Well the writing is on the wall (pun intended) for Facebook, Google+ is coming for you. Games are an integral part of Facebook’s business, as they make great money, but they also keep users coming back day after day. So it should come as no surprise (especially to Facebook) that Google is planning to launch games within its new social networking site, Google+.
With Google+ gaining over 18 million people in less than 3 weeks, it has definitely caught on and will continue to add users. But if rumors are true and Google plans to charge developers 30% less than Facebook to have games on Google+, we may see a mass exodus of Facebook game developers or at least a lot of developers making games for both. Who wouldn’t want to make more money off their games. With great games appearing on Google+, especially if Google manages to nab a good exclusive, we could see people starting to shift away from Facebook. Games helped Facebook beat MySpace once before…could Google pull a facebook on facebook and make them the next MySpace…while improbable, it is possible.
With Slashgear discovering lines of code within Google+ help pages that list the words”Games Stream” and Google’s Vic Gundotra confirming that Google is in fact working on a developer API’s for Google+ it’s really a matter of when, not “if,” we’ll see Google Games.
With games being linked to your Gmail account, which is linked to your browser, Android or iPhone phone, Google+ and pretty much everything else you use to keep in touch, Google’s games could really be the first true “Anytime, Anywhere” games network. Facebook only has you by your email, their website and mobile app, Google has your email, calendar, browser (if you use Chrome, which you should), phone, maps, (for geo-location game, imagine that) website, and they too have a mobile app. You name it, Google has it. Things just got real for Facebook, they now have a real competitor and better pay attention or soon it may find itself being sold for $30 million to an obscure media company and a former boy band pop-star.