The browser, and now mobile-based, game developer is a fast-growing force in the industry, infusing a traditionally low-brow model with the passion and craft of serious gamers.
The social game developer's first title for iOS -- Backyard Monsters: Unleashed -- comes at a time when its browser and mobile-based games are becoming too big, and too good, to ignore.
Zynga's social-game competitor says its better-known rival is relying on its legal department to stay afloat.
The niche game maker promises to fight to its "last breath" in a new lawsuit it's bringing against the social-gaming giant regarding accusations of trade secret theft.
Game maker had accused a former executive of taking confidential game designs to a rival last year.
Pretty Simple's Criminal Case is the Cinderella gaming story of the year, according to the social network.
The App Center will appear as a bookmark on user home pages and mobile apps in countries such as India, South Africa, and the U.K.
The gaming company is going after its former general manager of CityVille, saying that he stole "sensitive and commercially valuable data" and left a "forensic trail of his wrongful conduct."
The move opens up a new source of recurring revenue for Facebook app developers.
Shortly after loosening its ties to Zynga, the social network puts a spotlight on Playdom and lets the game developer talk about how easy it was to develop on Facebook.