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Financial woes for Zynga mount as shift toward mobile games continues

zynga mobile gamesZynga’s future in mobile games may be turbulent

Zynga is in the midst of transitioning from social games to mobile games, but this shift has proven somewhat turbulent for the once popular developer. The company has targeted the mobile space as the ideal environment, wherein it can once again establish dominance in the gaming field. This comes after its fall from grace with Facebook and the subsequent crash of its status in the social gaming field. Mobile games do hold strong potential for the developer, but mounting financial problems could derail Zynga’s plans for the future.

Zynga posts decline in revenue

Zynga’s revenues for the first quarter of this year have declined by 18% year-over-year. During the first quarter, the company pulled in $264 million in revenue, but managed to report net income gains due to the continued performance of FarmVille 2, one of Zynga’s most played social games. Nonetheless, declining revenue presents a problem for Zynga, especially as some analysts suggests that the company will continue to report declines in revenue through the remainder of the year. Falling revenues could have an impact on Zynga’s ability to enter into the realm of mobile games.

Developer not likely to see gains through 2013

According to Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, 2013 is a transition year for the company. Pincus does not predict that Zynga will post promising results throughout 2013 until the company can establish a strong presence on the mobile gaming front. Currently, the developer does not anticipate any significant problems entering into mobile games, but development is rarely an inexpensive venture and producing games that do not end up a hit with consumers could lead the company into troubled financial waters.

Consumers wary of mobile games produced by Zynga

Zynga has the long term in mind when it comes to mobile games. The company is currently developing several titles for various mobile platforms, hoping to find the same success with mobile consumers that it had seen through social networks. Consumers remain wary of Zynga, however, as the developer has often been accused of blatantly copying other, more popular games in order to appeal to the interests of gamers.

Mobile games may benefit from Corona Cloud

Mobile Games Cloud ComputingCorona Cloud may become popular tool in mobile games development

Corona Labs, a leading mobile software developer, has announced the launch of Corona Cloud, a new suite of cloud computing services that are designed to make mobile development more intuitive. The Corona Cloud makes used of the Corona SDK, which has been used often in the realm of mobile games development. The service is designed to be used by anyone, but is meant to be particularly useful to those that already make use of the Corona SDK for their development purposes.

Cloud computing services offer new tools to developers

As its name suggests, Corona Cloud makes use of cloud computing. This computing method has been growing in popularity throughout the technology sector in recent years due to the efficiency it offers developers and the security it can offer to consumers. Cloud computing leverages the technological power of a complex network of computers, which can be accessed remotely using a cloud networking service, such as the Corona Cloud suite. Cloud computing has been gaining traction in social media and has begun to appeal to developers of mobile games.

Mobile games may benefit from cloud computing

Mobile games could benefit from cloud networking as it allows games to circumvent the hardware limitations of mobile devices. Cloud computing allows mobile games developers to create games that make use of a network’s hardware rather than that of a particular mobile device. This allows for games with better visuals and more complex mechanics. Cloud computing has yet to become a standard among mobile games, but more developers and publishers are beginning to show interest in the subject.

Corona Cloud expected to streamline development process

Corona Labs notes that its new service is designed to make software development easier. Typically, developers have to use a variety of third-party tools in order to add features to their applications and other software. Corona Cloud offers them access to these tools in a single package, reducing the development  time of applications significantly.