More


DigiPen students launch Touch Tactics gaming project

If you ever wanted to visit the industrial-design aesthetic of 18th-century Europe and command some artillery and battleships, then some students from DigiPen Institute of Technology have just the game for you. They even have zeppelins. The independent project, dubbed Touch Tactics, is a turn-based online strategy game that will leverage Apple’s Game Center. It will be… Read More


E3: PlayStation gets a lift from Harry Potter and HTC

Sony surprised the audience at the E3 video-game show tonight with the announcement of Wonderbook, physical books that use augmented reality in tandem with the company’s PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera to creative an interactive reading experience, bringing the book to life on the television screen. The company announced a partnership with Harry… Read More

Mark Pincus

Book Excerpt: Why a car crash couldn’t stop Zynga from revolutionizing gaming

[Editor's Note: Seattle-area journalist Carol Tice is the co-author, with serial entrepreneur David Lester, of the new book How They Started: How 25 Good Ideas Became Great Companies. In this excerpt, reprinted with permission, Tice tells the inside story of how entrepreneur Mark Pincus and his business partners turned an idea into the social gaming powerhouse... Read More