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Games play a huge part in Facebook's future

Published on Oct 8, 2012 9:48 AM
 
As investors agonise over Facebook's future, the online social network used by a seventh of the world's population isn't forgetting the importance of play. -- ST PHOTO: JOSEPH NAIR

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - As investors agonise over Facebook's future, the online social network used by a seventh of the world's population isn't forgetting the importance of play.

Nearly a quarter of Facebook members play online and developers of game applications are keenly tuned into the trend of using smartphones or tablets to connect to the social network.

With 235 million folks taking part in games at Facebook, the Northern California company sees a potential revenue source in the mobile arena, where it has been lambasted for failing to profit from its popularity.

"Games really are important to us at Facebook because they are something our users love and our developers build businesses around," said Mr Matt Wyndowe, head of the games and applications team at Facebook.

 
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