Google has announced the first wave of applications for its Google+ social networking service, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s starting with games. Users will see a Games button at the top of their stream, where they can play a number of titles with their friends. There are some big names too: Rovio’s Angry Birds is there (ahead of its debut on Facebook), as well as games from EA, PopCap, Zynga and other big names in social gaming. “We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life,” writes Google’s Vic Gundotra in a blog post. Games is the first category of applications to launch on Google+, but others – think music – will be coming later. “Because we want to provide both a great user experience and a great developer experience, we’re focusing on quality before quantity. We will continue to add new partners and new features in small steps, starting with today’s release of the games APIs to a small number of developers,” explains engineering director David Glazer. Facebook has already responded with its own announcements about how games are evolving on its service – a new games ticker, bookmarks and a new ranking system to ensure the best Facebook games are found by users. More than 200 million people are playing games on Facebook every month, so it’s no surprise to see Google going after a chunk of that audience. Source: Facebook Source: TechCrunch
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