Week that was

PocketGamer.biz Week That Was: Nintendo says no to Mario on Mobile, Zynga races ahead with CSR Racing, and Google sells off Motorola

PocketGamer.biz Week That Was: Nintendo says no to Mario on Mobile, Zynga races ahead with CSR Racing, and Google sells off Motorola

Having the gift of perfect hindsight is a mixed blessing.

Months ago, our own Jon Jordan opined that EA should have skipped over PopCap and bought NaturalMotion or MachineZone instead.

"...the benefit of hindsight suggests that EA should have been looking for upcoming - and then relatively cheap - F2P developers such as NaturalMotion or Machine Zone, both of which have demonstrated very strong commercial success over the past months."

Clearly, Zynga still saw tremendous value in NaturalMotion and snatched it up for roughly one sixth the amount of cash spent on the now-famous Supercell deal.

But the acquisition of the CSR Racing dev was just one of the major stories that happened over the past seven days. For the full picture, let's look back at the week that was.

Tools and platforms

Monetisation

Industry voices

Discovery, user acquisition, and retention

Funding, start ups, acquisitions, and shutterings

Financials

China
We celebrated the Lunar New Year with our annual three-part naming of the Top 30 Chinese Developers and a special focus on the Chinese mobile scene.


US Correspondent

Representing the former colonies, Matt keeps the Pocket Gamer news feed updated when sleepy Europeans are sleeping. As a frustrated journalist, diehard gamer and recovering MMO addict, this is pretty much his dream job.

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