Are Facebook games finished for startups?
I polled thirty-six game startups about what platform they were basing their companies on. It was a pretty diverse group, representing Ireland, UK, US, Norway, India, Lebanon, Italy and Turkey. Based on this sample, it seems as if Facebook has been completely dropped as the game platform of choice for most new games companies.
Here are the headline results:
- 45% of startups are working on iOS (phone and/or tablet)
- 14% are working on Android (phone and/or tablet)
- Only 11% are working on Facebook
Has Facebook really fallen this out of favour with the game development community? If this is representative at a larger scale, it’s going to create a serious problem for Facebook in the future (user fatigue and the obvious revenue impact). Regardless of whether there is actually room or not, will there be enough startups interested in Facebook as a platform to create another Wooga?
As an interesting aside, almost 20% of startups said they were working on tablets either exclusively or with a mobile SKU. I was expecting significantly higher. Given Amazon’s Kindle Fire announcement earlier, this remains a huge opportunity for startups.