GDC: Facebook 'paid $1.4bn to devs last year'
Monday, 5th March 2012 at 9:50 pm
Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg 'holds meetings with games team on weekly basis'
Game and app developers that publish their work through Facebook made about $1.4 billion in 2011, an executive at the social network has said.
At a GDC lecture in San Francisco on Monday, the company declared its determination to support more games developers across the Facebook network.
“As early as 2010, we didn’t have a dedicated games team, but now we have 40 full-time people working on games,” Matt Wyndowe (pictured), a games product manager at Facebook, told attendees.
The Facebook games team meets with chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on a weekly basis, Wyndowe said, as quoted by Venturebeat.
It was not revealed how the $1.4 billion developer payout translates on a studio-by studio basis.
Facebook is looking to significantly bolster its fleet of game development partners, as its most prolific partner – Zynga – begins to edge away from the social network. As part of this plan, Facebook is establishing a European game development hub.
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