Zynga Moving Beyond Facebook

by Jim Reilly on Mar 01, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Zynga today announced it will soon make available many of its games to play through its website.

In a few days, will host Words with Friends, CastleVille, Zynga Poker, Hidden Chronicles and CityVille. Games from other developers will be added soon afterwards.

"We've invested heavily to build a network and infrastructure tuned for delivering social gaming at scale," Zynga CEO Mark Pincus said. "We’ve learned a lot about developing, launching, scaling and supporting the most socially engaging play experiences and we're excited today to begin to apply this to a broader set of games.

"We’re building a dedicated environment for our players to interact with each other around our games and we’re excited to make that network available to our fellow developers so our players can enjoy their awesome games too."

One added feature is the new Social Stream, allowing you to play in real time with your friends and find new ones. Pincus said this is not a move to separate from Facebook, but rather to compliment the social network.

"We're proud to be a part of Facebook's ecosystem and we built to complement their pervasive social graph," he said. " will be one of the first sites completely integrated with Facebook which has become the world’s social dial-tone."

[Source: Zynga]