Inside Social Games reports that Cambridge-based Conduit Labs has been acquired by social-games powerhouse Zynga, and will become Zynga Boston.

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is moving his videogame company, 38 Studios, currently based in Maynard, Massachusetts, to Rhode Island. The deal will bring Schilling’s company a $75 million loan guarantee backed by that state. Read the Boston.com article.

Curt Schilling’s game company 38 Studios has given name to its first game project. The Maynard-based company’s game, previously code-named Project Mercury, will be a single-player role-playing game (RPG) named Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. The game is being developed by 38 Studios’ Maryland subsidiary Big Huge Games, which it acquired in May of 2009 for an undisclosed amount.  Read the Mass High Tech article.

GameSpot and the Boston Globe report that on the precipice of its debut game’s world premiere, Curt Schilling‘s 38 Studios is considering relocation to Rhode Island for a possible $75 million in loan guarantees.

Fire Hose Games has scored a distribution deal with Sony Online Entertainment.  The Cambridge-based indie developer’s title “Slam Bolt Scrappers” – a big hit at the Boston Penny Arcade Expo – will soon be available on Sony’s PlayStation Network. See the Mass High Tech article.

Join the NE Games SIG for a casual year-end get together at Champions at the Marriott Copley in Back Bay on Tuesday, June 29th – 7pm. Champions is at 110 Huntington Ave.

Come down to chat about the latest in the industry, what happened at E3, what the autumn holds and to just plain connect. Red Sox vs Tampa Bay will be on the screens as well.

Look forward to seeing you there!

(This is a come as you are and pay your own way event.)

Foxborough, MA based Quick Hit has scored a multi-year license from the NFL for its Internet-only, free-to-play football browser game, thanks to loophole in EA exclusivity contract.  Read about it at the following links:

·         Venture Beat:    “[The NFL license is] a remarkable achievement”

o    http://games.venturebeat.com/2010/06/10/quick-hit-scores-nfl-license-for-online-football-games/

·         ESPN:    “[Quick Hit] now it has done the unthinkable and signed a multi-year agreement with the NFL”

o    http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/videogames/blog/_/name/thegamer/id/5271581/quick-hit-acquires-nfl-license

·         Bloomberg / Businessweek:  “the NFL’s first licensing agreement for an online game”

o   http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-10/nfl-reaches-licensing-deal-with-online-game-company-quick-hit.html

·         San Fran Chronicle:  “ social gaming start-up is about to go big time

o   http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/detail?entry_id=65445

·         Kotaku:  “[Quick Hit] lands rare league license

o   http://kotaku.com/5559755/online-video-game-lands-a-rare-league-license-+-the-nfls


In yesterday’s Mass High Tech, MIT Enterprise Forum New England Games SIG founder Mike Cavaretta discussed Massachusetts video game company tax credits and other ways to promote the growth of the Mass game industry.

Mass High Tech reports that soon you will be able to get on your “Satellite” with “Layla” to be an “American Badass,” all while playing a game. Boston’s Seven45 Studios is moving along its upcoming music game “Power Gig: Rise of the SixString” with a new peripheral, and exclusive content deals with Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews Band and Kid Rock.

Popular Science magazine came out recently with its “Inventions of the Year” issue, naming Cambridge-based Immerz’ KOR-fx as one of the best inventions of 2010. One of 10 new inventions to be honored in this year’s issue, KOR-fx is a wearable device that enhances the soundtrack of movies or video games.

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