Google is rolling out games for its Google+ social network. Launch titles include Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz, Bubble Island, City of Wonder, Collapse! Blast, Crime City, Diamond Dash, Dragon Age: Legends, Dragons of Atlantis, Edge World, Flood-It!, Monster World, Sudoku, Wild Ones, Zombie Lane, and Zynga Poker. The gaming functionality of Google+ is being deployed on a rolling basis, so not everyone can access it right away.
For consumers, Google wants to keep games simple and out-of-the-way compared to Facebook. Users will have more control over what gaming information they share and see on their stream. On a recent post on the Official Google Blog, senior vice president Vic Gundotra wrote:
Sharing is about more than just conversations. The experiences we have together are just as important to our relationships. We want to make playing games online just as fun, and just as meaningful, as playing in real life.
That means giving you control over when you see games, how you play them and with whom you share your experiences. Games in Google+ are there when you want them and gone when you don’t.
For developers that make money through in-game purchases, Google+ is especially attractive. According to VentureBeat’s “Dancing” Dean Takahashi, Google’s cut of in-game purchases is 5 percent, as opposed to the 30 percent Facebook takes in. Obviously Facebook has a much higher installed base, so developers stand to make more money on that social network based on the sheer amount of players. As Google+ continues to grow — remember, it hasn’t even been out for two months — it will be interesting to see if developers start to favor it over Facebook.
Sadly, games haven’t shown up on my Google+ account yet. How about for you? Anything there yet? What do you think of Google+ games? Will you give them a whirl?