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Draw Something Is The Fastest App To Hit 50 Million Downloads Ever

[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 […]
Draw Something Is The Fastest App To Hit 50 Million Downloads Ever
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How Draw Something, The Hit Game 35 Million People Are Playing, Was Made

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.
How Draw Something, The Hit Game 35 Million People Are Playing, Was Made
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OMGPOP Source: Our Engineer Who Publicly Bashed Zynga Was About To Be Fired

[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 […]
OMGPOP Source: Our Engineer Who Publicly Bashed Zynga Was About To Be Fired
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The Draw Something Bubble Has Burst For Me

[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.
The Draw Something Bubble Has Burst For Me
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OMGPOP’s Founder Was So Excited About His Company’s ~$200 Million Sale To Zynga He Almost Got Himself Killed

[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 […]
OMGPOP’s Founder Was So Excited About His Company’s ~$200 Million Sale To Zynga He Almost Got Himself Killed
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Angry Birds Space Downloaded 10 Million Times in Three Days

[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 […]
Angry Birds Space Downloaded 10 Million Times in Three Days
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Ron Conway Saved OMGPOP’s Life Over And Over Again

[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, […]
Ron Conway Saved OMGPOP’s Life Over And Over Again
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This Is The Secret To OMGPOP’s Incredible Scaling Success

[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 […]
This Is The Secret To OMGPOP’s Incredible Scaling Success
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We Were In OMGPOP’s Super Cool Office Right After It Sold For $210 Million — Here’s What It Looked Like

[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 […]
We Were In OMGPOP’s Super Cool Office Right After It Sold For $210 Million — Here’s What It Looked Like
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What It’s Like Building The World’s Most Popular App And Selling It For $200 Million

[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 […]
What It’s Like Building The World’s Most Popular App And Selling It For $200 Million
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Zynga Mobile Chief Explains Why They Bought OMGPop

[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.
Zynga Mobile Chief Explains Why They Bought OMGPop
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Zynga Just Bought Draw Something Developer OMGPOP

[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.
Zynga Just Bought Draw Something Developer OMGPOP
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Zynga Just Bought OMGPOP For ~ $200 Million

[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.
Zynga Just Bought OMGPOP For ~ $200 Million
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10 Days After Launch, This Hot New App Has 1.2 Million Downloads

[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.
10 Days After Launch, This Hot New App Has 1.2 Million Downloads
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Why Facebook Gamesmakers Are Wary Of Google+

[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+.
Why Facebook Gamesmakers Are Wary Of Google+
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OMGPOP Raises $5 Million For Casual Games

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.
OMGPOP Raises $5 Million For Casual Games