22 September 2010 | Category: Online
Facebook currently has about 200 million users who regularly play games on the social networking website, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg.
At Facebook's "Gaming Event" at its corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, Zuckerberg noted that the figure amounts to 40 percent of the social network's user base. The statistics seem to indicate that gaming is now one of the biggest reasons that people frequently use Facebook.
However, it's not all positive, as Zuckerberg states that "they’re also in the top five things that people hate." A big part of that reason is the constant additions to a user's news feed that often results from the games themselves. "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." Nonetheless, solving that problem is easy according to Zuckerberg. "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.”
Facebook statistics indicate that of all the games available on Facebook, the top ten collectively draw in about 12 million users.