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Don’t Miss Out! Watch EA Game Changers Live Stream Event!

February 29, 2012

What does it mean to you to have the power to change the world? Would you change the world to make it better for you, or better for everyone else?

On March 6th, our friends at EA are hosting a free live-streamed event where they are asking you to think about these questions and more as they bring three esteemed speakers into the mix. How do these speakers fit with what EA is announcing? The only way to find out is to tune in. What we can reveal are the first two confirmed speakers. Check them out below.

Davis Guggenheim is a critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning director and producer, whose early work includes many television dramas such as DEADWOOD, NYPD BLUE and 24. He transitioned into directing non-fiction films with THE FIRST YEAR, which aired on PBS in 2001 and won a Peabody Award. AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, featuring former Vice President Al Gore, was theatrically distributed by Paramount in 2006, won an Academy Award for Best Documentary. IT MIGHT GET LOUD, featuring Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White was theatrically distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in 2009. Guggenheim also directed Barack Obama’s biographical film for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, as well as Obama’s 30-minute primetime infomercial. Guggenheim’s latest film, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and took home the Best US Documentary Audience Award. It was released in September 2010 by Paramount and has since won the Gotham Festival Genius Award, as well as the PGA Award, Critics’ Choice Award, and the National Board of Review Award. He recently completed FROM THE SKY DOWN, a documentary about the band U2

Scott Harrison spent 10 years as an event promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the one billion people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue. In five years, with the help of more than 250,000 donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $60 million and funded 6,185 water projects in 19 developing nations. Those projects will provide over 2.5 million people with clean, safe drinking water. Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list and Forbes’ Impact 30 list. His personal story has been featured in more than 400 media outlets, including ABC’s 20/20 and Nicholas Kristof’s column in the New York Times.

So Playfish fans, what do you think? What does an Academy Award-winning director have in common with the CEO of charity: water, and how does this all fit within EA’s Game Changers Live Stream event?  Leave your comments below!

Register for the free live stream at EA.com/GameChangers

Would you change the world if you could? #Power2Change

Playfish and Jamie Oliver cook up tasty recipes in Restaurant City

May 19, 2011

We have some exciting and very tasty news hitting the culinary streets of Restaurant City! Starting today, Restaurant City players can cook up appetizing recipes from world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver.

For four consecutive weeks, Restaurant City will feature a mouth-watering recipe of the week – all from Jamie’s extensive culinary repertoire. First up is the Farfalle Carbanara! Collect Jamie’s Pasta and other ingredients to master the recipe and you’ll be rewarded with an exclusive in-game item, the coveted Jamie Oliver Pasta Maker.

The Pasta Maker produces Jamie’s Pasta, so it’ll be a helpful kitchen gadget when preparing other recipes each week, including Asparagus Fettuccine, Basil Pesto Pasta, and Meatball Pasta.

Want to bring your culinary creations to life from your Restaurant City kitchen to your real world home kitchen? Once you’ve successfully created each dish in Restaurant City, you’ll receive a link to the real recipe from Jamie Oliver’s web site!

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your knife, fork and laptop to visit Restaurant City and start cooking up Jamie Oliver recipes!

Bon Appetit!

Join Playfish in Helping Survivors of Japan’s Earthquake

March 16, 2011

Hello Playfish friends,

Please join Playfish in helping Japan’s earthquake and tsunami relief efforts by donating to Mercy Corps. All donations will go directly to Mercy Corps, who with its longstanding partner, Peace Winds Japan, will provide immediate and long-term needs to those affected by this devastating tragedy. To donate to Mercy Corps and for more information, please visit: http://www.mercycorps.org/fundraising/playfish0

Players also can donate to Mercy Corps through the “Garden of Hope” in Restaurant City, the “Japan Elite Transfers” in FIFA Superstars, and the “Red Pagoda” in Monopoly Millionaires – and on Thursday through the “Support Japan” bundle in Pet Society. Playfish will donate 100% of the purchase price of these items to Mercy Corps.

Thanks for your support!

~ Your friends at Playfish

From Playfish With Love: Playfish Cash Bonus!

February 11, 2011

Hello Playfish Friends and Lovers!

Birds are chirping, the sun is shining….and LOVE is in the air!

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and to show Playfish’s LOVE to you, we’re offering 50% EXTRA Playfish Cash when purchased through any of our games where Playfish Cash is used. “From Playfish With Love: Playfish Cash Bonus” is occurring for a limited time from February 11 to February 15, so fall in love all over again and stock up on Playfish Cash today!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

Playfish

Show your love for animals and support the World Wildlife Fun by playing Pet Society!

November 2, 2010

Playfish is proudly supporting World Wildlife Fund and its efforts to protect the future of nature. Between now and January 1, 2011, Playfish will donate 10 cents to WWF for every new player who installs Pet Society through the Play to Give website!

A large part of why we love playing Pet Society is because it inspires us to create, nurture and care for our very own pet. Also, we’re able to interact within the Pet Society world by dressing up our pet in the latest fashions, feeding it tasty treats, decorating its house, spoiling it with fun and luxurious virtual goods, and visiting friends for play dates!

Now, it’s time for us to share the love we have for our pets with animals in the real world, both tame and wild! After all, these furry friends deserve just as much attention and care, and should be able to live happy and healthy lives!

Find out more about the campaign by clicking here.

Also, don’t forget to tell your friends about the campaign, so they too can join in on all the fun in the wonderful world of Pet Society!

Restaurant City Halloween Competition Winners Cook Up Recipes to Die For!

October 21, 2010

Just in time for Halloween, Restaurant City chefs have been deviously cooking up ghoulish gourmet creations for the Halloween Boo-Licious Cook Off competition! Players were challenged to create an original and frighteningly delicious food or drink recipe perfect for Halloween for a chance to win 500 Playfish Cash and their spooky concoctions to be featured in Restaurant City.

Not only did the creativity and talent behind these devilishly delicious recipes amaze us, the artistic and culinary skills were beyond impressive as well! We would like to extend our thanks to all the boys and ghouls who participated in the competition – Thank you!

And now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for…the winners!

Winning Main Dish: Gasping Ghoulash

By Denesa Yip

Winning Drink: Brain Drain

By Vanessa

Check out the Restaurant City Blog for more information on the Halloween Boo-Licious Cook Off competition, as well as details from the winners around what inspired them to create their winning recipes and what they’ll do with their new found riches!

Playfish’s Commitment to Player Privacy

October 18, 2010

In light of recent reports that certain Facebook games and apps have provided third party organizations with personal information, all members of the Playfish community can be assured of a secure game playing environment and a continued commitment to player privacy and respect.

Maintaining the privacy and security of the millions of game players within our worldwide community is of utmost importance to Playfish.  As a consistent corporate practice, Playfish complies with Facebook data policies and does not release any private information to third party organizations without the express consent and knowledge of its players.

Madden NFL Superstars, the NEW Facebook game from EA SPORTS and Playfish!

October 8, 2010

What do you get when you combine the two most addictive sports gaming experiences: Fantasy Football and card collecting? Madden NFL Superstars! This is your chance to create your own franchise, draft real NFL players, even build a stadium and attract fans.

Here’s an exclusive interview with Playfish’s Stephen Jarrett, product manager of Madden NFL Superstars:

Welcome, Stephen. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Playfish?

I am the Product Manager on Madden NFL Superstars.  I determine game balance, set up the in-game economy, and have a hand in design direction.  The forum-goers may know me as “Knightfish.”

Are you an avid football fan? How did your love for football help you succeed in developing Madden NFL Superstars?

Go Titans!!  I am a die hard Titans fan and avid fantasy football player. I want Madden NFL Superstars to be as relevant as possible to NFL fans so they can get involved in the sport, whether they choose Xbox, PS3, or, in this case, Facebook.  We do a lot of fantasy football leagues here at EA and Playfish, so there’s a lot of passion about the NFL across the team.  The Madden team’s knowledge of football has been instrumental in our success developing the game.

Can you give us an overview of Madden NFL Superstars?

Madden NFL Superstars is a team management social game where players compete against their friends on Facebook to build the ultimate team of NFL players.  Players build their own stadium and fill it with fans to compete against all 32 real NFL teams and a chance to play in the Super Bowl.

What was the most challenging aspect of bringing Madden NFL Superstars to life? What are some of the notable features in the game?

With a brand like Madden, you always want to live up to player expectations with a very polished and fully featured game.  I think we have done that.  We are continually adding more features to flesh out the game and enhance the player experience.  We recently added Achievements, Players of the Week, NFL Banners, and Bonus Cards.

Something players can look forward to soon is Card Collection.  Remember when you were a kid and you collected baseball cards?  Our goal is to translate that experience into the game and reward players for building a collection of all the players from one team, all of the players at specific positions, or all of the platinum players and so on.  The rewards for this will range from unlocking NFL team logos to a new type of card called an “Elite Card,” which will be a permanent card with a team bonus.

So, this is the first time that the Madden NFL franchise has been introduced to the social gaming space. How well does Madden translate into a social game? What aspects of Madden lend themselves to a social gaming setting?

Madden has always been a very social game, from college kids battling it out in dorm rooms to young professionals hanging out on the weekends.  People want the chance to be their favorite team or favorite player while competing against their friends.  Moving that experience into the social gaming space seemed like a natural step.  Everyone who loves Madden on their Xbox or PS3 will also really enjoy Madden NFL Superstars.

Do you think people who play Fantasy Football will like Madden NFL Superstars? Why?

Definitely!  The goal of fantasy is to build a team that will dominate your friend’s team.  At its heart, Madden NFL Superstars is very similar.  Everyday players have the opportunity to play their friends and talk smack.  The better your team, the more likely you are to beat all your friends and top the leader board.

What is your team’s name and how are you doing in the season so far?

In support of my Titans I named my team “CJ 4 MVP,” despite the rough start Chris Johnson has had.  I am doing well so far. I just made it all the way to the Super Bowl in Pro League and now I’m battling my way through Season 21!  I was lucky to get Dwight Freeney, Marques Colston, and Matt Schaub in my first Ultimate pack.  Hopefully I can get Chris Johnson in the next one!

Now, go out there and be the best coach in the NFL. Play Madden NFL Superstars today!

Playfish is Hiring: Come Swim in Our Pond!

September 15, 2010

At Playfish, our mission is to change how the world plays games by creating more social and connected experiences. From our first game “Who Has the Biggest Brain?” to our most recent hit, “Madden NFL Superstars,” more than 250 million Playfish games have been installed and played by millions of people worldwide. It’s no surprise that the social gaming industry is exploding in growth and is here to stay!

But, success doesn’t happen over night. The major force behind Playfish’s creative, innovative and technical excellence is the outstanding team of artists, developers, engineers, product managers – the list goes on and on – who collectively create games that are consistently amongst the most acclaimed and popular on Facebook. And, we’re looking for more high energy, intelligent and motivated individuals with a “get it done” attitude to join the Playfish team!

If you thrive in positive and creative work environments that encourage ownership and autonomy, visit our job board here for available employment opportunities across all our offices in London, San Francisco, Beijing and Tromso, Norway.

But first, check out this fun video to hear first-hand from Playfishers about what it’s like to work at Playfish, the opportunities they’re given, and all the fun they have swimming amongst all the other Fishes in the pond! Click here to see the video!

From the Runway: Pet Society Fans Predict Hot Fashion Trends

September 7, 2010

We recently inspired Pet Society fans to predict this season’s hottest looks by designing chic and trendy outfits for their pets in the first-ever Pet Society Fashionista Competition! From retro chic, punk-rock glam, bohemian vogue to animal-inspired couture, the fashion-forward designs we received were amazing! Everyone who entered the competition wowed us with their inspired outfits and we are in awe of all the creativity.

So, without further ado, let’s meet the winners and runner-ups from each category. Each of the winners will win 150 Playfish cash, while category runners-up will take away 100 Playfish cash!

Formal

The runner-up in the formal category is Ruthie Abad. From the shiny top hat, elegant cane, sleek buttoned-down military coat, to the black gloves, Ruthie’s “Elegant Gothic Aristocrat” ensemble embodies true debonair glamour.

The winner in the formal category goes to Alma Baldares Lopez. Alma’s “The Lord of the Bunnys” design beautifully combines a whimsical fairytale with a hint of punk edge. The design is very Alice in Wonderland-esque and very avant-garde.

Fashion alert, fashion alert!!! Top Hats are the way to go this fall!

Nightwear

Cristina Flotta’s “Cloudy Night” outfit was voted runner-up in the nightwear category. Combining a cloud hat, silky-long blond wig, dreamy nightgown with fluffy fringe, and slippers, not only will you be on Cloud 9, but you’ll be in Fashion Heaven!

Winning the nightwear category is Dulce Pedraza. Dulce’s “Sweet Fluffy Starry Night” pajama set includes a star “onesie,” yellow nightcap with star pins, star plushie and a calming moon balloon. It’ll be hard to fall asleep looking this cute, but we’ll take the risk!

Who says you have to wear sweats and an old t-shirt to bed? Definitely not Pet Society fans – they want their sweet dreams with style!

Leisure

Back to school, and back to fashion! That’s what leisure category runner-up Cristina Jimenez Moya was thinking when designing her casual outfit. Perfect for the crisp fall breeze, Cristina’s outfit includes a cozy knit cap, a double-breasted green wool coat and fashionable brown pants. You’ll get an A+ in style sporting this outfit to school!

Dylan Bruno, winner of the leisure category, says “no more frilly dresses!” Well, you won’t need a dress to show off your feminine power when wearing this super hip get up! Urban glam is at its finest when you pair super trendy harem pants topped with a stylish tee and vest, and accessorized with a paperboy cap, bangles, cuffs and great hair!

As true fashionistas, Pet Society fans rock high fashion in even the most casual of places!

Haute Couture

Vroom, vroom! Runner-up Chong Mei Shyaun’s Haute Couture design, “Transformello” kicks starts fashion into high gear! Inspired by the power one may feel riding a motorcycle, Chong Mei’s design is both fast and furious!

The winning design in the Haute Couture category goes to Teresa De Sio’s “Autumn Bloom” design. This brown satin dress with voluminous skirt and one-shoulder strap bodice is the perfect party dress. Also, the orange flower blossom accent on the dress and hairpiece will make you the star of any Fall Harvest Ball.

Whether it’s being inspired by nature or a machine, Pet Society fans aren’t afraid to show off their creativity! After all, self expression will never go out of style!

Grand Prize Winner!

And the Grand Prize Winner of the Pet Society Fashionista Competition goes to Maria Jose Montiel, who designed the “Le Rock and Chic” ensemble for the leisure category.  The elegance and femininity of the aubergine colored, pleated skirt combined with the edgier belted double-breasted jacket makes this the perfect outfit for any day of the week! Whether atop the Eiffel Tower or strolling through the Louvre, you’ll be strolling the Cat Walk with confidence wherever you go!

As the grand prize winner, Maria will be the proud owner of a shiny new iPad® and 500 Playfish cash – Congratulations!  You’re the belle of the ball!

Also, starting September 16, each of the category winners and the Grand Prize winner’s designs will be featured in Pet Society and made available to the game’s millions of players to buy for their pets.

We all know fashion plays an integral role in Pet Society – after all, how many times a day do you visit the Clothing Store or change outfits? Through fashion, Pet Society has been enabling players to uniquely express their creativity and personality!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first-ever Pet Society Fashionista Competition!


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