Welcome to the Engage Digital Wrap-Up for the week of December 23, 2010. The Wrap-Up is where Engage Digital spotlights stories that we didn’t get to cover individually, but still make for interesting reading about the business of user engagement.
This will be Engage Digital’s last news post of the year. We will return to our regular updating schedule on January 3, 2011. Engage Digital wishes all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season.
- Analyst: Online Gaming To Generate Over $20 Billion In 2012: ABI Research calls for online games, including all MMOs, social games, and casual games, to generate $20 billion in revenue by 2012.
- Foursquare Launches New Android App Earlier Than Expected: Despite officially announcing that the company expected to release the new version of Foursquare in a matter of weeks, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley has announced that the updates are available now.
- Kongregate $25K Contest For Unity Developers: Kongregate has announced a $25,000 development contest in a bid to increase the number of games powered by the Unity graphics engine on its games portal. The first phase of the competition is open until February 15 and invites developers to submit games for evaluation to Kongregate.
- Need For Speed: World Surpasses 3 Million Users: Electronic Arts’s freemium online entry in the Need For Speed franchise has drawn over 3 million registered users since its launch in July.
- Photo App Instagram Is (Probably) Raising Money From Benchmark: Photo sharing app Instagram is rumored to be on the verge of accepting a round of funding from Benchmark Capital.
- Smurfberry Costs Can Add Up Fast In App: Capcom has added a warning to its Smurfs’ Village app for iPhone which explains that buying Smurfberries will cost real money. Users have to click through the warning before they can complete a purchase.
- SOE And Players Pitch In To Support Child’s Play: For this year’s Child’s Play charity virtual goods drive, SOE is offering exclusive items available in Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Free Realms, EverQuest, and EverQuest II.