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Tag Archives: Angry Birds
Google+ has been out just over a month but it’s already adding a feature that many have been asking for: games. The company has started to roll out games such as Angry Birds and Bejeweled Blitz, as well as some Zynga games such as Zynga Poker. But if you’re looking for CityVille or Farmville, you’ll be out of luck says TechCrunch’s MG Siegler.
How you view a new report by Thomson Reuters and National Venture Capital Association on venture capital fundraising really depends on whether you’re a glass-half-full or glass-half-empty type. According to the report, VC funds have raised $2.7 billion in the second quarter of 2011—but the number of firms raising funds has declined “significantly.”
Rovio, the Finnish games company and creator of Angry Birds, is entering legal hot water with Lodsys, a Texas company that claims Rovio violated its patents, according to the Telegraph. Lodsys claims its patents cover how Angry Birds allows players to purchase new levels in its mobile game apps. Angry Birds is downloaded more than one million times a day and has expanded beyond being a mobile app to many other platforms. The Telegraph reports that many European game developers have considered withdrawing their apps from the U.S. Apple App Store for fear Lodsys will sue them over the same patent violation: “The US patent system allows software implementations of ideas to be patented, which differs significantly from the European Union, although the European Parliament has been considering aligning patent rights with the US,” according to Start up Smart, a website for new businesses and entrepreneurs. “The growth of lawsuits in the US by so-called “patent trolls” – which simply demand payments after assessing intellectual property rights – poses a major threat to the burgeoning mobile app market.” Read more on The Telegraph.
Gamers using the Xbox and Games for Windows platforms are already familiar with Microsoft Points (aka Xbox points), a virtual currency used for in-game microtransactions. An upcoming game for Windows Phone called Birds & Beaks, developed internally by Microsoft Game Studios, now brings the in-application purchases into the Windows Phone universe–though given current trends, it could lead to a legal challenge.