I must admit that Frisky Mongoose is, understandably, the favorite source for social gaming news in this office, but that doesn’t mean we’re the only kids on the block! We even play nice with others, especially quality review resources with a good feel for what’s fun. Enter Gamezebo…
Since the site was founded in 2006 (by Joel Brodie, formerly head of biz dev for Yahoo!), Gamezebo has catered exclusively to casual gamers and become a top resource for this rapidly growing niche news sector (casual video games).
Flash forward to 2010 – with so many casual gamers going to social networks (like Facebook) to get their game on these days, it’s not surprising to see Gamezebo making a smart move toward more social game coverage. VentureBeat summarized this editorial social gaming shift yesterday, explaining that as audiences move to new gaming platforms, so too must the journalists who cover the gaming industry.Here’s the full announcement from Gamezebo:
Leading Casual Games Editorial and Community Web Site Expands to iPhone, Facebook Games and Online Flash Games
San Francisco, CA – Gamezebo, the leading editorial and community site for casual download games, has re-launched its web site as the first destination to discover new games, read reviews, and share tips for casual games on the iPhone, Facebook, and online.Founded in 2006 as the first editorial site devoted to casual games, Gamezebo has grown into a leading online casual game destination, attracting 700,000 unique users and 3.5 million page views per month.
“Over the past year, casual games have emerged as the dominant game play on every device and platform,” says president and founder, Joel Brodie, “Gamezebo is evolving to cover casual games everywhere, no matter how they are played.”
In addition to reviews, previews, walkthroughs and news for casual games across all platforms, the new Gamezebo web site enables casual gamers to:
- Rate and review games
- Post and share user tips and game guides
- Search and discover casual games to play based on platform, genre, or rating
- Follow favorite games with alerts
- Add friends, post in forums, and send private messages
- Send and collect “kudos” to thank and compliment fellow users for activities on the Web site.
- Test your casual games IQ by playing the “Never-ending Casual Games Quiz”
While there are blogs, recommendation applications, and video game sites that cover a piece of the casual games space, no web site covers the casual games market across all platforms with the unique mix of editorial and user-generated content and expertise as Gamezebo.
In the future, Gamezebo will continue to expand its coverage to include any platform that becomes popular for casual games.