Mobile second: Gaming startup blends old-school approach with a nod to iOS


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With the recent plunge in Zynga(s znga)’s stock price and the quick rise and fall in popularity for games like Draw Something, it’s easy to imagine that the future of gaming is a fickle thing. But Eric Hautemont, co-founder and CEO of the company Days of Wonder, may have discovered a secret to viability in the industry: cardboard board games.

Board games might not seem like the sexiest of products, but Days of Wonder, whose slogan is « play different, » has shown the power of having physical merchandise in the digital era. The company has been profitable, bringing in an average revenue last year « in the $10 million to $20 million range, » said a company spokesman, and building fans across the globe who revere its high-quality, engaging products on two very different platforms — cardboard and Apple’s (s aapl) iOS.

Days of Wonder, founded in 2002, is almost the…

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