Zuckerberg credits games for Facebook’s quick growth

By Patrick Garratt, Wednesday, 17 November 2010 09:06 GMT

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has credited games for the social site’s swift rise to dominance.

Speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco – via Venturebeat – Zuckerberg said that games generated a lot of early buzz for the network.

Titles such as FarmVille, Mafia Wars, and Zynga Poker are a big part of why Facebook has more than 500 million users. More than 200 million users play games on Facebook each month.

“Those are four really good game companies that are built almost entirely on Facebook,” Zuckerberg said, talking to conference co-host John Battelle.

“Zynga’s market value is bigger than Electronic Arts. [Zynga has] made a structural disruption to the game industry. If you look at a lot of platforms, games are usually the first big vertical market.

“That’s true for the iPhone. Even if you go back to the early PC, some of the first things that got people excited were games.”

Plenty more through there.

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