Facebook and mobile have a blooming relationship and the public display of affection was recently shown more than ever as 41 per cent of ad revenue now comes from devices.
However, Facebook Mobile Games Publishing was launched this week, a service which looks to offer small to medium-sized developers a head start in getting their mobile games noticed as the market continues to become increasingly crowded.
Facebook will pocket a revenue share in exchange for securing its partners ‘high quality, long-term players’, analytics tools and guidance, with promotional content pushing games across its apps.
You can read the full article over at Mobile Entertainment.
If you prefer to spend your spare time doing something a bit more active then simply checking Facebook, you might be interested to know that Olympic Gold medal winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton has launched a new range of girls bikes exclusive to Halfords.
Ready in time for the Christmas season, they pick up on Pendleton’s retro-look bikes, with step through frames. There are three colours (light blue, red and purple), aimed at girls aged nine to 15.
Read more on BikeBiz.
Elsewhere on the High Street, local PC retailers and resellers are stepping up to fill the space left by Tesco, which is stocking fewer consumer electronics in its stores.
The grocer said it is scaling back on tech to focus on other more profitable categories like food. It has also axed its computer repairs service.
Find out more on PCR.
Staying with supermarkets, Asda confirmed this week that it is to stop stocking Nintendo’s Wii U console.
Sales of the machine have been well below even the bleakest of expectations. The latest financial report from Nintendo says that, in Europe, Wii U has sold a lowly 10,000 consoles. The biggest flaw has been in its software, with third-party support being lacklustre and the three main launch titles failing to resonate with consumers.
However, Nintendo believes it can turn things around by Christmas. Click here to visit MCV and read their expert analysis.
In other games news, since the reveal of the PlayStation 4 back in February when both big publishers and smaller indie games studios got to share the stage, Sony has been winning over indies left, right and centre. It is realising the importance of supporting the up and coming wave of bedroom coders and micro studios where much of the innovation in the games industry is coming from.
Read all about Sony’s PS4 self-publishing strategy on Develop.