2）据《福布斯》报道，针对儿童玩家在含IAP功能的游戏中无度消费的现象，Virtual Piggy推出了一项新服务，支持家长使用信用卡或PayPal帐号绑定Virtual Piggy这个网页服务，以便监督子女的在线消费行为。
从“Prom”、“Great Gatsby”、“Flower Power”等选项中可以看出，时尚主题占据了相当比例。
本榜单仅有《Zynga Slingo》和EA Popcap旗下的《Solitaire Blitz》这两款游戏实现了100%的DAU增幅，后者本周才发布就跻身榜单第5名。《Hoop De Loop Saga》、《Marvel: Avengers Alliance》、《City of the Pyramids》（游戏邦注：《PyramidVille》的阿拉伯语版本）以及意大利足球游戏《FantaBook》这四者都实现了50%以上的增长率。（本文为游戏邦/gamerboom.com编译，拒绝任何不保留版权的转载，如需转载请联系：游戏邦）
1）Confirmed: Zynga proposes secondary offering
Zynga confirmed a planned secondary offering today with a Securities and Exchange Commission filing for certain Zynga stockholders to offer shares of Class A common stock. The developer doesn’t receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares.
The CityVille creator uses a three tiered stock system, with Class A having the lowest voting power of the three. The other two stock types hold 98.2 percent of shareholder voting power.
According to the filing, the purpose of the secondary offering is to increase the company’s public float. According to an anonymous source in Bloomberg’s initial report, the offering also allows investors to sell some stock while making larger shareholders agree to a longer lockup period that prevents them from unloading shares.
Given how dramatically Zynga’s stock price fluctuates whenever new revenue and traffic figures become public information, it makes sense that it would try to create some stability among its stockholders. The developer’s market cap shot up 12 percent to $8.66 billion from $7.4 billion immediately after Facebook’s S-1 filing. Share prices dropped nearly 18 percent just 13 days later after Zynga’s first earnings call as a publicly traded company. Zynga’s platform announcement earlier this month boosted share price by almost 10 percent. Today, trading opened at $13.44 per share — and looks to be on the rise as news of the secondary offering spreads.
Meanwhile on the traffic front as recorded by our AppData traffic tracking service, Zynga’s daily active users are dipping slightly — down almost 2 percent in the last week to 55.6 million.（source:insidesocialgames）
2）Afraid your kid could rack up $1,400 on FarmVille? Try Virtual Piggy
by Joe Osborne
All of the horror stories play out like so: kid gets a hold of mommy’s iPad, said iPad has mommy’s credit card information already registered, kid spends thousands on Smurfberries, sending mommy into a downward spiral of unreconcilable debt. Virtual Piggy is a new service that allows parents to monitor their kids’ online spending as closely as they want.
The thing, game makers aren’t going to stop creating games with microtransactions that target teens, especially on mobile devices. “There’s no point in producing teen games if you can’t monetize them,” Virtual Piggy director of business development Joe Peden told Forbes. “So if you don’t want them buying World of Warcraft or some shoot ‘em up, you can control that.”
Parents can use existing credit cards or PayPal accounts to set up the browser-based service, which is 100 percent free to use. Moms and dads can set monthly allowances for their kids, who receive their own accounts with different permissions. Parents can also make their kids send text messages for approval for any purchase over a certain amount, and block kids from buying virtual goods through certain websites or services.
Basically, Virtual Piggy puts parents in control of what their kids are spending their hard-earned money on online and how much. And as Forbes points out, limiting how much your kids can spend in a given game might instill some basic budgeting skills. And who knows, maybe this will your child from being a whale in the making.（source:games）
3）Survey: The Sims Social could go to heaven, hell, Europe and more
by Joe Osborne
With a new theme almost every week in The Sims Social, we can understand how developer Playfish could be sick of deciding on new themes. That explains why the studio has provided its players with yet another survey. The other part? Well, we’re sure Playfish simply enjoys democratizing the game a bit. Besides, don’t question why you’re being given a choice.
This time around, however, it’s clear that Playfish looks to take themes in The Sims Social in a more polarizing direction, with potential themes like “Heaven and Hell” and “Modern London Fashion.” Come to think of it, fashion played a huge role in the themes that the developer came up with this time around: “Prom”, “Great Gatsby,” “Flower Power” and more are testament to that.
However, what Playfish seems to want to play up more than ever is WooHoo. You know, Simlish sex? Almost every single theme presented in the survey has a way of incorporating WooHoo into the corresponding week’s quest. Save for “Gourmet”, “Back to School” and “Modern London Fashion,” every theme calls for a little bit of extra fun for the Sims. Can you blame them?
Once players complete the survey, they can score a free 500 Simoleons. Not too shabby for answering a few simple questions, if you ask us. And who knows, maybe The Sims Social will soon take a “Euro Trip.”（source:games）
4）CrowdStar digs iPhone, iPad and Android because ‘there’s no Zynga’
by Joe Osborne
Aha! So, that’s why CrowdStar has released a whopping three iterations of its “Girl” games for mobile devices. (The “Girl” franchise has essentially become the Angry Birds of female-focused games.) Well, maybe that and the fact that the ladies seem to pay up rather often.
In talking with PocketGamer.biz, CrowdStar founder Suren Markosian revealed its reasons for hopping on iPhone, iPad and Android in such a way. “Females are an engaging audience. They’re not mean and demanding like boys,” Markosian admitted to PocketGamer.biz. “It’s interesting for us because I think women haven’t previously been part of the gaming mass market. They enjoy the products we release and we’re happy with the monetization.”
That said, the mobile games scene has largely been male-dominant … until now. While it seems as if CrowdStar has blown the women demographic wide open on mobile, Markosian said that he doesn’t want to sacrifice quality for quantity. (Based on our very own Brandy Shaul’s impressions of Modern Girl, she may beg to differ.) Finally, Markosian got to the crux of why CrowdStar is bullish on mobile.
“We’re platform agnostic,” Markosian told PocketGamer.biz. “We still have five games live on Facebook and it’s still a big part of our business, but on mobile there’s no Zynga, and no one has the same deal with Apple as Zynga and Facebook have.” Well, there’s always Rovio, right?（source:games）
5）Angry Birds continues to top the list of fastest-growing Facebook games by DAU
Rovio’s Angry Birds once again topped our list of fastest-growing games by daily active users. Over the past seven days, the strategy puzzler managed to gain 900,000 DAU; down last week from 1.1 million DAU.
Only two games on the list this week saw gains of over 100 percent: Zynga Slingo and EA Popcap’s Solitaire Blitz. The latter managed to rocket onto the chart this week with a gain of 2,300 percent, debuting in the No. 5 spot. Meanwhile, there are four other titles on the list with gains above 50 percent: Hoop De Loop Saga, Marvel: Avengers Alliance, City of the Pyramids (the Arabic version of PyramidVille) and Italian soccer game FantaBook.
Finally, Turkish games 101 YüzBir Okey Plus and Bizim Çiftlik debuted on our list. Farm sim Bizim Çiftlik may sound familiar, as it appeared multiple times on our Emerging Games lists back in November. 101 YüzBir Okey Plus, meanwhile, is based off the popular Turkish tile game Okey.（source:insidesocialgames）