Angry Birds has joined Facebook.

The popular avian menace game debuted on the social network globally Tuesday.

Rovio Asia senior vice president Henri Holm said the company launched the new version of the game in Jakarta because it’s the “world’s most Facebook-connected city” with more than 17 million players in the area.

He said he hoped the game could reach more than 800 million users worldwide. More than 17 percent of Indonesia’s 240 million people have Facebook accounts.

SparkPlug Games Rolls Out Witch’s Workshop

 

“It’s a mystical land of fairies and dragons, witches and wizards, indentured servants and old ladies who need dentures. Yes, that’s right. Even in this enchanted place, the peasant folk have their troubles and are looking for a cure! Luckily for them, there’s the Witch’s Workshop – a one stop shop for cure-all potions.”

So says RTP-based SparkPlug Games about its new title.

“Annie’s Aunt Gwendolyn had been running this shop for years until she mysteriously vanished while working on a potion to cure spontaneous invisibility. It’s up to Annie to get the Witch’s Workshop back up and running.”

Game highlights include:

● “Exercise your matching and time management skills
● “Satisfy customers, just like in the real and exciting world of retail!
● “Earn gold to buy faaaabulous upgrades
● “Add new quirky customers throughout the game
● “Unlock new pets! All virtual pets guaranteed to be hypoallergenic
● “Available initially on Android platforms in Q1 2012, iOS by Q2
● “Did we mention it’s free? Because, seriously, it’s free!”

Zynga Reports Loss

Online game maker Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq: ZNGA) reported a net loss for the last three months of 2011, weighed down by hefty stock-compensation expenses and other costs in its first quarter as a public company.

Its adjusted earnings and revenue inched past Wall Street’s expectations, but that wasn’t enough to lift the stock of the company that is behind the most popular games played on Facebook. Zynga’s stock fell 6 percent in after-hours trading following its report.

San Francisco-based Zynga said Tuesday that it lost $435 million, or $1.22 per share, in the fourth quarter. That’s down from earnings of $16.1 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier when it was still privately held.

Adjusted earnings were 5 cents per share in the latest quarter, surpassing Wall Street’s expectations by 2 cents. This figure excludes one-time items, including $510 million in stock-compensation expenses triggered by Zynga’s initial public offering of stock in mid-December.

Revenue rose 59 percent from a year earlier to $311 million as Zynga grew its user base, ad revenue and the money it makes from games such as “CityVille,” ”FarmVille and “Zynga Poker.” On average, analysts surveyed by FactSet were expecting $302 million.

Investors may have been hoping for more. Zynga’s revenue climbed just 1 percent, compared with the third quarter. In contrast, its revenue grew by double-digit percentages from one quarter to the next for the year’s first three quarters.

Zynga’s IPO raised $1 billon, at the time the largest IPO by a U.S. Internet company since Google’s in 2004. Facebook, though, is expected to dwarf both when it goes public in the next few months. The world’s largest online social network plans to raise $5 billion in an IPO that could value the company at $100 billion. In comparison, Zynga’s market capitalization was about $10 billion as of Tuesday.

Zynga relies on its Facebook games for nearly all of its revenue, though it has been working on expanding to other areas, notably mobile devices. “Words With Friends,” a Scrabble-like game played mainly on smartphones, is one of its best-known titles. Of the 12 games Zynga launched last year, eight were for mobile devices.

The company said it had 54 million daily active users in the fourth quarter, up 13 percent from 48 million a year earlier.

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