The new frontier of social gaming has seemed like the Wild West at times, with developers playing fast and loose in imitating each other’s successful concepts, from FarmTown to Farmville and Mafia Wars to Mobsters.
But there are signs the industry is maturing as bigger players move in, with Disney reaching a settlement with Zynga on Tuesday over its legal dispute with Playdom.
With European competition officials close to a decision on whether to open a full investigation into Google, the opposition forces (with Microsoft clearly in the background) have been ramping up the attack.
This week comes the launch of website Haveibeenpenalized.com, where people who feel they have suffered unfairly at the hands of Google’s ranking algorithms can have their say.
When I spoke to Marc Pinter-Krainer, co-founder of online news aggregator One News Page and instigator of the site, he said the initiative had been his company’s idea. But he did add that the Microsoft-backed group ICOMP had played a part – providing financial support and introducing him to British MPs to make his case.