Relan担任CrowdStar公司新任首席执行官——据VentureBeat报道，近日CrowdStar公司前首席执行官Niren Hiro离职，由公司主席Peter Relan暂时接替该职位。虽然CrowdStar并没有公布进一步裁员的计划，但据游戏邦所知，该公司现有员工为75人，比原先所知的情况减少了将近四分之一左右。该公司联合创始人Suren Markosian则表示，由于Facebook限制了病毒式传播渠道和应用数量增长，CrowdStar不得不为最大化运营效率而进行业务重组。
Playdom计划发布首款City of Wonder扩展游戏——据游戏邦了解，Inside social Games评选出的2010年下半年最佳社交游戏之一的City of Wonder近期将发布其首款扩展游戏“City of Wonder – Colony Expansion”。该游戏为玩家提供了近80种新款建筑，15项新技术和新款虚拟货币等。更值一提的是，在City of Wonder – Colony Expansion中，玩家还可以兴建海军，展开海上征程。
BigPoint“收留”Planet Moon员工——本周，游戏开发公司Bigpoint宣布聘用37名Planet Moon工作室前任开发者和美工。据游戏邦了解，以上37名员工将全部加入BigPoint的旧金山工作室。
Digital Chocolate游戏登陆Android平台——近日，社交游戏开发公司Digital Chocolate宣布将旗下的热门Facebook游戏Millionaire City和MMA Pro Fighter移植到Android平台，通过世界最大的开放式应用商店GetJar进行发售。
CrowdStar CEO Out, Relan In — After less than a year as chief executive of CrowdStar, Niren Hiro is leaving, making way for chairman Peter Relan to take on the role, according to VentureBeat. Although the VentureBeat story does not mention further layoffs it lists the employee count as 75, which is a quarter less than what we’d heard the company had several weeks ago. The internal turmoil at CrowdStar has circulated as rumors for several weeks.When we asked co-founder Suren Markosian about it yesterday, during a separate interview, he responded that Facebook’s clampdown on viral channels and app growth had pushed the company to restructure for maximum efficiency.
CrowdStar is still making a profit, Relan told VentureBeat, and plans to double its workforce in 2011, as well as potentially raise funding. Relan, who has no plans to immediately find a replacement CEO, will also scale back his duties as head of incubator YouWeb.
Playdom Set to Launch First City of Wonder Expansion — Our top pick for the best social game during the second half of 2010, Playdom‘s City of Wonder, is slated to get its first expansion in the near future. Dubbed “City of Wonder – Colony Expansion,” players will be able to spread their civilization across the world with over 80 new buildings, 15 new technologies, new currencies, and the introduction of naval power.
Bigpoint Acquires Planet Moon Staff — Game developer Bigpoint has announced the acquisition of 37 former Planet Moon Studios developers and artists this week. All 37 new team members have been added in to the San Francisco office.
Digital Chocolate Debuts Games on Android with GetJar — Social developer Digital Chocolate has announced the debut of it’s popular Facebook titles, Millionaire City and MMA Pro Fighter, on Android. The games have premiered on GetJar, the world’s largest open app store.
Scoreloop Grows Over the Holidays — Cross-platform, social-mobile gaming network Scoreloop has reported significant growth over the Christmas holidays. The holiday week saw a total of 1.3 million new users, a 209% spike increase (over the November average) on Christmas Day across all mobile OS platforms, and a 216% growth in virtual currency revenues over the entire week, according to the company.
MySpace Layoffs & Plans — MySpace troubles continue as the company has laid off a whopping 47 percent of its staff, equating to roughly 500 employees, according to PaidContent.
To add to the drama, Bloomberg reported on a company-wide meeting from earlier this week where MySpace spokeswoman, Rosabel Tao, noted that News Corp. is “assessing a number of possibilities including a sale, a merger and a spinout.”（Source：Inside Social Games）