Bloomberg Report: Zynga Rises in Debut After Raising $1B in IPO Zynga Inc., the largest maker of games for Facebook, was little changed in its first day of trading after raising $1 billion in an initial public offering that gave it a higher valuation than Electronic Arts Inc. (ERTS) The shares, listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol ZNGA, gained 1 cent to $10.01 at 11:36 a.m. New York time. The developer of games such as “CityVille,” “FarmVille” and “Mafia Wars” sold 100 million shares for $10 each, the top end of an $8.50 to $10 range, Zynga said in a
Cloud Gaming: Making the Joystick Airborne I should just come out with it. The last video game system I purchased was a Nintendo 64, back in the early 2000s. No, I am not a bells-and-whistles type of gamer, by any stretch of the imagination. But yes, I do have an opinion on this sizable, influential community. Video games are a means by which a great many of us escape the reality of our sometimes disappointing lives. And according to several updat es in tech news, the cloud will revolutionize just how quickly gamers can tap into that escape: the celebration
Cloud Gaming Pioneer ‘OnLive’ Launches Breakthrough Service at ‘Eurogamer Expo’ in London London—22 September 2011 — OnLive, the pioneer of cloud gaming, launches its breakthrough on-demand video game service today at the 2011 Eurogamer Expo in London, bringing amazing new gameplay experiences to the UK. Gamers across the UK can sign up for free at www.onlive.co.uk and instantly play about 150 top-tier games via almost any broadband Internet connection on their HDTV, PC or Mac®, and soon on iPad® and Android® tablets. BT is the first internet service provider in the UK to offer cloud-based gaming to customers through its exclusive
Zynga, the Latest Cloud Computing Success The business world is abuzz with the upcoming Zynga IPO which is expected to raise $1 billion from investors and value the gaming company as high as $20 billion. Just for the record, Zynga is a California-based game developer that made FarmVille and CityVille, two of its most popular products, part of the popular lexicon. From modest beginnings in 2007, Zynga now has more than 2,000 employees across the world, annual revenues of $850 million, and a whopping 250 million daily online users. In fact, its meteoric growth has far surpassed expectations, even of
Amazon and 3DS Team on Delivering Cloud-Based Applications Dassault Systemes (3DS) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have teamed to enable companies of all sizes to get started quickly with 3DS Version 6 solutions on AWS. Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, delivers elastic cloud infrastructure. Dassault Systemes (3DS) specializes in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Both partners are collaborating to address the burgeoning demand by organizations to leverage cloud technologies to more efficiently deploy, maintain, and access 3D, Product Lifecycle Management and solutions. Dassault Systemes offers a platform that can be used for various purposes: run lifelike
Disney joins 50 game publishers who have provided games for the OnLive platform, with many more coming. OnLive is the pioneer of on-demand, instant-play video game services, delivering real-time interactive experiences and rich media through the Internet. With groundbreaking video compression technology, OnLive harnesses cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles to any HDTV via the OnLive Game System or nearly any PC and Mac via a small browser download. The OnLive Viewer app is available for the iPad and full gameplay is coming to both iPad and Android tablets.
Benefits From Cloud Computing “God must love the common man, he made so many of them.” – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), legendary American President. Three months back I had written an article on the benefits of cloud computing to various stakeholders, such as the Chief Information Officer (CIO), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), the IT manager, the system designer, the environmentalist and the end consumer, or in other words, the common man (and woman) referred to by President Lincoln above (See: How Cloud Computing Affects Real People). Today, I will elaborate more on the last stakeholder – the end consumer. Most
Is Amazon’s Cloud Player a Game changer in the Music Industry? “If music be the food of love, play on.” – From Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Last week, Amazon launched two new services – Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. While the first is a cloud-based storage facility, the second is a music player – available in a browser-based version and one for Android smart phones – that allows the user to stream any music files stored in the Cloud Drive to any compatible device or browser, even if the files themselves had not been synced there. In order to