Happy Fool's Day! In this special day, each site would like to take this opportunity to attract users’ attention, including the game developers and game portal website, So there were many alarming articles to confuse your judge. we also collected a few articles, you can see which one is real? Check Below:
The First Article:
Microsoft Fails to Acquire Facebook's Game Developer with $200 M
March 31 (Bloomberg) -
CrowdStar, the creator of games for the Facebook social networking site, broke off talks to be bought by Microsoft Corp. for more than $200 million, a person with knowledge of the situation said. After two months of exclusive talks, CrowdStar’s founders concluded conditions sought by Microsoft would limit the company’s growth, said the person, who declined to be identified because the discussions weren’t public. CrowdStar, the closely held maker of the virtual fish-care game "Happy Aquarium," is talking to other suitors, said the person. The company, funded by Chairman Peter Relan, is the sixth largest developer of applications for Facebook with 48.7 million monthly users, according to AppData.com, a Web site that tracks application usage on the social network.
The growing popularity of games on Facebook led Electronic Arts Inc. to purchase Playfish Inc., the maker of "Pet Society" and "Restaurant City," for as much as $400 million last year.
Relan didn't respond to requests for comment. David Dennis, a Microsoft spokesman, declined to comment.
The U.S. market for games played on social networks, including Facebook and News Corp.'s MySpace, will triple to more than $2 billion by 2012, according to ThinkEquity LLC. The growth contrasts with a 9.8 percent drop last year for U.S. purchases of games played on Nintendo Co.'s Wii, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony Corp.'s PlayStation 3, NPD Group Inc. said.
Games on social networks such as Facebook and MySpace are free. The makers of the titles generate revenue by selling so- called virtual goods that let people enhance their game play. MSN Games
MSN Games, a unit of Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft, offers more than 1,000 online games, including "Bejeweled," "Mah Jong Tiles" and "Spades". The Web site competes with services from Yahoo! Inc. and AOL Inc. Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, operates the Xbox Live online game service, which lets players access their Facebook accounts and has about 23 million users. The company is trying to develop more online and community-based games, Phil Spencer, the vice president of Microsoft's game studios, said in July.
Microsoft fell 48 cents to $29.29 at 4:30 p.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. The shares have declined 3.9 percent this year.