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Facebook selects Criminal Case (not Candy Crush) as game of the year

Pretty Simple's Criminal Case is the Cinderella gaming story of the year, according to the social network.

By December 9, 2013


FTC: Disney's Playdom violated child protection act

The social-game service allegedly allowed children to register and share information in games without parental consent. The FTC has ordered Playdom to pay $3 million in fines.

By May 13, 2011


Facebook turns to other game developers, highlights Avengers Alliance

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.

By December 3, 2012


The Disney Way with acquisitions

Disney's track record with blockbuster buyouts is nothing short of magical. How will Lucasfilm fare? Ben Parr weighs in.

By October 30, 2012


Pot, meet kettle: Zynga sues former GM over IP theft

Zynga has filed a lawsuit against former employee Alan Patmore, claiming the general manager for CityVille has stolen trade secrets.

By October 16, 2012


Disney to acquire social-gaming company Playdom

The Mouse House, which already owns Club Penguin, announces plans to acquire this kingdom of play for $563.2 million, plus up to $200 million in performance-based earnouts.

By July 27, 2010


Now all Facebook apps can hit you up for subscriptions

The move opens up a new source of recurring revenue for Facebook app developers.

By August 8, 2012


Do Facebook games belong at E3?

Some of the biggest games around are shunned at the biggest gaming show.

By June 5, 2012


Playdom exec: Social gaming to look 'a lot more like Hollywood'

After raising $43 million in venture funding and acquiring two smaller companies, it's no surprise that Playdom's days of running like a Web start-up are numbered.

By November 12, 2009


FTC eyes updates to online child privacy rules

Looking to strengthen the rules, the Federal Trade Commission is proposing revisions that include adding geolocation information to the definition of "personal information."

By September 16, 2011