As social games become more and more accepted, and the base continues to grow and grow, I decided it was time to start asking some Facebook developers about the platform. This is the first article in a weeklong series that examines multiple angles: the division between social and hardcore, big publisher invasion, the necessity of notifications, and social games' future.
This week we're taking a look at the Facebook platform. One of the three developers I spoke with was Zynga Games, creators of the wildly successful FarmVille.
This revenue is not produced solely by ads, but real money from players in exchange for items. These range from the mundane to game breaking -- in the sense that they don't follow the base rule set -- and are used to simply get ahead and defeat foes' Leaderboard scores.
Think iron-clad Hoplite with a birdshot-loaded shotgun staring down a throbbing mass of axe- and stick-armed Persians and you’ll get the idea of the advantage of some of these items. If you still don't picture it, then read up on the $40 "Wither Ring," a promotional item that stops crop rot -- the penalty for not being mindful of what's growing.
Regardless of its "pay to get ahead" free-to-play model, FarmVille has over tens of millions of players. It's an important game for Zynga in terms of the money it brings in, but it has also proved to be something of a petri dish.
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