Feeds

Tumbleweed-plagued Google+ is minus Bejeweled and Wooga

EA'd rather have 70% of something than 95% of buggerall

High performance access to file storage

Two games developers are withdrawing from Google's troubled social network Google+. Kiddie game dev Wooga and Popcap, which is owned by giant Electronic Arts, confirmed they are deploying their resources elsewhere. Popcap markets the popular Bejeweled game.

Tumbleweed via Shutterstock

Ironically, it is in games developers' long-term interest to see alternative platforms to Facebook succeed. Facebook's vast audience, coupled with the lack of competition, mean that the social network can get away with wolfing down a 30 per cent cut of revenue. Google's bite is just 5 per cent.

But games publishers must go where the audiences are. And for all its nice features – and there are a few – people are going where their friends go. A survey earlier this year showed Google+ users were spending an average of four minutes a month on the social network, compared to an average eight hours Facebook users spend.

At this rate, the only entertainment to be found on Google+ will be the sight of Robert Scoble playing Solitare in an empty room, as tumbleweeds roll past. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive
Rules 'interfering' measure to be 'invalid'
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?
Chicago Mercantile Exchange plans cloud spot exchange
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.