Tag: mobile games
Avicii launches his own mobile game: Gravity HD
It’s been a while since anyone thought mobile games would be the next big revenue stream for the music industry. But experiments continue, with dance star Avicii the latest to test the app-store waters. He’s fronting...
February 6, 2018
Universal Music financials boosted by streaming income
Streaming accounted for 52% of Universal Music’s digital recorded-music revenues in the second half of 2015, according to financial results published by its parent company Vivendi. Universal’s subscriptions and streaming...
February 19, 2016
Mobile gaming’s secret: people who buy once will buy again
Well, not a secret as such: it’s been hiding in plain view in the revenues being generated by games like Candy Crush Saga and Clash of Clans. But a report from research firm Soomla quantifies it: people who make one...
February 16, 2016
Taylor Swift to get a mobile game from Kim Kardashian publisher
Taylor Swift is the latest musician to sign up to front a mobile game developed by Glu Mobile, the company behind the lucrative Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game. Swift joins Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears on...
February 4, 2016
Candy Crush Saga players spent $2.5bn in two years
Good news for sweet-swapping mobile gamers: a new Candy Crush Saga game came out yesterday. Candy Crush Jelly Saga adds more jelly, as well as boss battles and a greater emphasis on characters (which in turn, could fuel...
January 8, 2016
Shakira and Rovio talk Love Rocks: ‘It really is a joint venture’
I just got Shakira’s ‘She Wolf’ album, and I paid for it in matches. Not of the firemaking kind, though: this isn’t some pop-up vinyl shop in Shoreditch with a quirky bartering payment system. Although give it time... ‘She...
November 5, 2015
Activision Blizzard buys Candy Crush maker King for $5.9bn
While we’re still awaiting the first big exit of the on-demand streaming music era, one of the world’s biggest mobile games companies has managed to exit not once, but twice. Candy Crush Saga maker King went public...
November 3, 2015
UMG invests in mobile games firm Nuday Games
The latest crossover between the music and mobile games industries comes in the form of UMG’s investment in startup Nuday Games, developer of music-trivia app Rock Science. The investment is for an undisclosed amount,...
October 28, 2015
Shakira teams with Angry Birds firm for Love Rocks mobile game
Shakira is the latest celebrity to launch her own mobile game, in partnership with Angry Birds publisher Rovio Entertainment. Love Rocks was released late last week, and involves swapping gems to make matches – more...
October 19, 2015
The latest star of Angry Birds is… Shakira?
Shakira is the latest music star to appear in a mobile game, although in her case she is fluttering into an established franchise, rather than following Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj in striking a deal to launch...
September 17, 2015
Demi Lovato does a Kardashian with ‘Path to Fame’ mobile game
The lucrative success of mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is leading several musicians to attempt to follow suit, with that game’s publisher Glu having signed up Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj already....
August 13, 2015
Glu signs Nicki Minaj to become ‘the Universal Music of gaming’
Mobile games firm Glu Mobile has made more than $100m from its Kim Kardashian: Hollywood mobile game, with a decent chunk of those revenues going to Kardashian herself. Now the company is hoping to extend that success to...
August 7, 2015