Zuma Web Connect Launches on PopCap.com
New "Social" Iteration of PopCap's #2 Franchise Enables Friendly Zuma Competition Via Facebook Connect
"Zuma Web Connect is our latest experiment with integrating social features such as rankings and medals into our games," said John Vechey, PopCap co-founder and all-around good guy. "While Bejeweled, Peggle and more recently Plants vs. Zombies get most of the attention, Zuma has quietly been an ongoing hit for us on all sorts of devices and in almost every corner of the world. Zuma is hugely popular in Germany and Japan, for example, and is one of the highest-rated iPod games of all time."
Since launching in late 2003, Zuma has garnered dozens of awards along with praise from industry icons including Tetris creator Alexei Pajitnov and Bill Gates. Over 225 million copies of Zuma have been downloaded from the Web, accounting for nearly a quarter of the 1 billion-plus downloads of all PopCap® titles. More than 17 million copies have been sold across all platforms, amounting to $200 million in consumer spending over the history of the game. Further, consumers have played almost 4 billion hours of Zuma since it debuted five and a half years ago.
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