Google+ and Social Games: A Threat to Facebook?

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Google has sparked an uproar amongst gaming fans by announcing its plans to go head-to-head with Facebook in the social games market with the rollout of a new games service for Google+. But despite the debut of 16 promising software titles including Angry Birds, Diamond Dash and Crime City, and support of publishers like Electronic Arts and Zynga, critics debate whether the social network can really compete.

With just 25 million users to Facebook’s near 800-million strong audience, it’s hard to see why game developers would turn to Google’s social gaming platform, or what’ll really get enthusiasts fidgeting en masse. As revealed in the latest episode of Gear Up though, the answers may surprise you, especially as the real play here isn’t necessarily in top-quality software itself, but rather staying two steps ahead of the game.