Ko is a good spokesperson for Zynga and can communicate their strategic vision clearly. The new management team is gaining my confidence back. I am back in.
Go KO! Knock Out!
world known it is.
I was actually surprised Zynga is ranked as the No. 4 social business brand on social business index.
2. Walt Disney
3. News Corp
5. NBC Universal
7. Time Warner
Brand recognition has its merits.
We'll see how it goes.
You will be shocked as to what your CEO has said and been doing to try and prevent you from leaving EA (if you are trying to leave), and if you got fired shortly after you sent a resume to Zynga, call an employment lawyer. I am sad but #$%$ for you.
EA employees who read this, will be peeved, knowing that if they start looking elsewhere, their CEO is telling his contacts at other companies to send them back to him or their boss (to what? Get fired?).....EA employees will be leaving in drones or getting together and striking. For any EA employees who applied at Zynga, did not get hired, but the got fired by EA shortly after--you should sue EA as you may have been one of those that got "sent back this way". EA is evil and it starts at the top. This practice is illegal as it impacts one's livelihood. There are employment laws to protect you.
Actually, EA's lawsuit against Zynga was more predictable (and desperate), given how much market share EA has been losing in console games and not even catching up in social games, and EA departures to Zynga, Riccitielllo could not take it anymore so he acted (and shows how desperate he is).
Why would any jury side with EA? Copying games? LoL! Games inspire developers to make better games all the time but they are never exactly the same. And why would the public, gamers, and courts allow a mediocre game be a monopoly/the only one and not let others try to improve on it? If that happened, we would only have like one stupid game that may be so lame but copyright laws say sorry, you cannot do that? Society and the economy would go nowhere. Just stupid. Grow up EA.
Survival of the fittest, healthy competition, is what I say.
Thru new partnership with Scientific Games
Nevada Online Poker Applicant to Bring Lottery Tickets to Zynga
NEWS IN BRIEF
By Dave Ferrara
SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Scientific Games, a lottery company with interests in Nevada online poker, is partnering with Zynga, a company official announced this weekend at the World Lottery Summit in Montreal.
In announcing the three-year partnership, Steven M. Saferin, president of the company’s properties group and chief creative officer, said that “Zynga players could win instant tickets for cash or virtual goods.”
“Every ticket will be a winner,” he said.
SG Gaming, a division of Scientific Games, which makes lottery ticket kiosks, is one of 32 corporate entities that has applied for an interactive gaming license in Nevada which would allow them to participate in the state’s online poker industry.
While a spokeswoman with Scientific Games said the Zynga collaboration was unrelated to Nevada online poker, Saferin included Zynga Poker players as those eligible for the instant tickets.
Zynga averages 320 million average monthly users.
For years, he said, Scientific Games has tried to come up with ways to expand the reach of lotteries, Saferin said.
“This is probably the best social gaming brand that we can think of that will help lotteries grow their player base and attract new, younger players, which everyone talks about all the time,” Saferin said.
Last year, the California Online Poker Association (COPA) launched a free-play, “social” online poker room provided by Scientific Games and Playtech.
Looks like Apple is helping the mobile ad ecosystem.
The longer screen makes it more ideal/better suited for top/bottom banner ad placement for iOS developers without disrupting the core App/Game play. Also helps stretch the screen for virtual game controls.
Interesting new genre they are tapping into.
Kids love Pokemon, video games, on Wii, DS, trading cards, cartoons, TV, movies.
If it becomes a hit, a new franchise is born. Pokemon has made over $30B in revenue over the last decade.
My kids love the Montopia mobile app. A step in the right direction.
One method of payment on mobile phones. Social gaming is the growth area.
Mobile gaming, which has been an early and popular application for carrier billing, is currently the biggest generator of carrier billing revenues, accounting for over half of all transactions and growing at a rate of almost 30% year-to-year. Within that, some areas are doing better than others: traditional mobile games currently bringing in $4.50 per month, and have grown by only 10%; but, perhaps because it is a newer market, social gaming is seeing a much stronger rise: its average revenues per user are up by 40% to over $5 per month.
And on a wider scale, social media applications accounted for 5% of all carrier billing transactions.
You have good points.
I have been accumulating big lately. This is the time to buy.
Many game developers will eventually move to online or social (console is dying partially due to piracy issues and online solutions remove the piracy issue), and Zynga has the infrastructure to support a massive online gaming community and make it easy for developers to use and not worry about the back end complexities. That is a future core strategy of Zynga. They will not be making all their own games anymore but become a service provider (a social game Cloud utility model) to many. The CCO starting up his own company with Zynga as an investor is the beginning of this trend. Developer and R&D costs will be reduced greatly. Zynga's motto is be your own CEO. They want talent to leave on good terms and form their own company but use their Zynga infrastructure for online social games as there is no other that matches it. That is the long term monetization model of social games for Zynga. The virtual dollars and ads are nice to have and pays for the lights but the real money making machine is coming (and this excludes online gaming opportunities).
Also, in 2015, they are no longer bound to using FB credits and I can see them creating their own payment system. They have the infrastructure already there. They just cannot break the FB contract right now. Another big money maker as margins will increase, costs reduced.
Don't underestimate this hidden "bull"dog. It is a long speculative hold I am willing to take right now. You need the stomach for this ride though.
Yeah, and not just Zynga's stats. It is across the Developer leaderboard by about 40%.
Many Analysts and Media use it to help them get a pulse on user growth and quote it at times in articles. The website should shut down as it is unreliable and misleading and potentially harmful to misinformed investors, and AppData could potentially be sued.
Yeah, I agree.
It is more like "€rap, I'm gonna get fired for slacking off last quarter and letting my numbers drop (cuz I thought I did not have to work as stock price was doing ok last quarter and was waiting to cash out anyway), so I better start looking for a new job first so I can say "you can't fire me, I quit".
I say good riddance. No need to pay that GM severance. If he were my GM and let the numbers (MAUs) drop like that, I would fire him for sure. Happens all the time to sales people who don't meet their quota.
Having these fellows leave with some dignity shows some class.
Big positive. I agree with this judge.
Playing Poker is analogous to playing on the stock market which is why America is somewhat addicted to Poker as America is somewhat addicted to the stock market.
1. The Stock / Company in Poker is You, the Player
2. Skilled companies can make money, and people invest in the Stock
Skilled Poker players can make money, and if you believe in yourself, you will hold (Call), or invest more (Raise) in yourself
3. There are outside forces/variables in the stock market that you cannot control and can drive the Stock up/down. The outside forces in Poker is the deck of cards (outside variables), the "luck". Good companies learn to deal with those variables and can still come out ahead, like good Poker players.
4. You can cash out on a Stock, like a Poker player can Fold, and come back later and invest in yourself again.
Now the online bit:
5. You can buy Stocks online for real money, and is highly regulated, has rules/laws, has controls, oversight, financial statements, tax rules.
Q: Why can't online Poker be the same/use the same concepts?
Allow Poker online
Have controls/oversight over it
Provide Player Statements showing your gain/loss statements (Gains less ACB) that the IRS also gets a copy of like your earnings statements.
Tax the revenue from it (like stocks and state tax depends on your residence when you file your tax return).
How simple. The stock market systems are already in place to have the poker systems run in a similar way, at the Federal level.
Congress, get to work. Do you realize how much tax revenue is being lost?
Why do you allow people to buy stocks online (a form of gambling at times), across state lines, and not have real money Poker legalized online?
Zynga Poker Mobile App on Nokia phones/Nokia store
Nokia strong presence in Europe
Online gaming legal in Europe
Zynga will launch online gaming in 2013 outside US
I think everyone is still on vacation
It also has Zynga's name and logo attached to the App (not Phosphor)-interesting
I wonder how much $commission they get from each sale.
Technically he sold his other two homes first for $10.1m, so net new cash needed for the $16.5m home was $6.4m, which he probably already had in the bank, even if he sold Zynga shares or not.