Google+ or Facebook Games: Where are the gamers going to?
Facebook is undoubtedly the top dog when it comes to networking sites today, with over 70 million users accessing it each and every day. But Google+, the new social website from Google, which is already providing Facebook with a stiff competition, is planning to change all that. It has many features that are attracting users towards it and within a week of its release on July more than 25 million users have made their Google+ accounts! But what works in the favour of Facebook is its vast array of social games which are immensely popular among its users, so Google+ has to come up with something better than that doesn’t it? So let’s look at what Google+ is doing in terms of social gaming for its users and is it better than Facebook or not.
Last month, the honchos of Google+ announced that they are going to provide their users with new and improved versions of older games and also some new and innovative ones as well. In that attempt they have made a deal with Zynga, one of the leading game developing houses, and the deal enables Google+ users to play classic games like Bejewelled Blitz, Angry Birds, and Diamond Dash among others. But the best thing is that many new games are being created for Google+ only which were never released before anywhere else!
But when it comes to social gaming then obviously the crowd favourites are Farmville and Cityville, and both of them although made by Zynga, can’t be used by Google+ as Facebook has got an exclusive access clause attached to them. And such is the popularity of these games that many users can defect to separate networking sites just to play these games! Although Google+ are trying their best to get at least of the two games into their site but undoubtedly Facebook will make it immensely difficult for that to happen.
To overturn such a situation, what Google+ officials have decided is that they are going to charge much less than Facebook for the revenues that are being generated from social games annually. The rate at which Facebook works is 30% but Google+ is only taking a meagre sum of 5%! Now that is a big news for all the small game developers out there as this gives them a unique opportunity to exhibit their work and earn a decent sum as well. And as expected many gaming houses like 6Wave, Kabam, Playdom etc have shown interest in joining Google plus’ gaming roster.
And as expected Facebook has retaliated, with added features being installed in their games, now users can play games like Farmville on full screen! And on top of that they are going to install another feature as well by which users will be able to check out who else is playing the game simultaneously and compete with them as well. No doubt that will be a big “plus” for every social gamer as that is what they really want: compete with their friends.
Google+ and Facebook, both are going head-on for the social networking crown and only time can tell which one shall reign supreme. But as far as social gaming is concerned Facebook still has the edge over its competitors simply by the virtue of its critical mass and the wealth of users it possesses. Although Google+ is trying it’s hardest to topple Facebook but it lacks behind in the user count and even if it changes in the future, for now it’s a big detriment for them. In any case, whatever may be the result, the battle between Facebook and Google+ ensures that exciting times await social gamers.