Get Ready For Some Farmville And Angry Birds Action In Google Plus
By on August 11th, 2011

One and half months from the launch date and Google Plus is in full swing, measuring its next logical step: Games.

If you go back in time and recall what made Facebook so popular among teenagers and college students, you can do the math. Of course, Google won’t do the same mistake over and over again, this time they are quick enough to add support for games in Google Plus., borrowing a little help from the same old player Zynga.

Starting today, games in Google Plus will be rolled out gradually to all users, you can check your Google Plus profile for a fifth tab at the far right, as shown below:

google-plus-games

Using the Games tab at your Google plus profile, you will be able to quickly filter gaming related updates from friends in your Google Plus circles. This is a direct counter to Facebook’s news feed system, which often gets cluttered and bombarded with tons of gaming and application updates. Google will provide a dedicated page for all things gaming, which is cool.

At this moment, Google Plus will launch 16 games which includes Angry birds, Dragon of Atlantis, Diamond dash, Edgeworld, Zombie lane and some more. I hope they won’t disappoint Farmville and Cityville fans.

Introducing Games in Google Plus is a giant step towards attracting the mass. Google did an amazing job in attracting the geeks and the tech savvy audience but if they want the crowd to chase the heck out of them, there is only one way – satisfy their basic needs. Social networking in 2011 has gone beyond one-on-one conversations, you have to have the entire mix in a well packaged format. Google knows that.

Some good news for game developers – Google will take only 5% on in-app purchases and transactions which is 1/6th of what Facebook charges game developers at this moment. This is a really big deal and Google is going aggressive to attract developers in the playground as well.   Google says that this is just a promotional rate while a revised rate will be put into effect later.

I wont be playing but for those who will, games in Google Plus is going to be real fun.

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Author: Amit Banerjee Google Profile for Amit Banerjee
Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee

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  • http://www.mc-safety.de Schilder F.

    The major difference between Facebook and Google+ relating games: the updates from the games will not show up in the main stream.

    Thats not a very significant difference!

  • http://mediamonstrosity.com person287

    Google+ looks like it’s shaping up to be very good, now could Google just make it available for Google Apps users!

  • http://angrybirdsaddiction.com/ Bob

    The “easy to learn, hard to master” saying in Angry Birds will be a lot fun if we can already play it in Google plus. Everyone is also excited to the arrival of Angry Birds in Facebook. Sharing your high score with friends and actually playing this game in another platform is really a big leap for Rovio.

 
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