[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider” url=”http://www.businessinsider.com.au/author/daniel-goodman”] A few months ago, OMGPOP was about to go bust.Its Facebook games weren’t performing and prospects were so bleak, CEO Dan Porter was forced to lay off several of the startup’s flash developers.
[credit provider=”techieday” url=”http://www.techieday.com/angry-birds-for-pc/”] UPDATE: While Zynga would not confirm the news earlier this morning, it now says Draw Something has passed 50 million downloads. It hit 50 million downloads in 50 days. Zynga also says more than 6 billion drawings have been created.Appdata charts suggest Draw Something downloads have slowed […]
For the last two weeks, Angry Birds Space has held the #1 paid app position in the US App Store. Today, Draw Something bounced back on top.
[credit provider=”AppData”] Draw Something is losing players just 10 days after Zynga paid $180 million for its parent company, OMGPOP, according to AppData.Dan Porter, CEO of OMGPOP, seems to have timed his sale perfectly.
Bad news for Zynga, which just acquired Draw Something developer OMGPOP: Draw Something is no longer acquiring new daily players at the lightning-fast pace it once was, according to AppData.
A source close to situation tells us OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter made more (a lot more) than cofounder Charles Forman from the company’s $210 million sale to Zynga.Forman told the New York Times he made “way more” than $22 million.
Garrett Peek, former Associate Creative Director of OMGPOP and current Zynga UI Designer, was the lead designer behind hit game Draw Something.Of course, a lot of people worked on the game, including CEO Dan Porter who directed Peek’s team. But Peek played a particularly large role in its success.
[credit provider=”Twitter / @iqpierce” url=”https://twitter.com/#!/iqpierce”] It turns out you can’t go around making a name for yourself by trashing your former employer in huge public forums without getting shot at back.Earlier this week – days after Zynga bought OMGPOP for $210 million – a now former OMGPOP engineer named Shay […]
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider” url=”http://www.businessinsider.com.au/author/daniel-goodman”] I downloaded Draw Something right after buying my new iPad about a week and a half ago. I was obsessed.
Here are some reasons why Draw Something went viral, according to product design shop Bonobo Labs.
[credit provider=”Twitter / @iqpierce” url=”https://twitter.com/#!/iqpierce”] Game developer Shay Pierce is refusing to work for Zynga, even though Zynga just bought OMGPOP, the company Pierce works for, for $180 million in cash.
On Saturday, Charles Forman turned 32. He celebrated the evening with close friends in New York City including Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon and OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter.
[credit provider=”Flickr / @MSG” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsgalpert/3631281140/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Charles Forman was almost run over in traffic because he was so excited about his sale to Zynga, according to a new story by the New York Times.He was so happy about selling the company for $180 million (plus $30 million in retention bonuses) to Zynga […]
[credit provider=”Flickr / Official GDC” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/officialgdc/4421145350/sizes/o/in/photostream/”] Zynga just bought OMGPOP, the developer of hit app Draw Something, for ~$200 million just last week after the app took off like a rocket.But how was it so successful?
[credit provider=”Screenshot”] Angry Birds Space, the newest gravity-bending instalment in the Angry Birds franchise, has been downloaded 10 million times in three days.It kicked Draw Something out of the top spot on the Apple App Store just hours after it came out, immediately dethroning a ~$200 million acquisition that happened just last […]
Charles Forman — founder of OMGPOP, the company behind the hit sensation Draw Something — has gone from rags to riches overnight.
[credit provider=”Joi” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/3572298293/”] Ron Conway has a reputation for getting startups out of impossibly bad situations. He saved OMGPOP, the maker of Draw Something, over and over again. Whenever OMGPOP would run out of money, which happened more than once during its 6-year span, Conway was there with a check, […]
[credit provider=”Couchbase” url=”http://www.couchbase.com/careers”] The secret to OMGPOP’s scale is a company called Couchbase, which has open source database software that enabled OMGPOP to scale from zero to 35 million users in 6 weeks. Three weeks ago, the operations team at OMGPOP called Couchbase to help scale its game Draw Something, which […]
[credit provider=”Daniel Goodman / Business Insider” url=”http://www.businessinsider.com.au/author/daniel-goodman”] We weren’t surprised yesterday when OMGPOP emailed us to cancel the office tour we had scheduled that afternoon. At the time, Business Insider’s office was abuzz with the big rumours (and later announcement) of the company’s $210 million sale to Zynga.We were surprised […]
Zynga added OMGPOP’s entire cadre of daily active users — most of which are playing the Facebook-connected mobile game Draw Something — to its collection today.
[credit provider=”TCDisrupt” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tcdisrupt/4642242598/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Hours after Zynga paid ~$200 million for social gaming startup OMGPOP, we sat down with CEO Dan Porter to find out more about the decision. He was joined by Zynga’s chief mobile exec David Ko.While Zynga is technically buying OMGPOP, the reality is that it’s buying “Draw […]
[credit provider=”Boonsri Dickinson, Business Insider”] Zynga acquired OMGPop today for about $180 million.Speaking at IGNITION West, Zynga’s mobile chief Travis Boatman said that the OMGPop team was a cultural fit and the game Draw Something brings in a whole number of players into its network.
[credit provider=”Dan Porter, CEO of OMGPOP”] Draw Something, the flagship app just acquired by Zynga moments ago, has been downloaded more than 35 million times since it launched six weeks ago, OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter announced today.OMGPOP “took a whiff” with the game and it’s succeeded beyond all its expectations, […]
In the speakers room at Ignition West (our conference in San Francisco today), there has been a lot of chatter about Zynga buying OMGPop, the maker of the smash-hit app game “Draw Something.”
[credit provider=”Joi” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/3573105820/”] Zynga has just confirmed that it has purchased Draw Something developer OMGPOP.The price is expected to be around $200 million. Zynga’s chief mobile executive David Ko would not confirm the details of the deal during the press announcement.
[credit provider=”Zynga”] UPDATE: AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka reports Zynga will acquire OMGPOP for $180 million plus $30 million in employee retention payouts.Zynga will be holding a press announcement today at 3:00 PM EST.
[credit provider=”OMGPOP via Dan Porter”] While managing 30 million Draw Something downloads, parent company OMGPOP somehow found time to produce another game.Next week it will launch The Street, a Facebook game that looks like Farmville for hustlers.
It’s been reported that Zynga is courting Draw Something creator OMGPOP to the tune of $150 million.We hear that number is too low.
Draw Something is one of the hottest Facebook-connected apps on the App Store right now.
[credit provider=”OMGPOP via Dan Porter”] Draw Something, the pictionary-like mobile app, continues to catch fire.Last night it drew in 4.5 million people who played between 8 and 9 PM EST.
Draw Something is one of the hottest apps on the App Store right now, but it looks like there are still a few kinks to work out.
[credit provider=”Dan Porter, CEO of OMGPOP”] Three weeks ago, we wrote about OMGPOP’s mobile app, Draw Something. The 10-day-old social game had been downloaded more than 1.2 million times.Now the company has shared even more staggering numbers with us. In just five weeks, the pictionary-like game has been downloaded 20 […]
[credit provider=”Twitter” url=”https://twitter.com/#!/search/draw%20something/grid/photos”] Draw Something has taken smartphones by a storm. It has only been live for 3.5 weeks and it has already been downloaded more than 5 million times.Users are sharing their drawings all over Twitter and Instagram.
[credit provider=”Marvski” url=”http://www.marvski.com/”] Last week we wrote about a new viral app, Draw Something.Draw Something is like Pictionary with friends on the iPad, iPhone and Android. 10 days after launch it was downloaded 1.2 million times.
[credit provider=”TCDisrupt” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tcdisrupt/4642242598/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Dan Porter spent the last three years trying to create viral games. He joined a social gaming company, OMGPOP, in 2008.OMGPOP created Facebook games; the games performed well enough, but engagement was not amazing.
[credit provider=”TCDisrupt” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tcdisrupt/4642242598/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Are any of the Facebook gamesmakers tempted to bring their wares to Google+?Yesterday, Google said games are coming to its Facebook-clone, Google+.
[credit provider=”TCDisrupt” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tcdisrupt/4642242598/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Zynga is a $5.5 billion company that has turned the video game world upside down.The guy in the picture thinks he can do them one better.
New York-based “real-time” multiplayer games site OMGPOP crossed the 3 million member mark this month, CEO Dan Porter tells us.He says users play games for over 1 million minutes a day.
Traditional game developers hate Facebook games and derisively call them a maths equation.
This Friday, the Columbia and NYU Venture Communities will hold the first NYC Startup Job Fair at AOL HQ.
The New York digital scene has had a major renaissance in recent years.
New York-based casual games startup OMGPop launched a new game today called “Hit Machine.”
NYC-based casual games studio OMGPOP — formerly I’minlikewithyou — has closed $5 million of series B financing. Leading the round: Bessemer Venture Partners, whose Alex Ferrara will join the board. Series A investors Spark Capital and Baseline also participated.