ZNAPS -The $9 Magnetic Adapter for your mobile devices by ZNAPS

Znaps had an initial goal to collect CAD 120.000,-…. and is reaching nearly a million now….. Znaps turns your smartphone charging port into a magnetic charger, similar to Apple´s MagSafe power connector – reducing the danger of tripping on the cord and sending your device on the floor.

Link: ZNAPS -The $9 Magnetic Adapter for your mobile devices by ZNAPS — Kickstarter.

Tencent sees 58% rise in profits YoY

The Chinese gaming giant is now the fourth-largest internet company in the world (!) with a reported USD 3,2 billion quarterly revenue and USD 957 million quarterly profit (!!). Tencent also holds 40 per cent share of Epic Games and acquired Riot Games  (“League of Legends”) in 2011.

Full story: Tencent sees 58% rise in profits YoY | GamesIndustry.biz.


New dating app Wyldfire lets women screen (invite) male users before they are able to join the platform – to keep out creepers who usually totally ruin the dating experience of mostly women. In addition to it, they promise to take any user-reports and user flags totally serious. — Another potential strong competitor for Lulu and Tinder…..

140 jobs lost in ProSieben’s Aeria Games Europe takeover

Seems like not even 20 people from ProSiebenSat.1 Games made the transition from Munich to the new “SevenGames” headquarter in Berlin……

The company now claims being the third largest publisher in Europe with a total community of 77 million people.

Full story: 140 jobs lost in ProSieben’s Aeria Games Europe takeover | GamesIndustry International.

Angry Birds-Maker Rovio Has A Slower Year With Revenues Flat

Rovio has slowed down growth with revenues rising from USD 210 million (2012) to USD 216 million (2013). Net profits fell dramatically to USD 37 million, as the company´s headcount has increased to a total of 800 by the end of 2013. — In 2012, it was 500 employees.

Full story: Angry Birds-Maker Rovio Has A Slower Year With Revenues Flat, Profits Down By About Half | TechCrunch.

Free-to-play a $470 million market in Brazil

Consoles still are prohibitively expensive in Brazil – so Free-to-Play has gained significant market share in Gaming with 17 million players between 13 and 65 (and still growing quickly).

For the full year research firm Interpret puts the market at an estimated USD 470 million, mostly coming from in-game purchases.

Full story: Free-to-play a $470 million market in Brazil – Report | GamesIndustry International.