Vechey还指出虽然掌上游戏机设备会陷入困境，但苹果iPad 2却为休闲游戏带来了许多发展机遇，并特别称赞了iPad 2可在相对较低硬件配置下支持本地多人模式的强大功能。
4）日本手机游戏发行商Capcom上一财年（截止2011年3月31日）财报显示，Capcom Mobile销售额（游戏邦注：包括手机及社交游戏销售额）约5000万美元，同比去年增长13%，共占Capcom公司总销售额的4%（其全年总销售额为12亿美元，同比去年增长46%）。与之相似的是EA Mobile，它的销售额则占EA公司总营收的6%。
6）英国发行商Chillingo旗下部门Clickgamer最近推出了一款风格与《糖果小怪物》（Cut the Rope）颇为相似的物理游戏《蜘蛛杰克》（Spider Jack）。该游戏也是由俄罗斯工作室开发，但这次并非ZeptoLab，而是一家名为MaxNick的开发商。游戏共含有75个关卡，画面制作十分精美，支持Retina高清显示和Game Center功能，目前在App Store售价为99美分。
1）PopCap Chief: Major Casual Developers Could Grow To Be ‘More Like Disney’
PopCap chief executive John Vechey spoke out on the growing casual and mobile games market, claiming that major companies like Rovio or Zynga could eventually grow to resemble multimedia corporations like Disney, .
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Vechey said that in time, the growing audience for casual and mobile games will begin to expect more ways to interact with products from their favorite developers, spurring these companies to expand beyond game development.
“I think that what’s going to happen is, at some point we’re going to see that gaming is just one aspect of what we do,” he told the Guardian. “Whether that’s toys or movies or TV or some other medium, it’s another way that customers gain appreciation for it.”
With so many players turning to mobile phones for casual gaming, however, Vecey said that dedicated game platforms like the PSP and 3DS face significant challenges looking forward.
“I think the thing with portable gaming – and portable gaming devices – is they all have the same problem; the mobile phone. I don’t carry my DS with me anymore when I go travelling. It just sits there until there’s a game I absolutely have to play on it, which isn’t available on any other platform,” he explained.
Vecey pointed out that while gaming handhelds might be in trouble, Apple’s iPad 2 offers interesting opportunities for the casual space, particularly noting its ability to enable local multiplayer with little hardware setup.（source:gamasutra）
2）comScore: Android Continues To Top RIM And Apple’s iOS For U.S. Smartphone Share
comScore’s mobile subscriber stats are in for the month and Android continues to top U.S. smartphone share over Apple and RIM. Additionally, during the three month average period ending March 2011, Samsung was top handset manufacturer overall with 24.5 percent market share. Google Android led among smartphone platforms with 34.7 percent market share.
The report shows that during the period, 234 million Americans ages 13 and older used mobile devices (this number remained steady from the previous month). But, in terms of smartphones, 72.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in March 2011, up 15 percent from the preceding three-month period.
Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 24.5 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers. LG ranked second with 20.9 percent share, followed by Motorola (15.8 percent) and RIM (8.4 percent).
Apple continued to gain share following the launch of the Verizon iPhone earlier this year, up 1.1 percentage points to reach 7.9 percent of subscribers.
With respect to smartphone share Google Android grew 6 percentage points to a 34.7 percent market share, while RIM ranked second with 27.1 percent share. Apple grew 0.5 points to 25.5 percent share, followed by Microsoft (7.5 percent) and Palm (2.8 percent). Google’s share continues to grow after passing both iOS and RIM for smartphone share in February.
comScore also examines how mobile subscriber are using their phones and reported that in March 68.6 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers texted using their phone. Browsers were used by 38.6 percent of subscribers (up 2.2 percentage points), while downloaded applications were used by 37.3 percent (up 2.9 percentage points). Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 2.6 percentage points, representing 27.3 percent of mobile subscribers. And Playing games comprised 25.7 percent of the mobile audience, while listening to music represented 17.9 percent.（source:techcrunch）
3）Apple rumored talking to use YouKu on Chinese iPhones
Apple was rumored on Friday to be making a rare exception and customizing the iPhone for a particular country. Chinese video site YouKu’s head Victor Koo was purportedly talking with Apple chief Steve Jobs about having a YouKu app preloaded in the default configuration for phones sold in China. Since the YouTube app is banned by the Chinese government, YouKu would effectively be filling in, TechNode was told by a “trusted resource.”
The timing for the claimed change wasn’t given out, though it might wait until iOS 5 and the next iPhone.（source:electronista）
4）Capcom Mobile sees FY11 sales up 13% to $50 million
Japanese game publisher Capcom (TYO:9697) has announced its figures for the financial year ending March 31, 2011.
Capcom Mobile’s portion of sales (which includes mobile and social revenues) was ¥4.03 trillion yen (about $50 million), up 13 percent year-on-year.
This is around 4 percent of Capcom’s total sales; ¥97.7 trillion ($1.2 billion), which was itself up 46 percent compared to FY2010.
In comparison, EA Mobile accounts for around 6 percent of EA’s total revenues.
More impressively, cross referencing its Q3 figures, which put nine month revenues at $29 million, this suggests Capcom Mobile had Q4 sales of $21 million – thanks to its free-to-play games such as Smurfs’ Village.
Capcom Mobile’s operating income for FY11 was ¥1.37 trillion ($17 million), up 83 percent year-on-year.
Overall, Capcom posted net profits of ¥7.75 trillion ($96 million), up 258 percent.
The social promotion
Capcom Mobile’s performance was boosted by the success of its free-to-play iOS and Facebook titles Smurfs’ Village and Zombie Cafe, which despite some controversy, performed very well in terms of the top grossing US chart thanks to their in-app purchases.（source:pocketgamer）
5）Angry Birds Rio To Get New Levels With Beach Volley Update
If you’ve already busted through all the levels of Angry Birds Rio and you’re not planning on getting the recently announced Samsung Infuse 4G for that pre-loaded exclusive Angry Birds level, then you’ll be glad to know an update is on its way. The update is called Beach Volley, bringing new levels as well as bringing the birds to the beach.
The makers of the whole Angry Birds empire, Rovio, has just unleashed a teaser video for the new update. The birds are as furious as ever despite the lovely location, and they’re battling it out against evil monkeys. （source:slashgear）
6）Clickgamer’s Cut the Rope-esque Spider Jack crawls onto iPhone and iPad
Chillingo subdivision Clickgamer has launched a brand new title on the New Zealand App Store.
MaxNick’s Spider Jack is the latest offering from the casual gaming giant, and it bears more than a striking resemblance to a certain rope-cutting labelmate.
The game sees the eponymous arachnid swing from a thread as he attempts to collect the stars scattered across each screen on his way to the juicy six-legged meal that’s stuck in his web. Sound familiar?
There are 75 levels, apparently with multiple solutions to each one, with more to come via free updates. Meanwhile, there’s Retina display support for those with newer iPhone models.（source:pocketgamer）