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demina - in 3rd place South African becomes loyalty & gamification winner

Poland’s Przybylski is 2nd & Russia’s 19 yr-old Demina is 3rd

A 36 year old South African, Martin Naude became the first African winner of the Loyalty and Gamification World Championship. At the other end of the spectrum, Daria Demina of Russia became the youngest award-winner at the tender agoe of 19 years. In an extremely tight finish, Naude held off the ‘King of Play’ Krzysztof Przybylski (Warsaw, Poland) to take the top prize of $2,000. After a split judging decision, Naude was adjudicated winner on countback across the 12 World Leading Judging authorities. Both Naude and Przybylski have educational backgrounds in computer science, with Naude a Loyalty Rewards specialist and Przybylski a Gamification experienced professional. For Naude this was never about the money. Continue reading

xds_2014 XDS External Development Summit 2014

[ September 10, 2014 10:00 am to September 12, 2014 8:00 pm. ] Organisers: XDI
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Web: www.xdsummit.com
Hashtag: #xdsummit!

Register: here

XDS (eXternal Development Summit) is the external is the first professionals-only event for the video gaming industry. It’s primary focus is on external development for art, animation and software engineering. Continue reading

Christopher_Austin Guest Post: 5 most inspirational games in 2014

by Christopher Austin, a freelance writer who sometimes works with Airplane Games 365

As a video game developer, brainstorming for ideas for a new game is one of the most daunting tasks of the whole process. When the success or failure of the whole project relies on the decisions made at this point, it is easy to understand why it is so stressing. However, there is a neat trick to maximise your chances of success – getting inspiration from games that are already successful. So, here are my Top Games of 2014 that can act as inspirational sources. Continue reading

Brits update world leading fantasy footie app

GoMo meets team in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub

One of the main reasons why GoMo News trekked up to London’s Waterloo area was the fact that we were meeting in London’s high tech Thirsty Bear pub. Where you can order your drinks on an iPad. But we also wanted an insight into the thinking of a currently successful mobile game developer. And as such managed a cozy chat with Des O’Connor, a producer with Square Enix which has just released Champ Man 15. This is a world leading fantasy footie app and apparently ’15′ will appear first in the Apple iTunes App Store. Why this developer is releasing the iOS version first (rather than the Android version) totally eluded us. Continue reading

great opportunity for new developers - vakhrusheva Indie Prize showcase winners announced at Casual Connect Asia

Over 80 independent game developers competed for the Indie Prize Awards

Press release

May 22nd 2014. The host of Casual Connect Asia, the Casual Games Association, has announced the winners of Casual Connect Asia’s Indie Prize Awards. The winners of Best Game in Show received travel and two passes to Casual Connect USA on July 22nd -24th [2014] where they will participate in the Indie Prize showcase for that event. The games were judged by Philip Kendall, RocketNews24, Adrian Tay, AsiaOne, Aaron Yip, GameAxis, Spencer Yip, Siliconera, Steve Taylor, playTMN, Massimo Caporale, Marmalade, Aaron Walz, Walz Music, Tom Sperry, Exit Games, Uri Golan, TabTale, Jason Johnson, Casual Game Guides and a number of selected journalists. Continue reading

White_Nights_14 5th White Nights mobile games conference Russia

[ June 26, 2014 9:00 am to June 27, 2014 9:00 am. ] Organisers: Nevosoft
Venue: Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel
Location: St Petersburg, Russia
Web: www.wkconf.com
Twitter: #Wkconf

Register: here

This mobile games conference is an international mobile game development and marketing event. The White Knights conference attract influential professionals and developers in the mobile game industry. Continue reading

heer NASSCOM Gaming Forum takes a 20 member delegation to Singapore for Casual Connect Asia 2014

Press release

May 11th 2014. The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) Gaming Forum of India has announced that it will facilitate the travel of a 20 member delegation to Singapore for the upcoming Casual Connect Asia 2014 scheduled from 20th-22nd May [2014]. Casual Connect is produced by the Casual Games Association and is the premiere conference for the casual gaming industry with over 5,500 professionals attending the event each year. As part of the NASSCOM Gaming Forum delegation, Indian Games Studios heads will showcase innovative Indian games developed in the last few years at the event. Continue reading

racheal's photo is in the post Guest Post: iOS games can now be recompiled to Android

by Fredrick Cameron, a blogger, developer and games web site owner

As a games developer myself I was delighted to discover that iOS games developers will now be able to use a new tool to port their games to the Android platform. That’s thanks to a new tool from Marmalade Technologies called Juice. This breakthrough could give game developers access to a new market – with over a billion Android devices worldwide. The new tool will be included with all licenses for the Marmalade SDK software development kit. Continue reading

- Tams Video game conference moves to Serbia for November 2014

Ninth Annual Casual Connect Eastern Europe will be held in Belgrade this November

May 2nd 2014. The Casual Games Association, an international trade organisation for the video games industry, will be hosting the ninth annual Casual Connect Eastern Europe in Belgrade, Serbia on November 10th – 12th 2014. “Eastern Europe is a hotspot for game development, and we are excited to be heading to the energetic city of Belgrade,” says Jessica Tams, md of Casual Games Association. Continue reading

Casual_Connect_Belgrade 9th Casual Connect Eastern Europe

[ November 10, 2014 8:00 am to November 11, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Casual Games Association
Venue: Crowne Plaza Belgrade
Location: Belgrade, Serbia
Web:http://ee.casualconnect.org

Registration here

Hosted by the Casual Games Association and now in its ninth year, Casual Connect Eastern Europe brings together the most talented and knowledgeable experts in the video gaming field to further the industry with the best learning and networking opportunities for casual games professionals. Continue reading

shangri-la-hotel Your chance to spend time in Shangri-La via Casual Connect

The place to be for anyone in video gaming sector

Good news for those in the video games industry is that the Casual Connect Asia show is returning to Singapore between May 20th – 22nd this year [ 2014]. The show is taking place in Singapore’s famous Shangri-La Hotel. The hotel is regarded as one of Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotels and it is located in the heart of Singapore’s busiest entertainment and shopping district, Orchard Road. The organisers, the Casual Games Association, tell us that rooms in the Shangri-La Hotel can be had for $280 a night. It’s your chance to mingle with the top developers; publishers; distributors; and others involved in the video gaming industry in delightful surroundings. Continue reading

CCAsia2014 Casual Connect Asia 2014

[ May 20, 2014 8:00 am to May 22, 2014 6:00 pm. ] Organisers: Casual Games Association
Venue: Shangri-La Hotel
Location: Singapore
Web: http://asia.casualconnect.org/
Twitter: #CCAsia14

Registration here

Casual Connect is the place to learn more about an industry which entertains 300 million people each month. Along with the conference sessions, over 80 indie developers will be presenting their games at the Indie Prize Showcase. Continue reading

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Ireland’s mobile games specialist Plain Vanilla is breaking records

Interestingly, app marketing technology specialist, Fiksu, claims that QuizUp trivia game is the fastest growing iPhone game in history. The app created by Plain Vanilla app has created quite a stir with the success of its app scoring 10 million downloads since itslaunch in November 2013. As a direct result of deploying Fiksu’s platform, Plain Vanilla – a mobile games industry leader based in Iceland has also become the fastest growing app game developer in history, Fiksu reckons. Continue reading

any excuse ... gaye advert Candy Crush’s King is more than 1 hit wonder

IPO is apparently on hold, though

It’s been downloaded directly onto mobile phones over 500 million times (as of December 2014). Yes, we are talking about the game Candy Crush Saga which has been created by a British firm – King. Now back in September [2013], it secretly filed its pre-IPO documents but the Daily Telegraph here has reported that the company has backed off form a potential NASDAQ IPO. The blame for this is laid at the doors of Zynga which IPO’d in 2011 but has gone pear shaped since. GoMo News isn’t quite sure we’re comparing like with like. Continue reading

kapoor - most prominent female indie 100 indie game developers participate in the Indie Prize awards

Winners announced at Casual Connect Europe 2014

The Casual Games Association (which hosts to the Casual Connect Europe show and exhibition) has announced the winners of Casual Connect Europe showcase’s Indie Prize Awards. The games were judged by Nick Berry, Facebook; Arseny Lebedev, Signus Labs; Oscar Clark, Applifier; Ilja Goossens, Chartboost; Colin Behr, Vungle; George Bain, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe; Shailesh Prabhu, Yellow Monkey Studios; Massimo Caporale, Marmalade; and Philipp Rogmann, Gameradar. Plus a number of selected journalists but none from GoMo News. Yulia Vakhrusheva, director of Indie Prize, commented, “Indie Showcase served well to the participating developers in terms of growing their businesses and learning about the hottest trends in the industry.” Continue reading