2）据pocketgamer报道，Kabam为进一步开拓手机游戏市场，于日前关闭旗下游戏《Imperium: Galactic Wars》，并因此裁减了奥斯丁工作室的23名成员。
3）据venturebeat报道，Cantor Fitzgerald分析师Brian White日前估计苹果在今年9月份的iPhone销量同比上月增长9-10%，这一点很大程度上要归功于9月20日发售的iPhone 5S和iPhone 5C。
但由于这两款新设备是在第三季度末发布，因此对苹果该季度销量增长帮助不大。但苹果第四季度可能迎来更具飞跃性的增长，届时iPhone 5S和5C已进军更多市场，收获更多销量，可能于本月末发布的iPad 5也是其中推动因素之一。
4）据gamezebo报道，《Time Surfer》和《Bean’s Quest》开发者日前宣布将推出新游戏《Duet》，这款采用极简主义设计风格的游戏，预计于今年第四季度登陆iOS平台，其玩法类似于《Super Hexagon》，并推出一个无尽的生存模式，以及神秘展开的故事元素。
5）据insidesocialgames报道，迪士尼/Playdom日前发布通告宣布将于10月20日关闭Facebook寻物解谜游戏《Blackwood & Bell Mysteries》。
该游戏于2012年3月发布，据AppData数据显示，其最高峰时的月活跃用户超过250万。该公司另一款寻物解谜游戏《Gardens of Time》目前仍然正常开放服务，而第三款寻物解谜游戏《Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers》已在之前关闭。
6）据insidemobileapps报道，Disney Mobile日前公布与NimbleBit合作开发的最新项目《Star Wars:Tiny Death Star》，该游戏玩法类似于原版《Tiny Tower》，要求玩家建设一个充满商店、住宅区的Death Star王国。
1）GAMEVIL acquires Com2uS
By Joe Jasko
GAMEVIL has announced today their acquisition of esteemed and successful global developer and publisher of mobile games, Com2uS. The recent deal, which reportedly cost GAMEVIL a cool $65 million, puts the Korea-based company in control of the majority of Com2uS shares. So what does this deal mean for us gamers? It means lots of great new mobile experiences are surely on the way as GAMEVIL strives to become the top gaming company on a global scale today!
This is certainly one of the most substantial acquisitions in the mobile F2P market that we’ve ever seen, and going forward, both GAMEVIL and Com2uS plan to leverage off of one another’s successful user bases, GAMEVIL Circle and Com2uS Hub, respectively. GAMEVIL is most recently reaping the benefits of games like Steel Commanders and Dark Avenger, while Com2uS has been hard at work with the upkeep of games like Heroes of War and Golf Star; so both companies already know a thing or two about making great mobile games on a more widespread scale.
For more information on the future of GAMEVIL and Com2uS’ newfound partnership (A.K.A. the mobile F2P mega-studio of greatness), be sure to keep those browsers pinned on Gamezebo, as we’ll provide you with all of the subsequent updates as soon as we hear them.（source：gamezebo）
2）Kabam lays off 23 staff as mobile move ramps up
by Wesley Copeland
Kabam is to close browser-based title Imperium: Galactic Wars – leading to 23 layoffs at its studio in Austin, Texas – as part of its wider drive towards a focusing on mobile.
The company, which entered the mobile market in 2012, has seen its revenues rise since it began to pull away from Facebook – the social network having shown signs of decay for developers during the last couple of years.
This latest cull further highlights this move towards mobile, kickstarted by a previous round of layoffs back in June.
This mobile focus isn’t without good reason, either.
Google Ventures – which recently purchased a $38.5 million stake in Kabam – said its interest in Kabam was down to the fact it had “made the transition to mobile at a time when many previously Facebook-oriented gaming companies haven’t.”
However, VP of corporate communications, Steve Swasey has claimed that, while 70 percent of Kabam’s current revenues come from mobile, the other 30 percent still comes from web games.
“Facebook is still very important to Kabam,” he said.
“Games have to be able to show promise and show future. If a game doesn’t, then we discontinue it. That’s not atypical of games companies It’s sad, but you need games that are continually hits.”（source：pocketgamer）
3）iPhone 5S, 5C selling well: Apple sales up 10% month-over-month in September (analyst)
Shipments from Taiwan-based suppliers indicate that Apple had a healthy September — that’s the month it launched the new iPhone 5S and 5C.
“We estimate preliminary September sales for our Apple Barometer rose by approximately 9-10 percent month-over-month,” Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said in a research note this morning.
That’s significant, because Apple’s new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C started selling only on September 20 and quickly moved to backorder status. Traditionally, Apple has released new phones in mid summer, so the company had a chance to build more sales momentum for a longer period of time. A 10 percent sales bump for this later launch, coupled with only about 10 days of limited product availability in a limited number of launch countries would seem to indicate the new phones are selling very nicely indeed.
That doesn’t mean that Apple’s September quarter will be a knockout, however.
With limited availability and limited time to sell, Apple’s quarter will be down three to four percent sequentially, White estimates. But that’s in Apple’s guidance and outlook for the quarter — clearly, Apple knew when it would be releasing new hardware — and therefore probably not an earnings miss.
When Apple gave weak guidance for its third quarter, the company did say that its fourth would be a big one. White sees that coming true as the iPhone 5S and 5C become available in more territories and capture more sales, and as the company brings out its new full-size iPad 5.（source：venturebeat）
4）Time Surfer creator announces new action game called Duet
By Joe Jasko
From Kumobius, creator of the fantastic Time Surfer and Bean’s Quest, comes a mesmerizing new action game called Duet. Described as a “hex-like” game of sorts that achieves an elegant presentation through a sleek minimalist design, Duet tasks players with maneuvering two different colored orbs through an increasingly difficult maze of falling objects. The orbs are linked together in a small circular orbit, and players simply have to rotate the chain to the left or the right in order to dodge the blocky and rectangular obstacles that get in their way.
Primarily a game about reflexes, and how fast you can get yours to react, just from watching the debut gameplay trailer of Duet in action, I can already tell that this one is going to join the ranks of games like Super Hexagon in providing an insanely challenging and “twitchy” experience: and I, for one, am totally all for that. With over 50 edge-of-your-seat stages, an endless Survival mode that you can use to brag to your friends, and a mystifying narrative that slowly begins to unfold, Duet is already shaping up to be a deep and engrossing mobile experience that is surely not to be missed.（source：gamezebo）
5）Disney confirms closure of Blackwood & Bell Mysteries on Facebook
Disney / Playdom’s Blackwood & Bell Mysteries is coming to a close on Facebook. Players logging into the hidden object game will receive a closure notification the next time they login, alerting them of the closure date of October 20.
Blackwood & Bell Mysteries launched in March 2012, and allowed players to jump into the shoes of detectives as they collected clues and solved cases in Victorian-style environments. The game peaked at over 2.5 million monthly active players, according to our app tracking service AppData.
The in-game notification states that while the decision to shut down games is “difficult,” this will allow Disney / Playdom’s development teams to “focus on building new, more engaging games.”
Premium currency must be used before the game is closed on October 20, and no refunds or transfers will be provided for unspent currency.
While Blackwood & Bell Mysteries is closing, the developer’s other hidden object game, Gardens of Time, will remain open. The third game in its hidden object trio, Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers, was also previously closed.（source：insidesocialgames）
6）Disney, NimbleBit announce Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for mobile
Disney Mobile has revealed its latest project, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, created in association with Tiny Tower creator NimbleBit. The game will allow players to join Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on a mission to build a Death Star full of businesses, residences and more, similar to the style of the original Tiny Tower game.
While information about the game is still scarce, we know that Tiny Death Star will have NimbleBit’s famous 8-bit graphical style, and will allow users to construct a variety of locations themed after the Star Wars universe.
In addition, all of the major characters we’ve come to know and love from the films will be represented in the game in some form, including Yoda, Han Solo, Chewbacca and many others. This includes famous villains, as well as the films’ heroes.
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is scheduled for release worldwide on mobile devices soon.（source：insidemobileapps）