"Kabam Field"—Game Company Sponsorship Gives Stadium a Ridiculous Name

The good news is the University of California, Berkeley is getting $18 million, plus some scholarships, donations to its library and other stuff universities like to get from successful alumni donors. The bad news is they have to go around calling their football stadium "Kabam Field" for the next 15 years. » 12/07/13 4:00pm 12/07/13 4:00pm

Introducing Kotaku Social and Kotaku Mobile

There are more gamers in the world today than ever before, but the vast majority isn't turning to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Wii U for their interactive entertainment fix. They're logging into Facebook or opening up their smart phone's app store. These new, readily accessible gaming platforms have given birth to a… » 11/19/12 1:00pm 11/19/12 1:00pm

Every Friend Recruited for Bubble Galaxy with Buddies is Clean…

Scopely's latest "with Buddies" game hits the iTunes app store today, bringing with it a flood of clean drinking water for a developing country. The developer has partnered with charity:water to donate a gallon of water to the West African country of Burkina Faso for every friend you nag to play. » 10/24/12 8:55am 10/24/12 8:55am

EA: Social Games Aren't Dying, But Consumers 'Won't Pay for Crap'

With player numbers dropping and the recent revelation that 85 percent stop playing after the first day, a shadow hangs over the once ridiculously profitable social gaming scene. Speaking today at App Conference in San Jose, Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello said that the decline of social gaming is overplayed; it's … » 10/19/12 3:55pm 10/19/12 3:55pm

After One Day, 85 Percent of Facebook Gamers Don't Care About Their Own …

Research by a "social game analysis firm,"—the existence of that title tells you a lot about the state of the business—indicates that 85 percent of social gamers, who began a new title sometime between July and September, quit playing it after just one day. Nine out of ten of them didn't play it after September. » 10/18/12 7:30pm 10/18/12 7:30pm

Bubble Witch Saga Pops In On the Future of Cross-Platform Social Gaming

Today players of King.com's popular Bubble Witch Saga can continue their Facebook-based quest on the iPhone and iPad. To some a free-to-play puzzle game that seamlessly synchronizes between Facebook and smartphone might not sound like that big of a deal. To others it's another step on the path towards a future of… » 7/26/12 8:30am 7/26/12 8:30am

MTV Social Game Makes Election Season a Competition For Players, Not…

MTV has been active in encouraging younger voters to get to the polls for well over 20 years. In 1992 they brought the "Choose or Lose" campaign to the airwaves, and in the decades since they have frequently partnered with nonprofit Rock the Vote to air initiatives encouraging 18-24 year-old voters to get to the polls… » 4/24/12 11:30am 4/24/12 11:30am

Jamil Moledina Bets on a Platform-Free Gaming Future with Funzio

Some believe the future of video games lies in the web-based streaming of triple A titles. Others feel that game consoles and PCs will one day be replaced with mobile devices. Game industry luminary Jamil Moledina sees a future dominated by social action games that people can play regardless of platform. » 11/07/11 9:30pm 11/07/11 9:30pm

Bobby Kotick Didn't Buy Myspace & Friendster is Now a Social Gaming Site

Activision boss Bobby Kotick didn't buy Myspace. Someone else will for a measly $35 million (considerably less than the $580 million IGN owner News Corp. paid in 2005). Furthermore, also-dying social network Friendster is now a social gaming hub. » 6/29/11 5:20pm 6/29/11 5:20pm

Gaming Addicted Woman Strangles Toddler, Leaves His Body On Floor For…

Here's a story full of holiday cheer: A Korean woman, who'd just finished a four-hour social gaming session when her 3-year-old urinated on the floor, strangled the toddler and left his body to decompose in the home for three days. » 12/23/10 6:00pm 12/23/10 6:00pm