There you have it. Straight from the horse’s mouth. Facebook will not develop any games. Mark Zuckerberg himself confirmed the same during his interview with Charlie Rose, wherein he discussed about many things including, “war” with Google, Amazon, “Little Facebook” (Google+), the idea of an IPO (to attract & retain talent) & this bombshell to remain “focused on doing one thing incredibly well.”
Many are hooked to the incredible games on offer at Facebook like; FarmVille Virtual World Games (5.5 Million Users), Texas HoldEm Poker (3.6 Million), Mafia Wars Game (2.3 Million) one would think Facebook, could do well to design & develop few games themselves, but Mark has made it very clear.
Though Mark is enthusiastic about Games, “Games is probably the biggest industry today that has gone really social, right. I mean, the incumbent game companies are really being disrupted and are quickly trying to become social. And you have companies like Zynga (which are going public soon and will be valued most likely at multibillion dollar valuations, and basically all of their games are built on top of Facebook for the most part) And a huge number of other companies as well.”
He tries to explain his stand, “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. Building a great music service is really hard. Building a great movie 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.”
All that means is Facebook wants to stay a “Platform” to “Connect People” & Mark feels that as soon as you start multiple avenues, you lose focus & the platform starts to suffer.
However, we feel that once this platform reaches its peak i.e. it is fully developed & its users will be the only one driving the change, then what? The only way to then grow is bifurcate into adjacent markets like: Apps for the Platform.