Amazon, PopCap Strike Deal

5/16/11

Up-and-coming Seattle casual game company PopCap Games is partnering with one of the city’s tech titans, Amazon.com, to sell its first games for Google’s Android smartphone platform. The deal, announced today, gives Amazon’s Appstore for Android first crack at selling the games Chuzzle and Plants vs. Zombies, for two weeks each.
Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has been making news around the Android platform for weeks, including the unveiling of its Appstore (and a lawsuit with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) over the name), and a cloud-based music service that looks like an Android answer to Apple’s iTunes.
Add to that the growing reports that Amazon may be moving toward making an Android-based tablet computer, stoked recently by CEO Jeff Bezos’ advice to “stay tuned” when Consumer Reports asked him about the possibility of an Amazon tablet. PopCap is making some moves of its own: It recently purchased San Francisco-based social gaming company ZipZapPlay, and is strongly considering an IPO this fall.

Curt Woodward is a senior editor for Xconomy based in Boston. Email: cwoodward@xconomy.com Follow @

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