Developers Wooga and PopCap recently announced that they are pulling a few games from Google+.
Wooga develops free-to-play browser-based games for social networks and is currently the world’s fourth-largest game developer by monthly active users on the Facebook platform as of April. The Berlin, Germany-based firm confirmed that it took down Monster World from Google’s social network offerings and said more removals are coming.
“We decided to remove certain games from Google+ because we have a much larger following on Facebook and they are active users,” said a Wooga representative to AllThingsD.
According to Social Games Observer, Wooga will further cut Bubble Island and Diamond Dash on July 1. Meanwhile, PopCap Games is a Seattle, Wash.-based subsidiary of Electronic Arts that also confirmed it is eliminating titles from Google+. The company revealed its Bejeweled game would no longer be live starting on Monday.
“PopCap has decided to suspend Bejeweled Blitz on Google+ to redeploy our resources to other adaptations of Bejeweled. Certainly, Google is a valuable gaming partner for PopCap and EA, and we’ll continue to develop for Google platforms,” explained a PopCap spokesperson to AllThingsD.
EA represents the third-largest social game company on Facebook. Developers began using Google+ about 10 months ago as a way to expand beyond the Facebook platform, but now the fledging social network does not seem to carry enough active users to support the big boys in gaming.
Google+ will now only feature 40 remaining games, which is still four more than it had in February, and it will continue to tout Rovio’s Angry Birds, Zynga’s CityVille, Poker, and Mafia Wars 2, and Disney’s Gardens of Time. Moreover, the platform may still appeal to some developers, because the Mountain View, Calif.-based Company shares 95 percent of the revenue with developers. It keeps just 5 percent for itself, where as Facebook takes a 30 percent cut.
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