Devoid of any other ideas to generate cash, Zynga is now suing the owners of Bang With Friends because the Words with Friends owner feels the name is infringing on its trademark.
The struggling mobile gaming studio develops popular games that commonly end with the “With Friends” moniker (Words, Chess, Running, etc.) and asserts that Bang With Friends used it to gain popularity.
And in a shocking upset, Edward Norton beat out Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush, Jonah Hill and Eva Longoria in Zynga’s first-ever celebrity competition of Words with Friends, a game that we had all previously assumed Alec Baldwin was the hands-down champion of. As it turned out, Mr. Baldwin didn’t even enter the ring, basically throwing the fight to the Fight Club actor, who won $132,500 for his charity, Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust.
Mr. Norton did give a shout-out to the WWF master in his acceptance speech:
While we were holding our breath for HBO’s dark and gritty adaptation of Angry Birds (starring James Gandolfini as Head Pig, Lauren Ambrose as Yellow Bird, and Paz de la Huerta as an egg), CBS was busy acquiring Zynga’s breakout app Draw Something for a new game show. You can even audition on the network’s website!
‘Curse of Dick Fuld’: Ken Watanabe, chief executive officer of Nomura Holdings and the driving force behind the bank’s purchase of Lehman Brothers European and Asian operations, resigned as the company indicated that insider-trading offenses committed within the company go beyond those identified by Japanese regulators. Mr. Watanabe leaves Nomura three weeks after Read More
Zynga’s recent sitdowns with investors place a valuation of the Farmville gamemaker at somewhere between $7 billion and $9 billion, around double the $4 billion pricetag slapped on the company last April, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The potential $250 million investment makes Zynga the latest entry on a growing list of Read More
Zynga, one of the fastest growing businesses on the web, now has a New York arm.
Game developer Area Code announced today that they will be known as Zynga New York.
There are no details at the moment on what Zynga paid to acquire Area Code or if this was more of a Read More
Lower East Siders won’t be happy to hear this.
Cash-rich local startup GroupMe has decided it’s time to plaster stickers everywhere.
Remember the sticker-centric publicity stunt by Facebook game-maker Zynga in August? (See Farmville Makers Inspire Lower East Side Vendetta.) Zynga stickered sidewalks with fake cash and windows with fake bullet holes to promote the Read More
The Wall Street Journal continues its aggresive reporting on the world of online tracking and advertising under the Orwellian heading of “What They Know.”
Today, The Journal reports that popular third party Facebook apps like Zynga’s Farmville, Texas Hold-Em and Frontierville were transmitting personal information to advertising firms. According to the story, “The Read More