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Its no surprise that social media sites like Facebook are huge, but there are games on there that are huge too. Farmville, casino games, and others are all available for online play.
As online gamblers, do you play any of those games? I myself don't, but if real money gambling were offered through Facebook, I would be intrigued.
Would you gamble for real in a social game? What is your opinion?
I have a couple that are vaguely social that I play on my iphone. Hero Academy, Words with Friends and DrawSomething are probably the most common ones I play. But I don't do any Facebook games.
Zynga is the company responsible for many of those titles and they floated a while back and are slowly going down the tube as people turn away from their ad-infested games in droves. I find the relentless onslaught of ads in their games annoying as hell. Its clear they treat their players as cash cows to be milked rather than as people they want to entertain. This week a class action was lodged alleging insider trading as many of the management sold shares at $12 a few months back and now the price is under $3 and falling. One of their big hopes is to be allowed to run real money poker through their Facebook poker games. The question is do people really want to do that there or are they just content to have a free fun game with their friends. I reckon its the latter.
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I played DrawSomething while my wife was in the ER a few months back. It was OK, but the fact that I draw like a kindergartener hindered my enjoyment of the game a bit.
I agree that Zynga is in some dire straights. They really need to find a better way to monetize themselves and get more revenues. Overhauling the way they allow ads would probably be the first way.
Maybe if they could get into online poker or real money gambling with a tie in to a big casino name they could turn it around, however there are a lot of questions about them right now.
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