Facebook is not Interested in Making Games: Procrastinators Everywhere Sigh in Relief

on November 8, 2011 4:30 PM

How much time of your life have you wasted on Facebook? Too much is the answer, and games probably don’t help you be productive in your daily life.

Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, is not interested in making games however, despite how lucrative of a business it is. He’d rather leave it to companies that do just that like Zynga. In an interview with TechCrunch, the young entrepreneur opened up about the subject.

“[…]building games is really hard. And what we’re doing is really hard. And we think that we’re better off focusing on this piece. I think that building a great game service is really hard. […] And we just believe that an independent entrepreneur will always beat a division of a big company which is why we think that the strategy of these other companies trying to do everything themselves will inevitably be less successful than an ecosystem where you have someone like Facebook trying to build the core product to help people connect and then independent great companies that are only focused on one or two things doing those things really well.”

Once again, Zuckerberg reiterates the goal of Facebook: an open platform for people to communicate on, but just that, a platform. It’s not as if we need more games really, with the likes of Zynga and Ubisoft. I can see a future where you could cloud game on social websites. An OnLive Facebook application maybe?


 /  Staff Writer
Isshak started gaming with the NES, and has owned almost every console since then. He was born in Togo, grew up in Benin, studied in the US and now goes to college in France! You don't get more international than that, and his weird cultural background is reflected in his favorite games, which range from Final Fantasy to Bit Trip Runner to Dead Space to Deus Ex!