When Google+ bumped against Facebook seems that Google+ will win the race. But when it came to social gaming, Facebook is way ahead. The giant social work have built web games that run in it and have turned Facebook and the developers into business tycoon.
But it won’t stay that way for long. Today Google plans to bring something similar to Google+ has cropped up. There is a strong hint that Google is getting closer to adding games to the social network that is now have 20 millions users.
In the Help page within Google+’s settings mention of a “Games Stream” that Google says will contain ‘updates shared from games.” ”If you’re looking for updates shared from games, check out your Games stream” the help article suggests, though currently the link it mentions leads to a 404 page.
This is not the first time mention of gaming will be built in Google+. A day after Google+ launched, some web experts succeed to pull out codes and logos from Google+. As some say that Google planned to undercut Facebook and others by taking less than 30 percent of revenue on any paid game elements, as well as hosting the titles on its own servers. (Note: Google currently gets a 5 percent take in Chrome Web Store apps.) The exact nature of gaming on Google+ has not been detailed, though the search giant has confirmed that APIs will be available for third-party developers to hook into the network. Another hint that Google was already in talks with some gaming companies, with a so-called “social gaming team” responsible for bringing popular titles onboard. However it’s also possible that Google+ could be used to pull in Android game results, turning the site into an online leaderboard of sorts.
Such an inclusion would be another strike against Facebook, which has made significant strides in monopolizing the social or “casual” gaming market with titles such as Farmville. Google is believed to have covertly invested between $100m and $200m in Farmville developer Zynga back in mid-2010.