Amazon has struggled getting their App Store and games on non-Kindle devices. Due to rules in Google Play they can’t offer their App Store on the Google Play store. But now they have an incentive to make it more enticing for users to go through the process of installing the Amazon App Store and download apps — $10,000+ in free games and apps.
Amazon is doing this by partnering with developers and paying a per-minute usage fee to the developers. Amazon makes it clear that users don’t pay anything, they foot the bill. If you have an Android device, seems like a no-brainer.
Head to Amazon Underground to get started.
The developers of Angry Birds continue to slim down by slashing 260 jobs.
The cuts will have an impact on every part of Rovio’s organisation, except for the Angry Birds movie currently in production in North America. With 260 fewer people to pay, the company will then restructure around three “primary business areas”: games, media and consumer products.
AppSpy has some attractive hands-on footage of Trick Shot, an upcoming physics puzzle game from one of the developers of Monument Valley, Jonathan Topf.
Free-to-play is serious business. An employee of Machine Zone, the developers behind the highly successful free mobile title Game of War: Fire Age was arrested for alleged theft of trade secrets.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Jing Zeng, who worked as the firm’s director of global infrastructure, was intercepted by FBI agents as he tried to board a plane to Beijing. A federal criminal complaint alleges that Zeng was trying to make off with information on the behavior of the game’s millions of users, stolen from one of Machine Zone’s internal databases.
Via The Verge