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Zynga Beats Q4 Expectectations as Old Favorites Stay Strong

Zynga, the social gaming giant that ruled rode the early days of Facebook to massive popularity, is experiencing something of a rejuvenation in recent months. The company is reporting positive growth for 2016 and Q4 earnings that were beyond Wall Street's expectations. This is especially good news coming from a company that's always struggling to…

500.com Strives for Profitiability with Social Gaming Acquisition

500.com is hoping that its recent acquisition of a Chinese social poker site will help quell investor worries by bringing the company some much-needed positive revenue. It's a big move that could be a life changer for the struggling sports lottery giant. Company officials announced the acquisition of a 51 percent share of Qufan Internet…

Can Small Sites Still Compete in a Big Blog World?

The early days of Internet 2.0 were an underdog's dream world where the smallest blogs competed with massive corporations on a digital playing field that was fairly level. Those golden days are in the distant past now as big business has figured out the basics of effective blogging.  But does that mean that smaller blogs…

Illinois Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against DoubleDown Casino

DoubleDown Casino won a big legal victory recently when an Illinois judge tossed out a class action lawsuit filed against the company by a disgruntled customer. The move constitutes a big win for the social gaming industry. The lawsuit in question was filed by an Illinois resident named Margo Phillips. Phillips, who lost more than…

2015 Gaming Profit Reports: CIE is Up, Ladbrokes is Down

Gaming industry profit reports from 2015 and the results are a pretty mixed bag. The once struggling Caesars Interactive Entertainment Group (CIE) reported record profits, while Ladbrokes reported its first loss in a decade. Here are a few tidbits from the latest reports. CIE Books Record Profits CIE is a bright spot in a company…

Study Reveals Social Casino Player Profile

2015 was something of a mixed bag for the social casino vertical. With all the numbers tallied, the overall number of active monthly players was down 13% over the previous year. That's the bad news. The good news is that the players they were able to retain, the really hardcore players, are spending more time…

Zynga Posts Q3 Profit (No, That’s Not a Misprint)

Zynga, the once-dominant force in social gaming, surprised its legion of critics by doing something it hasn't done in a very long time; it posted a profit. The maker of a legion of social gaming favorites, including Words with Friends and Farmville, announced revenue of $195.7 million for Q3 2015. That's in an increase of…

Social Gaming Drives Chuchill Downs Revenue Leap

Q2 revenue is up in a big way at Churchill Downs thanks to a surge by their social gaming unit an strong showing during the Kentucky Derby. According to numbers announced this week and reported on by CalvinAyre.com, Churchill Downs pulled in $409 million worth of revenue during Q2 2015 (which ended on June 30).…

Zynga Gets Goods News, Bad News

Zynga stockholders got some great news this week. Thanks to a better-than-expected Q1 performance, shares in the once-mighty social gaming company jumped 6 percent. Great news, right? Unfortunately, there's one group in the Zynga universe who won't be celebrating that fiscal victory; the 348 staff developers who were laid off from the company this week.…

Google Beta Testing Social Casino Advertising

Google is softening its stance on internet gambling advertising by allowing social casinos access to AdWords. The new policy will be undergoing a beta stage beginning in March. Social casinos who opt to go with AdWords will have full access to all of Google's advertising platforms across search, mobile, YouTube and apps. These ads will…