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One thing is obvious about smartphone users: they like to DO stuff. Rarely will they passively read or watch anything on their phones for more than a minute. Unfortunately, the vast majority of news orgs' mobile news apps mostly just repackage the content of a complete news website. That is not a very compelling mobile app experience.

So try making news apps that do what apps do best: experiment with releasing smaller, special-purpose apps that focus on interactivity...

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Author

Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-06-21 13:43

The Daily and Sunday Express newspapers of the Express group have launched an online casino service on their news sites called express-casino.com, in collaborative partnership with Casinos Austria International, PressGazette.co.uk reported yesterday.

The white label online casino service launched on October 1, and will be operated by CAIGames.com, the online gaming platform of Casinos Austria International, according to a press release by the gaming company. The gaming hub on the news website features an extensive choice of online casino, slot machine, video poker, jackpot and instant games.

Image Source: Casino Austria International

As a part of the deal, the Express newspapers will support the new casino with advertising and editorial promotions on print and online, in return for the gaming service offerings, according to Press Gazette.co.uk.

The gaming division also offers users an opportunity to participate in unique promotions with landbased operations in the Casinos Austria International network around the globe, the press release stated.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-10-20 18:09

News Corp.'s video game site, IGN, is looking to make it easier for gamers to connect with one another, rate games, follow games and find out the latest news relating to games, paidContent reported. The website launched a gamer-focused social network yesterday, called MyIGN.

In June, almost 103 million users visited online gaming portals, with WildTangent Network taking the top spot, with 17.3 million. Next was GSN Games Network And CPMStar (16.9 million), Nickelodeon Casual games (15.3 million), Electronic Arts (EA) Online (15.1 million) and Disney Games (14.9 million), according to Gamers Daily News.

Other sites are looking to profit from the growing gaming sector, such as Facebook and Google, which recently bought a stake in Zynga, a social game maker, GDN noted. Google is also rumoured to be in talks with EA, and EA-owned Playfish, and was in talks with Playdom (recently bought by Disney), MediaPost reported. However, MyIGN's launch beats Google to the punch, as Google is likely looking "to create a social-network to rival Facebook."

AT&T is MyIGN's first top sponsor, according to MediaPost.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-07-29 22:38

The gaming market is no longer the privilege of console games, while online games are getting popular, according to a recent survey conducted by Blockdot, a firm specialised at Interactive Entertainment and Advergaming technologies.


The study, conducted in the spring of 2010 for the third consecutive year, targeted 500 game players on Kewlbox.com.

The study found that on average, online game engagement can last from five to 45 minutes per user session.

Traditional board games are still one of the most popular gaming genres - 88 percent of females and 80 percent of males said they had a positive intent to play these games.

Among female players, puzzle games remain extremely popular, while action-puzzle games gained popularity for both genders.

A dramatic shift in gaming preferences since 2008 goes to first-person shooter games - it was once very popular among males, but dropped 20 percent in positive intent to play, and there is 70 percent increase in negative intent.

Although multi-player games are gaining attention, over nine out of 10 respondents still prefer single-player game play.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-07-20 23:08

Nintendo 3D gaming device, 3DS, should hit the market no later than March 31, 2011, or even sooner than that, 1UP.com reported.

According to Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata in an interview, the device's online connectivity could also be used for downloading and viewing traditional print media.

"As you carry it with you while out and about, it will seek out and automatically connect with wireless LAN spots, and download information. We're thinking about functionality where it will automatically acquire newspaper and magazine articles," Iwata said to Japanese news outlet Nikkei, 1UP.com reported.

According to Iwata, Nintendo is trying to find ways to "beam newspapers, and magazine articles straight to the Nintendo 3DS". He did not mention whether it'd be a full newspaper, or just certain sections or a single article, but it seems that magazines are "cordoned off to just a single article, and not the entire issue," Slash Gear reported.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-06-22 23:24

The Philadelphia Inquirer's, Philly.com has entered into a partnership with Fanduel.com to boost its online revenues through online sports betting, a press release posted on Casino City Times announced. This is the first U.S. newspaper partner FanDuel, created by UK social gaming company HubDub.

Many UK newspapers have offered betting and online paid games for years, but U.S. law is much more strict when it comes to online gambling. FanDuel is exempt, however, due to "the fantasy sports carve out in the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act; as stated, the only difference is that FanDuel-powered fantasy sports games only last a day (for baseball) and a week (for football)," TechCrunch Europe reported.

Philly.com plans to launch an online fantasy sports game touted as a "one-night stand," as players play and win in as little as a day, using real money, according to the press release. The game was first launched by the company in July 2009 as a standalone version, and is seen by many as the future of fantasy sports.

As newspapers struggle to maximise online revenues, this deal is a clever move by The Inquirer to generate revenue from commissions, thereby proving mutually profitable to FanDuel as well, TechCrunch commented.

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-04-09 04:23

Mochi Media launched Mochi Coins Tuesday, to take advantage of the growing opportunity for micro-transactions, Cnet reported Monday. This follows the recent release of a comScore study showing that the online gaming audience grew 22 percent in the United States since last year, reaching 87 million in May.

According to the study, the development of sophistication and interactivity of Flash games has closed the gap with traditional console games, the game sales of which have dropped 31 percent from June last year.

"This shows that there is a huge market there that has big numbers in terms of users and time spent that can now inject serious cash via micro-transactions," the CNet article stated.

Mochi Coins lets developers and game portals earn real money from Flash games by allowing users to purchase game upgrades and credit though the programme itself via PayPal or credit card.

Like newspapers and other media, Flash games have formerly relied on advertising, as well as licensing, as the primary source of revenue. However, such a model requires an incredibly popular game to generate income.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-07-23 22:05

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