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September 28, 2010

Good news for Zynga, others: virtual goods market to grow 40 percent

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Last Sunday, I wrote a story about Zynga and its Baltimore connection: the San Francisco online social gaming company's office in Timonium designed its second most popular game at the moment: FrontierVille.

The good news for Facebook and Zynga (and its peers, both big-time and small game developers), is that people continue to shell out real bucks for virtual goods, usually in games.

The Inside Network estimates that the virtual goods market will grow from 1.6 billion this year to $2.1 billion next year, according to the New York Times.

Below, Brian Reynolds, Zynga's chief game designer and head of its Timonium office.


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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 11:43 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: *NEWS*, Gamers, Social Media


its just crazy how adictive their games are, and how easy they eventually get you to spend money on their games, they need to have reahab facility for zinga players

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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