Already, 10 million users have signed up for Google+, despite requiring an invitation. The user base has also been particularly active, sharing and receiving one billion items per day.
It looks like Google will be launching games for Google+ in the near future. According to an article, Google is close to launching a social game network that could make Facebook nervous. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two platforms will be cost.
What Google's network won't be is a haven for developers who are seeking to get away from Zynga, which is larger than its next five competitors on Facebook combined.
The article citing unnamed multiple sources as saying that not only will there be games to play on Google+ network, but that Google may also provide a couple of immediate benefits to game developers if the Internet giant actually pulls everything off. "Google will take less than a 30 percent cut of the revenues, which will break the industry standard created over the past few years by both Facebook and Apple," reports AllThingsD,
In addition to the better publishing terms, the story adds that games on Google+ will run on Google's own servers. Facebook games typically run on the game developer's servers. Two people described the platform as a "native client," which means that Google will host the games on its own servers, rather than on the developer's.
The expectation is that this could lead to faster game play for users, with shorter loading times and fewer bugs than in games found on Facebook.
The story said that the Google+ game launch could happen as soon as this month, although, one unnamed source said it could take a bit longer.
A Google spokesperson declined to comment.
Update: Looks like it's happening soon, if the official help document is to be believed.
According to Google's own help document, though, pictured above, the addition of gaming to the service might not be that far away. But early adopters of Google+ hoping to escape the Hand of Zynga shouldn't despair just yet, and here's why.
For those who haven't yet made use of Google+, the key concept of the service is the use of "Circles." These allow you to organize your friends, acquaintances and favorite celebrities into separate "streams" so that not only can you customize what you're reading at any one time, but you can also share your own content selectively. This helps get around the age-old problem of suddenly realizing that your boss can see those pictures of that disgusting things.