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 Pot Farm 's Jason Bailey: Industry Is 'Crossing Its Fingers' For Google+
Pot Farm's Jason Bailey: Industry Is 'Crossing Its Fingers' For Google+
August 8, 2011 | By Mike Rose

August 8, 2011 | By Mike Rose
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Developers need Google+ to be successful so that there is a second viable social games platform other than Facebook, according to Jason Bailey, CEO of newly-formed East Side Games.

Speaking to Vancouver's Straight, Bailey explained that Facebook is the only real platform available for social game developers, and it is in need of some competition -- namely Google+.

"Right now, there is only one major social-games platform, and that is Facebook. The consoles, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera are on a fucking nosedive," he said.

"There is honestly only one other player in town. There’s a few other small guys, but they’re completely inconsequential."

He continued, "Everybody in this industry is crossing their fingers and bowing down to the almighty G and saying, 'Please, please, let this work and give us a viable second platform where we can build our games.' Google+ being successful is going to be absolutely massive."

"If Google+ isn’t successful, something else will eventually come along. But when and where and what is a mystery to us all," he concluded.

East Side Games was set-up last month by Bailey along with Pot Farm developers Josh Nilson and Galan Akin, as part of a $1.5 million angel funding.


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Vin St John
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My only qualm is this: the reason Facebook has been great (for users, developers, everyone involved) is precisely that it had no competition. Everyone has a Facebook, so your Friends List is a literal list of all your friends. If you post a video to Facebook, you know everyone sees it, not just half of your friends. (Yes, I know it's hyperbole to say that 'everyone' has a Facebook, but the adoption rates were so high especially amongst their initial demographics that it's close to accurate).



I'm all for healthy marketplace competition, but in the back of my mind there's sort of this devil's advocate view, and I'm having trouble reconciling these two beliefs. Can Google+ co-exist with Facebook without sort of ruining both of their potentials?


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