From Doodle To Business

Ever had a great idea for an app A new crowdsourcing site has launched that brings together app lovers and other professionals allowing the owner the idea (“wizards”) to choose their team. Wizards then can promote the idea and try and get funding for the idea.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle Unveiled

Sony has revealed the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle for the PS3. The bundle includes a 320GB PlayStation 3 system, plus a controller and a copy of the game.

Additionally, the bundle will include a month of access to PlayStation Plus. The Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Bundle will be available at retailers nationwide for $299.99.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Gabe Newell Reportedly Teases Half-Life 2: Episode 3 With Haiku

Rumors of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 are running rampant at the moment due to some files in Dota 2. As if that wasn’t nearly obscure enough, Valve founder Gabe Newell (who is known to respond to fan emails) supposedly sent these haikus which are either a brilliant way to stoke fan expectations or a terrible tease, depending on where you’re coming from.

Do you like haikus
I like to write them sometimes…
Episode 3 soon

Haikus are neato
They have a rigid structure
Episode 3 ships in

Source: CVG

Valve Hosts Best Field Trip Ever

In what sounds like a blast, Valve hosted some seventh graders and allowed them to make their own levels in Portal. It’s a test of spacial relations and looks like a darned good time.

Burnout Crash: Don’t Hassle The Hoff

Burnout Crash is the downloadable version of the popular series, but don’t let that fool you. David Hasselhoff is here to prove just how great the game can be when you are the controller.

Facebook Unveils Integrated Media Aps At F8

Facebook has announced a new set of applications at their F8 developer conference. This will better integrate music, movies, and other media into their social network.

Users can say they are reading an article, watching a movie, or listening to a song.  Now, other users can see if it’s a song on Spotify or a certain TV episode on Hulu, and they could watch or listen along without leaving Facebook.

While Facebook has been accused of not listening to its customers, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “I think we actually do. At the same time, I think the world is moving quickly, and we want to be innovative.”

Gokul Rajaram, the product director for Facebook’s ads indicated that the company will be able to “evolve” its advertising program using the new apps. Advertisers will get more specific data for their ads and could turn activities into “sponsored stories” where appropriate.

Source: Adweek

Ninja Theory: Enslaved 2 Not Being Worked On

There have been lingering hopes that Enslaved: Journey to the West would produce a sequel, despite its lackluster commercial reception. However Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades has confirmed that any plans for a sequel to Enslaved have been shelved.

Enslaved should have done better,” said Antoniades. “Right now we should have been doing a sequel and perfecting that sequel and doing what franchises do, which is get better over time. [But] because that didn’t happen we’ve not expanded to two teams like we intended to. So we’ve remained a smaller shop. But now we get another chance with DMC.”

Source: CVG

Online, Mobile Studio Valuations May Have ‘Peaked’ Says Digi-Capital

Digi-Capital indicates that more mergers and acquisitions in the gaming space are coming, though high valuations for mobile and social companies may have peaked. Examples include EA’s $300 million purchase of Playfish and Disney’s acquisition of Playdom for roughly $700 million.

“The market is accelerating both in terms of investment and mergers and acquisitions,” said Digi-Capital managing director Tim Merel. “We don’t expect that trend to stop. In terms of valuations that’s a different question. Our broad view is that we think valuations will stay frothy for the next twelve months. Beyond that we’re not quite sure and that has nothing to do with the macro economic environment. It’s more to do with the headline-making deals that happened in the last few years. Some of those deals will pay off and some of them won’t.”

“Disney got completely beaten up the analysts and if you read between the lines of what they were saying it was ‘we don’t think you’re making enough profit from games, we think you over paid, why are you in games anyway ‘,” continued Merel. “We think a number of CEOs of public companies will get beaten up, it will hit the share price and they’ll stop being brave with deals and that will trickle down. So from a valuation perspective it’s probably not going to get stronger than it is right now.”


Facebook Apps Create 182,000 Jobs, Says Study

According to a study by the University of Maryland Business School, Facebook applications have created more than 182,000 jobs and contributed more than $12.19 billion in wages and benefits to the U.S. economy. The study was led by Il-Horn Hann, an associate professor of information systems, and was part of a partnership between Facebook and the University of Maryland.

“Our findings confirm that social media platforms have created a thriving new industry,” Hann said. “As Facebook and other platforms grow, we will continue to see job growth and the ripple effects of these advances in the U.S. economy.”

Research showed that Facebook apps has directly created 53,000 new jobs in the software companies that design the apps, and that the Facebook “app economy” has indirectly created at least an additional 129,000 jobs. Zynga, the largest social game maker, has over 2,000 employees.