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(The Times of India)   As Zynga drops its plans to implement games that allow you to gamble with real money, investors suddenly realize that's essentially what they've been doing by owning stock in Zynga   (economictimes.indiatimes.com) divider line 25
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2013-07-26 01:49:07 PM
l.wigflip.com
 
2013-07-26 03:14:54 PM
nyrb.typepad.com
 
2013-07-26 03:29:47 PM
nice to read about a local bay area company here in an article in the Times of India...


like reading about all the US trailer trash in the Sun or Daily Fail
 
2013-07-26 03:34:42 PM
Am I the only one who knows that the huge month-to-month drop in Zynga players coincides with Zynga leaving Google Plus?

(Zynga) Google Games went away on before June 30.
 
2013-07-26 03:42:33 PM
That's okay, maybe Zynga investors can just invite 20 of their Facebook friends to buy Zynga stock.
 
2013-07-26 04:03:46 PM
...and nothing of value was lost.

/bonus for seeing that smug ass-xbone dude is going to fall again, with them.
//now there is a dude with a punchable face
 
2013-07-26 04:09:56 PM
How did they think this would be remotely legal in the US? Microsoft came up with the "moon points" system to get around US betting laws.

/Zynga employes update you resumes
 
2013-07-26 04:45:40 PM

scottydoesntknow: [l.wigflip.com image 620x960]

He managed to make a comic using only ten words and it is still too wordy. Wtf.
 
2013-07-26 04:57:07 PM

Pick13: How did they think this would be remotely legal in the US? Microsoft came up with the "moon points" system to get around US betting laws.


I can provide an example. Think of King - the company that made Candy Crush Saga. Their main website, king.com, is the home of the original Candy Crush game. It also hosts a hundred or so other Flash games of various types; puzzle games, matching games, strategy games.

Their site lets you add real money to an account to pay for a VIP membership. Once done, you can participate in tournaments that have an entry fee. Every player that participates competes via their own identical copy of the game field (if you're playing Candy Crush, you get the same starting board/drop pattern everyone else does). The top-ranking scorers in the tournament win real money back as part of their prize package.

This is effectively real-money gambling on Flash games, but it's wrapped in such a way that it probably classifies out as "games of skill" (the same classification poker players love to push for). King.com does a /lot/ of business this way, though it garners less attention than the in-game transactions of something like Candy Crush Saga due to the fascination people have with the large (Facebook) player-base of that title.

I'm not sure why Zyngaisn'tpushing in this direction. I thought ripping off other people's business models was kinda their thing.
 
2013-07-26 05:31:21 PM
You know what? fark it. If someone starves because they gambled all their money away on Zynga games, maybe we're better off as a species.
 
2013-07-26 06:14:29 PM
Sigh. All those wonderful US play money donkeys friends.

/back to grinding it out with jaded Merge regs
//and waiting for my Full Tilt money to get out of limbo
 
2013-07-26 06:14:49 PM

Wingchild: Their site lets you add real money to an account to pay for a VIP membership. Once done, you can participate in tournaments that have an entry fee. Every player that participates competes via their own identical copy of the game field (if you're playing Candy Crush, you get the same starting board/drop pattern everyone else does). The top-ranking scorers in the tournament win real money back as part of their prize package.


OK, my first question here was "WTF is Candy Crush"?  After googling and finding the original (apparently) flash game, I see the answer is "The exact same farking matching game I've seen in a hundred different places since at least the mid 90's".  I guess there's some kind of 'public domain' clause working here that keeps them from getting sued to farkery.
 
2013-07-26 06:28:58 PM
and why in Jebus' name does FARK have these hideous banners?

d3.zedo.com

goddammit so much
 
2013-07-26 07:04:51 PM
Drew will get beer money any way he can.
 
2013-07-26 07:32:37 PM

netringer: Am I the only one who knows that the huge month-to-month drop in Zynga players coincides with Zynga leaving Google Plus?

(Zynga) Google Games went away on before June 30.


Are you suggesting that a full 40% (or 25%, seems like that's the number I saw in another article, but whatever) of Zynga's active, daily users were coming from Google Plus?
 
2013-07-26 07:49:28 PM

Bung_Howdy: and why in Jebus' name does FARK have these hideous banners?

[d3.zedo.com image 728x90]

goddammit so much


Same reason the sidebar is full of Newsmax links for angry old people, I guess.
 
2013-07-26 08:11:30 PM

Bung_Howdy: and why in Jebus' name does FARK have these hideous banners?


I know it's cliche, but Adblock, dude.  Seriously.  It's farking magical.  Do it for the dramatically improved page load times if nothing else.  And you're TF so it's not like you're not already supporting the site.

i.imgur.com
/Firefox 3.6 ftw
 
2013-07-26 08:34:29 PM

jayhawk88: netringer: Am I the only one who knows that the huge month-to-month drop in Zynga players coincides with Zynga leaving Google Plus?

(Zynga) Google Games went away on before June 30.

Are you suggesting that a full 40% (or 25%, seems like that's the number I saw in another article, but whatever) of Zynga's active, daily users were coming from Google Plus?


Nah. I don't think it was all G+ but Google Games had to be a goodly part of it.
 
2013-07-26 10:39:32 PM
Am I missing something, or is every Zynga game essentially a Ponzi scheme?
 
2013-07-26 10:43:39 PM
Zynga deserves to burn for what they did during their IPO, i.e. 'Hey non-executive - give us your stock options back or you're fired.'
 
2013-07-27 12:31:59 AM

Bung_Howdy: and why in Jebus' name does FARK have these hideous banners?

goddammit so much


Fark doesn't "have" the ads, it provides space for a banner served by an ad service. The ad you see is based on your browsing history. Yes, they're watching you masturbate to the Politics tab.

netringer: Am I the only one who knows that the huge month-to-month drop in Zynga players coincides with Zynga leaving Google Plus?


[citation needed]
 
2013-07-27 12:42:04 AM

dookdookdook: Wingchild: Their site lets you add real money to an account to pay for a VIP membership. Once done, you can participate in tournaments that have an entry fee. Every player that participates competes via their own identical copy of the game field (if you're playing Candy Crush, you get the same starting board/drop pattern everyone else does). The top-ranking scorers in the tournament win real money back as part of their prize package.

OK, my first question here was "WTF is Candy Crush"?  After googling and finding the original (apparently) flash game, I see the answer is "The exact same farking matching game I've seen in a hundred different places since at least the mid 90's".  I guess there's some kind of 'public domain' clause working here that keeps them from getting sued to farkery.


From what I've read, Candy Crush is a juxtaposition of Bejeweled and Tetris.  It's very addictive.  You can play the game to the point where you lose.  Then, much like old-school coin-op games, you need to buy another life.  You purchase tokens you can redeem to keep playing.  If you don't, you're locked out of the game for 20 minutes and have to start over from scratch.  It's brilliant.
 
2013-07-27 01:06:46 AM

foo monkey: You purchase tokens you can redeem to keep playing.  If you don't, you're locked out of the game for 20 minutes and have to start over from scratch.  It's brilliant.


The only 'brilliant' thing about it is the psychopath who figured out how to make a million dollars a day with nothing but a 4MB flash game and a crack dealer's guilt-free willingness to exploit other people's faulty brain chemistry for cash.
 
2013-07-27 01:28:07 AM

dookdookdook: Wingchild: Their site lets you add real money to an account to pay for a VIP membership. Once done, you can participate in tournaments that have an entry fee. Every player that participates competes via their own identical copy of the game field (if you're playing Candy Crush, you get the same starting board/drop pattern everyone else does). The top-ranking scorers in the tournament win real money back as part of their prize package.

OK, my first question here was "WTF is Candy Crush"?  After googling and finding the original (apparently) flash game, I see the answer is "The exact same farking matching game I've seen in a hundred different places since at least the mid 90's".  I guess there's some kind of 'public domain' clause working here that keeps them from getting sued to farkery.


your exposure to human beings and television must be amazingly limited.
 
2013-07-27 03:28:18 PM
remember when Facebook was going to zero?  that was fun.
 
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