Game developers poised to start removing games from Google+
Yikes! This is not good news for the Google social network, Google+. Games just came to Google+ just ten months ago, and now it seems there is not enough incentive for game devs to continue supporting their games on Google+.
Not all game devs are pulling out, but so far Wooga and EA are the first two to go according to All Things D. They have games on Google+ like Diamond Dash, Bejeweled Blitz and Monster World. If you do a quick search in the Google game directory you will see these games have already been pulled from the listing. There are still many games available, but with this news more devs may end up pulling the plug too.
Ten months ago Google only opened up the games API to big game developers, with Wooga, EA and Zynga to name a few. Zynga still has their games on Google+ such as Zynga CityVille, Poker and Mafia Wars. It appears that Wooga and EA are pulling their games due to the lack of user activity, which could happen for various reasons. One would think it’s the actual number of users on the social network, which has been argued that it’s actually lower than publicly acknowledged. The last public update from Google is that the social network has over 170 million users. Another thing to keep in mind is that maybe users of Google+ just don’t use it for games, but use it for other things they can’t get out of Facebook. Whatever the reason though, ultimately it’s not a good sign for Google.
Hopefully after this news, Google will open up the Games API to any game developer that wants a piece of the action, and I bet that game usage will go back up.