Facebook has long been the undisputed king of the online, browser-only casual social gaming world, but Google is officially declaring war with their own Google+ games content.
As always, The Warriors is a perfect allegory for any kind of turf war.
Google Plus (or, Google+, if you can stand the auto-spell corrections) is calling out Facebook on the social media giant’s on turf.
After a much hyped launch and positive reception from the public, Google is now entering “Phase 2″ of their network’s launch with the addition of games. So far, the list includes heavy hitters like Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz, Crime City, Dragon Age Legends, Sudoku, and of course, Zynga Poker. No word on Farmville heading to Google Plus yet, which would be the equivalent of leaving a horse head in Facebook’s bed.
As PC World reports, that’s not all, as Google is looking to sweeten the pot for developers by taking only a 5% commission charge, as opposed to Facebook’s 30% charge:
However, Google is taking it one step further–it’s announced that it will be charging social game (such as Farmville) developers only a 5 percent commission on in-game transactions. Facebook, on the other hand, charges a whopping 30 percent commission–a huge cut of profits that has been a bone of contention for developers for quite some time.
Zynga, the developer of Farmville and Mafia Wars, has even been rumored to have dabbled in creating its own social gaming site, in order to escape Facebook’s 30 percent cut. Ultimately rumors were just rumors, and Zynga has stuck by Facebook — but with Google’s new social network making waves, who knows what’ll happen.
Well, the current commission of 5 percent is just promotional–at least, that’s what Google+ games product manager Punit Soni told VentureBeat. Still, that’s some pretty aggressive pricing, even for a promotion. Google doesn’t yet know when the promotion will end or what it will charge developers on a regular basis.
And in case you missed it, here’s the breakdown of what’s available on Google Plus right now:
- Angry Birds
- Bejeweled Blitz
- Bubble Island
- City of Wonder
- Collapse! Blast!
- Crime City
- Diamond Dash
- Dragon Age Legends
- Dragons of Atlantis
- Edge World
- Monster World
- Wild Ones
- Zombie Lane
- Zynga Poker
If you’re worried about your stream logging with game notifications, over at the official Google Blog, Google Senior VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra sums things up:
“If you’re not interested in games, it’s easy to ignore them,” says Gundotra. “Your stream will remain focused on conversations with the people you care about.”
[Source: Official Google Blog, PC World]