A lot of talk has been given to the radically quick collapse of the Facebook gaming universe, including Zynga’s recent troubles and jump to the online gambling space. Left unsaid is that, if you’re a social network other than Facebook, things are probably a lot worse.
Confirmation of that came in the form of this report from Google+, announcing they are phasing out their games channel. I suppose this isn’t a surprise, in that in my limited usage of Google+, I haven’t ever even CONSIDERED playing a game on that platform. Which in a platform that’s supposed to encourage some level of virality, pretty telling. Whether its telling about Google+’s viability as a game platform, or its viability overall, is hard to tell.