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Pet Rescue Saga was launched on mobile devices June 14th, allowing users to have the same great cross-platform experience they’ve come to enjoy with Candy Crush.

Tommy Palm, Games Guru of King, was at E3 along with Consort’s own Paul Brady, meeting with media to brief them on the news.  What follows are a few of the stories that appeared from their hard work in LA.

Congrats team!

Sirius XM – Unlimited Lives
E3 Day 2 Recap
By Mary Iampietro
June 14, 2013
http://unlimitedlivesxm.tumblr.com/
 
Mashable
Hands-On With Our Favorite Apps From E3
By Emily Price
June 17, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/06/17/apps-e3-hands-on/
 
Examiner
Candy Crush Saga on Kindle Fire HD? Game on top free apps for Android, Apple
By Matt Couden
June 17, 2013
http://www.examiner.com/article/candy-crush-saga-on-kindle-fire-hd-game-on-top-free-apps-for-android-apple
 
Laptop Magazine
Hands-on with Pet Rescue Sage: Your Next Mobile Addiction
By Sherri Smith
June 14, 2013
http://blog.laptopmag.com/pet-rescue-saga
 
GameInformer
Puppies, Dungeons, And Siberia – This Week’s Mobile Roundup
By Matt Aker
June 14, 2013
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/06/13/puppies-dungeons-and-siberia-this-week-s-mobile-roundup.aspx
 
Consumer Electronics Daily News
“Pet Rescue Saga” Game Now Available for Mobile Play
June 14, 2013
http://www.cedailynews.com/2013/06/-pet-rescue-saga-game-now-available-for-mobile-play.html
 
AppleNApps (Article and Video)
E3 2013: ‘N Action Video: Pet Rescue Saga – From Makers Of Candy Crush
By Trevor Sheridan
June 14, 2013
http://applenapps.com/special-event/e3-2013-n-action-video-pet-rescue-saga-from-makers-of-candy-crush.html
 
AppAdvice
King’s Social Gaming Saga Continues On iOS With Block-Blasting Pet Rescue Saga
By Aldrin Calimlim
June 14, 2013
http://appadvice.com/appnn/2013/06/kings-social-gaming-saga-continues-on-ios-with-block-blasting-pet-rescue-saga
 
JayIsGames
Pet Rescue Saga
By John Bardinelli
June 13, 2013
http://jayisgames.com/archives/2013/06/pet_rescue_saga.php
 
AndroidPolice
Mega-Popular Game Pet Rescue Saga Scurries Into The Play Store
By Ryan Whitwam
June 12, 2013
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/06/12/new-app-mega-popular-game-pet-rescue-saga-scurries-into-the-play-store/
 
Game Vortex
Pet Rescue Saga Goes Mobile
By Robert Perkins
June 14, 2013
http://www.gamevortex.com/gamevortex/news.php/1607
 
San Francisco Chronicle
Hoping for Another Saga
By Benny Evangelista
June 13, 2013
 
USA Today
King.com unleashes ‘Pet Rescue Saga’ onto mobile devices
By Mike Snider
June 13, 2013
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/06/13/kingcom-pet-rescue-saga-mobile/2418019/
 
BusinessWeek
King games hopes for a 2nd big ‘Saga’
June 13, 2013
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201306131555KRTRIB__BUSNEWS_19109_26456-1&params=timestamp%7C%7C06/13/2013%203:55%20PM%20ET%7C%7Cheadline%7C%7CKing%20games%20hopes%20for%20a%202nd%20big%20’Saga’%20%5BSan%20Francisco%20Chronicle%5D%7C%7CdocSource%7C%7CMcClatchy-Tribune%7C%7Cprovider%7C%7CACQUIREMEDIA%7C%7Cbridgesymbol%7C%7CUS;MSFT&ticker=MSFT
 
Mashable
King’s ‘Pet Rescue Saga’ Launches on Mobile
By Emily Price
June 13, 2013
http://mashable.com/2013/06/13/kings-pet-rescue-saga/
 
VentureBeat
Pet Rescue Saga Goes Mobile
By Evan Killham
June 13, 2013
http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/13/pet-rescue-saga-goes-mobile/
 
TheNextWeb
Candy Crush maker King expands its 190M-user gaming kingdom with Pet Rescue Saga for iOS and Android
By Josh Ong
June 13, 2013
http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/06/13/candy-crush-maker-king-expands-its-190m-user-gaming-kingdom-with-pet-rescue-saga-for-ios-and-android/
 
The Drum
Popular Facebook game Pet Rescue Saga launches on mobile and table
By Angela Haggerty
June 13, 2013
http://www.thedrum.com/news/2013/06/13/popular-facebook-game-pet-rescue-saga-launches-mobile-and-tablet
 
The Guardian
King hopes Pet Rescue Saga will be a Candy Crush Saga-sized mobile hit
By Stuart Dredge
June 13, 2013
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/appsblog/2013/jun/13/pet-rescue-saga
 
Pocket-Lint
Pet Rescue Saga unveiled by Candy Crush Saga maker: hands-on preview
By Mike Lowe
June 13, 2013
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/121669-pet-rescue-saga-unveiled-by-candy-crush-saga-maker-hands-on-preview
 
UberGizmo
Candy Crush Developer Releases Pet Rescue Saga On iOS, Android
By Daniel Perez               
June 13, 2013
http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/06/candy-crush-developer-releases-pet-rescue-saga-on-ios-android/
 
AndroidGuys
King releases latest highly addictive game in Pet Rescue Saga
By SCOTT WEBSTER
June 13, 2013
http://www.androidguys.com/2013/06/13/king-releases-latest-highly-addictive-game-in-pet-rescue-saga/
 
Android Rundown
Pet Rescue Saga, King’s Newest Addictive Puzzle Game, Launches on Android
By Carter Dotson
June 13, 2013
http://www.androidrundown.com/blog/pet-rescue-saga-kings-game-launches-android/
 
Pulse 2.0
Candy Crush Developer King Launching Pet Rescue Saga Mobile
June 13, 2013
http://pulse2.com/2013/06/13/candy-crush-developer-king-launching-pet-rescue-saga-mobile-87897/

 

In today’s Inside Social Games, King’s MAU (Monthly Average Users) and DAU (Daily Average Users) for newly launched Miner Speed are illustrated, showing a fantastic growth curve.  The game was just released on the iOS as a free app just last week, so these numbers are especially impressive.

The social games industry is moving more towards the cross-platform approach, yet few if any have been able to successfully bridge the divides.  With these results, King is proving they are onto something.  Puzzle Saga, Bubble Saga, Miner Speed and King’s games portal all occupyed spots in the weekly lists of top 20 games by growth on AppData in the last month.  I’m excited to see what’s next!

 

I’m looking forward to this SXSW panel on Tuesday, March 14th at 11:00AM as industry experts gather to discuss, debate and explore how TV networks are leveraging interactivity and gaming to extend their brands to fans.

 

For decades, TV-show fans have sought ways to extend their connection to their favorite show characters with things like branded cereals, toys, board games, music or the like. Fans often can’t wait for the next episode and especially dread the time between seasons. They want to interact and even play along with their favorite shows. This is a reality that TV networks are creating through branded online games and social games.

 

The session will sample real case studies from experiences over several seasons with shows and branded games like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Biggest Loser, Survivor, and others. Panel members will also explore how games enable an additional channel for TV networks to reach global fans via social networks like Facebook, MySpace, Hi5 and Bebo, especially as we’re seeing games being the number one used applications on many social networks.

 

Topics will include:
  • Why are TV networks leveraging games to extend their brands to fans?
  • How are games enabling TV networks to extend their reach through global social networks like Facebook, Bebo, etc?
  • How have online games faired so far for promoting and extending TV show brands and what other industries can/will this trend extend to?
  • How have online games for TV shows affected the gaming industry?
  • What’s the next development for the online games and TV network partnerships?

Summer Richards (Consort Partners) Robert Norton (King.com), Kathy Johnson (Consort Partners) Tomio Geron (Dow Jones), Shireen Piramoon (TumbleCloud), Riccardo Zacconi (King.com), Kathy Johnson (Consort Partners) Mark de la Vina (Consort), Jessica Tams (CGA), Kathy Johnson (Consort Partners) Mark de la Vina (Consort), Sunil Vemuri (reQall), Chris Bauman (Swoopo), Kathy Johnson (Consort Partners) Last night we descended upon Bar888 in the Intercontinental Hotel to greet movers, shakers and opinion makers in the gaming, virtual world and technology scenes.  Monday was the first day of the Game Developers Conference which took place in the Moscone Convention Center, and as far as I could tell, it appeared that gamers were recession proof as throngs of games developers, producers, publishers and reporters filled the rooms to hear speakers talk about every aspect of gaming you could imagine.

One of the speakers was our very own Raph Koster, President of Metaplace.  Raph is a superstar amongst gamers – so much so that he can’t even walk down the streets of San Francisco without people snapping his photo.  I quipped it was like walking with Sean Penn (not that I’d know what that really felt like… but I can imagine).

At 5:30pm, we joined together with Riccardo Zacconi, Robert Norton and Matthias Schmidt-Pfitzner of King.com to greet the guests that ranged from start-up entrepreneurs, to games bloggers, mainstream reporters to execs from the biggest games companies in the world.  We noshed on crab cakes and goat cheese puffs, sipped wines, and talked about the past, present and future of games.  A good night of casual conversation indeed.

If you want to see the full details behind the event and who was on the list, check out the link here:  Keeping it Casual – Monday Night Mixer.

P.S. If you want to see who’s in the photos, just hover your mouse over the pic and the details should appear – but here’s a quick synopsis:  Top photo: Summer Richards, official bouncer and name checker; 2nd photo:  Robert Norton, King.com and me; 3rd photo; good friend Tomio Geron, Dow Jones VentureWire, BFF Shireen Piramoon, TumbleCloud, Riccardo Zacconi, CEO of King.com, and me; 4th photo: journalist turned Consort,  Mark de la Viña, casual games queen and founder of the Casual Games Association, Jessica Tams, and me; 5th photo:  Mark de la Viña, Sunil Vemuri, co-founder of reQall, Chris Bauman, US Head of Swoopo, and me.

And yeah, I guess you can tell I had my photo arm stretched and ready…