200m Facebook users play games every month
More than two hundred million people are playing games on Facebook each month, according to the site’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
Speaking at Facebook’s ‘Gaming Event’ at Facebook’s headquarters yesterday in Palo Alto, San Francisco, Zuckerberg revealed that 40pc of the site’s userbase visits the site to enjoy social games such as Farmville.
The statistic seems to show that the gaming has become one of the primary reasons why people now visit the site.
According to Facebook’s statistics, the top 10 games on the site have more than 12 million active users each.
However, Zuckerberg told the audience that it was complicated as social games, despite being in the top five things that people like, “they’re also in the top five things that people hate”.
Talking at the press event, he explained: “One of biggest drivers of negative experiences has been games. But poll Facebook users, and games are in the top five.
"There have been at least four large companies building games. On the other hand, games are one of the biggest complaints we get. Often right up there on list of top five people wish weren’t there…
“When we turn weight of game stories in News Feed up — we get complaints. Turn it down, get complaints. We want to build and enable anything that hundreds of millions of people want to use.
"Solutions are pretty simple: if someone is playing a game, and they want context about that game… then don’t limit stories about that game.
"On the other hand, if you’ve never played a certain game, then you probably don’t want to see context from a lot of friends who are playing that game.”